Thrashing About with God: Finding Faith on the Other Side of Everything #2020

Thrashing About with God: Finding Faith on the Other Side of Everything By Mandy Steward Thrashing About with God Finding Faith on the Other Side of Everything What if Jesus didn t die so our lives could look perfect What if He died so we could stop feeling like our lives have to be perfect to mean something What if we simply live out our own story even if
  • Title: Thrashing About with God: Finding Faith on the Other Side of Everything
  • Author: Mandy Steward
  • ISBN: 9780781408257
  • Page: 100
  • Format: Paperback
  • Thrashing About with God: Finding Faith on the Other Side of Everything By Mandy Steward What if Jesus didn t die so our lives could look perfect What if He died so we could stop feeling like our lives have to be perfect to mean something What if we simply live out our own story, even if it doesn t look as others say it should Mandy Steward set out in pursuit of these what ifs She didn t find answers so much as she discovered a messy grace that knows no liWhat if Jesus didn t die so our lives could look perfect What if He died so we could stop feeling like our lives have to be perfect to mean something What if we simply live out our own story, even if it doesn t look as others say it should Mandy Steward set out in pursuit of these what ifs She didn t find answers so much as she discovered a messy grace that knows no limits and a God that was and is willing to thrash about with her no matter her questions or struggles or doubts What she found was abundant life, but it didn t look like she thought it was going to It was far different, and much deeper This is a book without easy answers that lets those struggling with faith and searching for know they are not alone.
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    1. Giving a book a ranking at all is something I m loath to do in most cases but especially in this one, as it has a lot to do with what Mandy Steward addresses, including how she s decided to tackle her reactions to the opinions and labels of others Given the subject matter, I d hate to come across as a prime example of the type of person she s talking about within the pages However, part of the process of writing a book includes inviting feedback from members of the public, so now I ll attempt to [...]


    2. I read this book in one sitting A brief dozing off between 3 AM and 7 AM I don t think that counts When I closed the cover following the final page I let out a gusty exhale I hadn t known I was holding my breath.I am one who finds herself skittish, to put it mildly, in the world of faith and traditional Christianity My fundamentalist roots and the consequent good Christian girl experiences read exhaustive, shame based, fear based, marked with an infinite array of shoulds and exclusions of practi [...]


    3. I should start by saying that I am probably not the target audience for Thrashing About With God Mandy Steward makes a point of saying that she knows she is not finished with this journey of grace, and I completely understand that I hope I am never done learning about the mysteries of God either But the sense I got from the book is that she is not settled with herself, that she still feels defensive about parts of her story like taking a break from church and not reading the Bible This is unders [...]


    4. Are you tired of pretending Are you tired of spitting out right answers for others when your own well has gone dry.Are you tired of thinking the dreams you long to step into aren t holy enough to warrant action Are you tired of religiously giving and sacrificing and having nothing left to feed yourself Mandy Steward is a pastor s wife, mother of four young children and a talented artist This is the story of her search for spiritual fulfillment and peace.Ms Steward struggles with the expectations [...]


    5. So much of my ARC of Mandy Steward s Thrashing About With God resonated Steward gives us a book that allows inside her process of faith, complete with questions, doubt, wrestling, and glimmers of hope I appreciated her honesty and vulnerability and was honestly amazed a Christian publisher dared to go there There s no tied up neat conclusions, no black and white theology Just Steward s openness to where she s at, her willingness to step away from church for a time, and the very real ways God is [...]


    6. Vulnerable, funny and profound I found so much of myself in her words, as I think many evangelicals will What I loved about this book, though, was the grace woven throughout It s not a church bashing memoir it s full of hope and God and, yes, even church and community done right The author wasn t ashamed to say she didn t have all the answers, wrestling right up until the end, and I loved the transparency about that.


    7. An incredible memoir Mandy Steward takes the chaos and messiness of thrashing and weaves it perfectly with the coming into one s own It s not sequential or even necessarily organized, but really there s no other way for Steward to have spilled her words I loved this book can t wait to get my own paper copy when it comes out.


    8. A gift to read Honest Tender A book about a woman in process who knows it, stays open, and thrashes through being her authentic self with God, four children, her husband s church vocation, and in the depth of friendship It only took me so long to read because I moved while reading and was able to get through about a chapter every other night or so Great way to end my days Thanks, Mandy.


    9. I m grateful to Mandy David Cook Publisher for embracing this message and sharing it in print So much indoctrination, heaps of twisted perceptions of what walking Christianity should look like, make a conversation boo about a messy life wrestling with God, a potentially controversial one Thank you for simply being real, straight forward and including us in the reality that we are enough, and we need others to love us as we slowly love ourselves As is.


    10. This is a book filled with bright words Bright words are those clusters of ideas that speak to you, that you need to hear We all know what our bright words are, and they change all the time as we change That s why I d keep this book handy At different points on different days, there will be different chapters that hit you just right and help put cracks in the walls around your heart With chapter titles like Illiterate, Darkness, Naked, Voice, So , Mystery, Love, Labeled, Rhythms, and Friend, thi [...]


    11. Growing up in a home guided by the tenets of organized religion can shrink your worldview Some might argue that it expands your view in just the right directions,but, in my experience, my thrashing was not invited to the conversation My obedience was Mandy Steward has set out for us a wild map, drawn with thick paint and finger thin lines, tied up with her own brand of magic that draws the reader in to her world, married to a pastor, mother of four and allows us to follow her journey towards spi [...]


    12. This book came into my hands not because I m a Christian I ve never been particularly involved with religion but because I fell in love with Mandy s philosophies and writings on art and the mysteries, from reading her blog There is something about self acceptance, about messiness and madness and magic, and about individuality and sovereignty, that it seems like Mandy gets in a deep and true way, and is able to articulate well For these reasons, I am drawn to her writing, and I picked up this boo [...]


    13. This has been on my to read list for ages, since practically every writer friend I know has recommended it Much like me, Mandy Steward was the Christian good girl, and then she grew up and married a minister, which, as everyone knows, makes you a Super Good Christian But burnout, doubt, and a faith crisis combined to throw her into a whirlpool of unknown, and this book is her thrashing her way through these questions, and finding a place of peace and resolution From this general description, I f [...]


    14. Extraordinary book I found no answers, which is what I usually look for in books on God Instead, I found someone who had virtually all the same questions as I have had about years of Christian experience that somehow did not result in the abundant life For example Why, when I do everything that spiritual authorities tell me to do, am I so empty Why can t I ever seem to find God the way others do Can I hear from God besides through reading the Bible Is it possible to trust the still, small voice [...]


    15. This book is an advanced read I got this book from the author through a contest I had hoped that I would the book as it seemed to have a different focus re the Christian spiritual life than what was in the contest lists in general I liked Mandy s writing as it was raw, honest this is where I am at with God and it is messy food for thought Mandy tells us that she is a mother of 4, wife of a church staffer and she has periods where she doesn t really like going to church, doesn t really know what [...]


    16. I ve been reading Mandy s blog for 3.5 years and read through her dark messy days When I first began the book I told her that her book was what I d hoped Blue Like Jazz to be I wanted to highlight and underline all sorts of beautiful words and phrases she was right on There were definitely times that I did not identify with her At a young age I felt alienated by church church people church setting and have long since made my peace with it and God There were so many times I wanted to tell her to [...]


    17. This wasn t bad by any means, but after awhile I just got tired of it I got tired of it seeming like her main problem with Christianity was that it didn t mesh with her artistry Unless I was just missing something I did read it before bed at night and was sometimes tired I would have thought it would be interesting for her to delve into why she seemed to be having a faith crisis Instead it seemed like a lot of her talking about not knowing what she really believed, or if she believed something, [...]


    18. I discovered this jewel by accident, yet precisely when I needed it the most What I love about this book is that it is honest, yet kind, about Christianity By opening up about her own thought processes, feelings, and experiences she allows others with the same or similar struggles to have a cup of tea or coffee with somebody who has been there For those who may not yet have struggled with such depth with their faith, it offers an insight Her process doesn t belittle those who cling to the rules [...]


    19. I see a huge monster, and his name is Religion, and I am finally brave enough to be angry with him, because he has stolen God away from me, making Him into a tame little puny judge with graying hair who raps his wooden mallet and squeaks out, You re forever guilty I found Thrashing About with God a wonderful look at the struggles we find in life and our faith Steward is honest about the trials she has found with the church, other believers and the incredibly difficult life of being a pastor s wi [...]


    20. A breath of fresh air At times I m disappointed in memoir type books, but not this time This is so much than a recounting of an individual life experience It is a recounting of raw emotion, authentic thrashing about in the messiness of life, an honesty that I found so refreshing I saw fearful bravery in this author, and felt such a connection with my own thrashing about in Christian circles Some might be downright scandalized by her glorious rebellion, but I dare you to read the book anyway, an [...]


    21. The book is about a woman struggling to find her unique relationship with the Divine There are a lot of Christian overtones, but no attempt at conversion I think this would work for many different faiths, and certainly jived really well with my own New Age Rebel version of Christianity I could really relate to what Mandy was going through even though my own journey was a different creature If you re interested in faith without answers, then I can completely recommend Thrashing about with God.


    22. I appreciated the raw honesty and courage to ask questions that often feel off limits However, I am uncomfortable with the route the author took to find her faith again stopping reading her Bible, reading the mystics Sometimes I wondered if she was interested in finding herself than finding God It reads much like you opened someone s journal and started reading Ultimately, she asks brave questions, without offering answers.


    23. I really liked this book It is obvious that Mandy is dealing with a lot stuff from the church and it IS so hard to separate Jesus from his followers when they can be so darn adamant.There were parts I completely understood and identified with and parts that had me disagreeing out loud Overall, I think it is a great book to read for anyone who struggles with the church, if for nothing else to help you see where your buttons may be.


    24. I loved how raw her emotions about God and Christianity were I loved how fresh her perspective was, she is a breath of fresh air But I felt she rambled on just a bit too much, made the same points over and over again, and frankly, I was expecting for the ending I think she could have done I overall enjoyed the book, just had higher expectations.


    25. Disclaimer I am a polytheistic pagan witch That being said I LOVED this book It was such a gift and written so raw and beautiful Mandy is a beautiful soul for sharing this gift I so suggest it for anyone who feels like they don t know who they are, or want to find a way to survive the mess and dark It was beautiful


    26. I have felt misunderstood for most of my life, but reading Mandy s words made me feel less alone She was willing to be vulnerable and ask the tough questions and get messyd that is how I tend to live, but I always felt crazy for living that way This book was placed in my life for a reason, and I am very grateful


    27. It s incredible how she wrote this from such a vulnerable, heartfelt and tender place She asks questions that I have struggled with over the years Life is messy and mysterious and there are no quick fixes.This book has the perfect title for what is in it.


    28. This book felt a journal of intimate thought and experiences I really enjoyed Mandy s openness and authenticity, and vulnerability as she recounts her struggles I imagine this is what a kindred spirit would get if grabbing a coffee with her, connecting old soul to old soul.


    29. There are some real pearls in the book But overall it reads like someone s rambling journal when they re trying to figure out something and come to terms with it There s way too much repetition Again, some real pearls, though.


    30. One big blog post, of authors rambolingsOther than the one word chapter titles , the author moves through her array of feelings, emotions and opinions devoid of the truths of God s Word, pursuing most every direction.


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