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Doubt can play an important role in a healthy spiritual life. This
statement may seem counter-intuitive, but Boyett, popular speaker and
author of Pocket Guide to the Afterlife, illustrates its truth through
his own faith struggles. Grounded in Scripture and Christian history,
the author provides examples of great religious thinkers who experienced
their own trials of doubt about God, faith, and the church. But it is
when he weaves in humorous, even poignant, autobiographical anecdotes
that his writing springs to life. One fascinating highlight is the
discussion regarding the “hidden God,” a phrase used by many great
religious figures to describe just how different God is from human
categories and understanding. Ultimately, the author’s point is clear:
if there were no doubt, there would not be faith. The author is
comfortable with a snarky, self-deprecating style that will appeal to
the under-40 crowd, although older readers may not appreciate it. For
anyone wrestling with doubt about religious faith, however, this memoir
provides a chance to examine the experience with levity.
My snarky, self-deprecating self is grateful for the review. I’m also grateful to those of you who are over 40 and still appreciate my style. Apparently Publisher’s Weekly thinks you’re not quite ordinary.
Yes, I’m talking to you, Mom and Dad.