O Me of Little Faith

O Me of Little Faith

A Belated Review in Publisher’s Weekly

If you’ll allow me a day of ridiculously shameless self-promotion, O Me of Little Faith finally got reviewed by Publisher’s Weekly (though as a web exclusive, and not in the print edition):

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.


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Mr. Big

posted October 5, 2010 at 7:32 am

I’ll guess you’re going to get many votes of confidence today from the over-40 snarkless, other-deprecating set. I’d like to be the first from the group to say I appreciated and enjoyed your book.

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posted October 5, 2010 at 8:44 am

I am over 60 and the 3 friends to whom I have lent the book are all between 50 and 85. We all enjoyed the book and the style. The Publisher Weekly’s condescending, author-deprecating style does not appeal to me.

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posted October 5, 2010 at 9:49 am

Another ‘golden years’ reader here. One doesn’t lose his sense of “snark” just because he gets old.

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posted October 5, 2010 at 10:08 am

I just read your book two weeks ago and thought it was great. And yes, I am over 40!

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Ken Grant

posted October 5, 2010 at 10:33 am

Hmmm, since I started appreciating your writing style back in my 30s, did that inoculate me to the “anti-snark” gene that was supposed to activate on my 40th birthday – just a theory.

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posted October 5, 2010 at 10:55 am

As part of the over 40 set, loved the book and your writing style. I have a couple of the pocket guides as well.

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Janet Oberholtzer

posted October 5, 2010 at 11:34 am

Over 40 and love your snarky style! Curious how old the person was that wrote this review … because he/she needs to hang out with an over 40 crowd to see how snarky we can have.

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Charlie Chang

posted October 5, 2010 at 12:12 pm

Grats Jason. I’m currently involved in 2 personal writing projects (books).
If you feel up for it, maybe you can put up a post that can give us readers some tips on how to keep writing when you don’t feel like it. I’m not sure where to find the time to write with 2 kids, dishes, packing lunches and work.
Keep up the good work.

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Jason Boyett

posted October 5, 2010 at 12:17 pm

Just wanted to say thank you to all of my over-40 readers who have somehow found the strength in their waning years to appreciate my humor. I love and respect you and, in just a few short years, I will BE you. I am assuming that I will be forced, at that point, to writing humorless Amish fiction. (As opposed to the comic Amish fiction I am writing now.)
Anyway, thanks for the encouragement.

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posted October 5, 2010 at 2:41 pm

Us over-40’s are the ones who invented snark. Please keep it coming.

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posted October 5, 2010 at 4:31 pm

Yup. Over 40. Yup. Enjoyed your book. I did a quick read thru of it, & now want to go back & read it more thoroughly. Think i need to keep it on my list (in my mind) for Christmas gifts, too, for a few folkw i know.
Congrats on your review. :)

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posted October 5, 2010 at 4:33 pm

Hi Jason,
I am over 40, and your “snarky” style Keep it up!

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Charlie's Church of Christ

posted October 5, 2010 at 4:42 pm

hittin’ the big time!

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posted October 5, 2010 at 4:49 pm

Over 60. Love the snark.

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