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This post is from Elizabeth Chapin. I’ve had this awhile but last week was occupied with other topics. Elizabeth’s post is serious and stands alone. While Leonard Sweet considers Alan Jamieson?s Chrysalis as ?destined to become a classic? I found the book to be lacking what it takes to rise to classic status in my library. Jamieson himself offers a caution that while he is employing the metaphor of chrysalis in his book, ?human faith is far more complex than the journey of caterpillar-to-chrysalis-to-butterfly.? If this journey is so complex, why limit oneself to such a simple metaphor?
Jamieson is clear in his caution or disclaimer at the beginning of his book that ?we are all called to walk our own pathway: a pathway that is unique and personal into a deeper understanding and living out of our Christian faith.? I appreciated the themes, stages and descriptions of what a person might be struggling with and frustrated about in their journey of faith transformation. As someone who has experienced ?chrysalis,? ?dark night,? or ?desert? times, I can identify with much of the emotional turmoil, doubts and fears he suggests as normal during those times. In some sense, this metaphor of chrysalis leads us to believe this is a one time happening – that once we emerge from the chrysalis we will never have to go back. This has not been my experience.