Review: A Curious Faith by Lore Ferguson Wilbert
Have you ever read the kind of book where you want to go fast and slow at the same time? You want to rush through the pages because each page is a revelation, but at the same time you can’t bear for it to be over, because then the revelations will cease. Of course we can always go back and read it again, and each reading will reveal more. But there is nothing like that first read through, where you feel your thoughts and your heart and soul have been revealed on the page before you.
Well, this is the kind of book A Curious Faith was for me. I can’t promise it will be the same for you, because I don’t know your story. But, as Lore Ferguson Wilbert writes her story and her questions, I see my own story and questions reflected back. I can only pray and hope for the same experience for you.
When I was reading, knowing I would write a review, I kept thinking that this would be the chapter I focus on. The one where she talks about the fear of not knowing what God will require of us in his plan for the world. The one where she talks about the damage particular theology has done in telling us we are first and foremost broken, not first and foremost loved children of God. The chapter that cut me to the heart where she echoes my own pain: that my life has not been a fairy tale. That the disappointments and hurts of life have made these questions not just needed but essential. I could on. And on, and on, and on.
But these are the chapters that spoke to me. These are the questions that echo deep in my own soul. I don’t know what chapters will speak to you. I don’t know what questions you are asking, or are afraid to ask, or don’t even know you need to ask. But God does. God knows your questions. God knows your story.
And I truly believe, that through this book, God will speak to those questions in your life. No matter who you are, where you are or the state of your heart, God will use this book to draw out the questions that will examine the state of your soul.
My review is biased, of course. I have followed Lore Ferguson Wilbert’s writing for years over on Sayable. I share her words and pictures on social media frequently. I loved her first book and love this book even more. But I don’t think I am being biased when I say this is a great book, it is accessible, and it is right for all those struggling under the weight of their questions.
Each chapter is short. You could read a chapter a night as a devotion, or you could read each of the three sections in a chunk, or you could race it all before going back to the chapters that speak to you, that pull on your heartstrings.
I know this review is late (the book has been released into the world for over a week) and I know my reach is small (I have few followers on social media and even fewer who will click through to my blog). But I hope if you are reading this, you will check out this book. It is available on book depository, my preferred place for book buying as an Australian constantly facing increasing shipping prices. This book is well worth the investment.
I wanted to end with a quote or section that meant a lot to me and would persuade you of the goodness of this book. But again, I was left with too many sections to choose from. So I will just leave you with this tweet by another writer I respect, and invite you to ask the questions, and know that it is act of faith.