-Perhaps failing at faith is an ironic success, since disaster is where grace happens.- - Jason Stellman
Jason Stellman has always felt like a misfit. A Protestant pastor with a sharp wit, a restlessly inquisitive mind, and a love of pop culture and rock and roll, he has long sensed that something was missing when it came to his relationship with God. In time, he felt drawn to the Catholic Church, so he stepped down from his ministry and embraced Catholicism, only to still feel misplaced and homeless.
His feelings, thoughts, and troubles echo the disillusionment and confusion of many people who struggle relating to ancient faiths in a postmodern world.
In a book that mixes memoir with theological insights and taut storytelling, Stellman gives an edgy, honest, heart-on-his-sleeve account of what it means to be a mixed-up Christian outsider in the twenty-first century (and why this is a can be good thing). Misfit Faith is an invitation to all the religious vagabonds and exiles with nowhere to really call home, those wanderers who increasingly feel like mere fans of spirituality rather than committed members of the team.
If you've ever questioned your faith, felt like a spiritual malcontent, or sought solace for your existential angst at the bottom of a bottle of bourbon, then Stellman just may be the best drinking buddy you've never met.
- ISBN-13: 9780804140621
- ISBN-10: 0804140626
- Publisher: Convergent Books
- Publish Date: March 2017
- Page Count: 176
- Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.4 x 0.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 0.7 pounds
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2017-01-09
- Reviewer: Staff
Stellman, cohost of the Drunk Ex-Pastor podcast, advocates moving beyond mainstream Christian ideas in this encouraging work of popular theology. Drawing on his personal journey from evangelicalism to Catholicism to a more complicated relationship to faith, he argues that most Christians misunderstand the nature of God. In place of a stern, sadistic stickler for law, he urges an understanding of God as father. This orientation opens Christians to a stronger sense of grace, a more universal idea of salvation, and a less hostile approach to the world. His wit and popular culture references disguise and cushion the seriousness of his claims. He carefully draws from the doctrine of the Trinity, the incarnation, and New Testament texts, explaining their still relevant and originally shocking claims. Stellman manages to find a middle ground between liberal Christianitys broad toleration and conservatives push for boundaries and textual adherence. The work ends somewhat abruptly but provides a vision for a broader, more hospitable Christianity that has room for all our failed attempts and plenty of hope. (Mar.)