Thursday, December 8, 2016
Mini-reviews: Lessons in Belonging and Love Warrior
There are an abundance of spiritual memoirs from people in their 20s and 30s who feel that it is difficult to belong in the churches of their childhood. It's so much easier to just leave when someone lets you down or hurts you. But Lane discovers that disillusionment is the first step in belonging. Just like any other relationship, being a part of a church means being vulnerable, truthful, and willing to pick your battles and love in spite of your differences. Lane doesn't pretend to have all of the answers, but her questions will seem very familiar to many people who both love the church and feel like they sometimes don't belong there.
Lessons in Belonging From A Church-Going Commitment Phobe
By Erin Lane
IVP Books December 2014
Read via Netgalley
This book has been overshadowed by the reality that writing about your life always means writing about the past. As Love Warrior comes to its end, the author has learned a lot about herself and has hope for the future of her marriage. But this manuscript was completed several years ago. As Glennon currently promotes this book, she has separated from her husband and is currently dating Abby Wombach. In spite of the changes to her life since finishing this book, the story itself holds up as raw and beautiful. She writes about the ways that we compromise who we are to fit into perceptions of who we should be and the truth that we must know and love ourselves before we can truly love and know others. If you are in the midst of heartbreak, this is your book. If you have read and loved Glennon's writing before, this is her best work yet.
By Glennon Doyle Melton
St. Martin's Press September 2016
From my shelves
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Awesome reviews! I have a thing for memoirs and hadn't heard of these women authors before. Once way,they are similar, both searching for the rightReplyDelete
answers. But their endings were different. I want to say one holds on and one gave up, but I don't know Glennon's situation. Maybe there was no other solution than to let go.
I enjoy reading memoirs, these books look really good. I am an atheist now-a-days, but I understand the struggles that might come from knowing too much about your religion.ReplyDelete
I also like the idea of reading a "raw and beautiful" story that still holds true, even though the authors situation has changed. Great reviews!
I must read Lessons In Belonging. I have had some similar experiences as the author, and it sounds like similar struggles in life as far as fitting into church. I have a real thing for memoirs lately too, so yay.ReplyDelete