About the Book:
This is a good book for Christians who have a nagging feeling that all is not as they have been taught about what their Christian life is to feel like. There may be an underlying feeling of restlessness or a deep sense of not feeling fulfilled or satisfied with their Christian experience.
Opelt opened my eyes to the influence of positive thought on the concept of the emotional prosperity gospel. We may have been told our relationship with Jesus should result in feeling satisfied, fulfilled, blessed and happy. Instead, we have a deep sense of spiritual unrest and may experience shame at our questions and negative feelings.
Opelt identifies the unreasonable expectations from work (totally fulfilled in your calling), parenthood (blessed by the full quiver), body (no physical limits), church (perfect), suffering (always a purpose) and more. She helps us learn to live with unanswered questions, such as with suffering, painful church experiences, and more.
This is a good book for Christians who are curious about their own spiritual discontentment. It is a thoughtful exploration of our expectations on our Christian spiritual experiences and relationship with Jesus. Opelt has given me much to think about, such as being satisfied with my mundane, ordinary and flawed Christian walk.
My rating: 5/5 stars.
About the Author:
Amanda Held Opelt is a speaker, songwriter, and author of the book A Hole in the World: Finding Hope in Rituals of Grief and Healing. She believes in the power of faith, community, ritual, worship, and shared stories to heal even our deepest wounds. Amanda has spent the last 15 years in the non-profit and humanitarian aid sectors. She lives in the mountains of Boone, North Carolina with her husband and young two daughters. You can find out more at http://amandaheldopelt.com/.
(My star ratings: 5-I love it, 4-I like it, 3-It's OK, 2-I don't like it, 1-I hate it.)