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12 June 2012

"Faith and Other Flat Tires" - Book Giveaway!

I just received my review copy of Andrea Palpant Dilley's shiny new book, Faith and Other Flat Tires: Searching for God on the Rough Road of Doubt. And to make things even better, I have one paperback copy to give away to a reader! Stay tuned over the coming days for specifics on how you can be a part of the giveaway. Share a link to the blog with friends! Wait... that would diminish your chances to win, wouldn't it? I suppose I'd better hope none of you are math majors, because I'd love for you to get the word out. So go forth and tell your peeps.

Here's a brief description of the book (emphases below are mine):

At age twenty-one, Andrea Palpant Dilley stripped the Christian fish decal off her car bumper in a symbolic act of departure from her religious childhood. At twenty-three, she left the church and went searching for refuge in the company of men who left her lonely and friends who pushed the boundaries of what she once held sacred.

In this deeply personal memoir, Andrea navigates the doubts that plague believers and skeptics alike: Why does a good God allow suffering? Why is God so silent, distant, and uninvolved? And why does the church seem so dysfunctional?

Yet amid her skepticism, she begins to ask new questions: Could doubting be a form of faith? Might our doubts be a longing for God that leads to a faith we can ultimately live with?

That hits directly on some of the dominant questions of a generation or two, starting with mine. By the way, I encourage you not to judge the book based upon a blurb on its back cover, as I have several good friends whom I suspect would likely dismiss it based upon the last two sentences above.

Having read the introduction, I'm already thinking I'll identify with much of what she says. Dilley states, "I frame my story by using John Bunyan's The Pilgrim's Progress as a parallel pilgrimage." [The link goes to a free Kindle version of the classic book, by the way.] Bunyan's work was incredibly catalytic in my walk with Christ.

Also from the introduction of Flat Tires, here are a couple of compelling recollections: "I grew up in a healthy Christian home and a healthy Christian community. And yet, beginning in adolescence, I started questioning everything I'd been raised to believe." If that doesn't resonate with you in some way, either from personal experience or something you're observing in the life of a family member or friend, you may not find this book to be up your alley, but it's right in the proverbial sweet spot for me.

Special thanks to Zondervan and Julie at Handlebar Marketing for the review opportunity! In case you can't wait, here are links to purchase the paperback, Kindle, Nook, eBook, or audio versions.

Off to read...


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