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So You Thought You Knew: Letting Go of Religion

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Tired of religion?

What if almost everything you were taught about Christianity is wrong?

Would you give up on faith altogether? Or is it possible to rediscover—with fresh eyes—a richer and more satisfying understanding of God and spirituality?

So You Thought You Knew is a refreshing journey written straight from the heart. It's about thinking outside the “institutional wa
Kindle Edition, 267 pages
Published January 30th 2014 by Joshua Tongol (first published January 24th 2014)
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Richard Lewis
Nov 15, 2015 Richard Lewis rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! It was a quick and fun read! It was honest. It was raw. This book says a lot of things that many people are probably also feeling but don't think they are allowed to say.

In the beginning of his book, Joshua asks a key question, "Or is it possible to rediscover—with fresh eyes—a richer and more satisfying understanding of God and spirituality?" Joshua continues to ask key questions throughout his book. Joshua reminds us, "You see, I don’t think God is afraid of people asking q
Wendy Leonard-Richardson
This is a thought provoking yet easy and fun read. I doubt many evangelical Christians will read this but think maybe they should give it at least some consideration. The sentiments shared make you question what you "know." Depending on your views this may be good or bad but I am a strong believer in constantly reaffirming one's beliefs through serious reflection.
Sep 12, 2014 Brook rated it it was amazing
Shelves: grace
This book is a great read for both believers and unbelievers alike. I'm so grateful to Joshua for putting a voice to struggles and thoughts that many people have wrestled with, but may not have had the opportunity to express in public.

His writing style is honest, conversational and free from rigid scriptural arguments presented as facts. The book serves instead, as a window into a different way of understanding the love of God towards all humanity. Joshua invites the reader on his personal journ
Joseph Radosti
Feb 26, 2014 Joseph Radosti rated it it was amazing
The Title tells a lot about the content of this book. Tongol takes an honest approach to try and reckon with his understanding of the infinite and ever present God. Written for those who are asking questions about their Christian faith – rethinking what they believe, what they have been taught to be “orthodox” and have decided to be honest with themselves and God. Tongol wrestles with questions that many Christians probably have considered; such as how to reconcile the passages in the Bible that ...more
Sep 26, 2014 Karen rated it liked it
Shelves: faith
The big problem I found with this book was its overtly American style and approach. Much of what Joshua Tongol shares is very similar to my own faith history and conclusions, but the way that it is explored and explained required much perseverance mostly because I simply do not connect to the 'American Evangelical Right' with its extroversion and upfront character. There is a passion and excitement, undoubtedly, but little of the pain that must have been a big part of Joshua's move from Southern ...more
Michael Donahoe
Feb 27, 2014 Michael Donahoe rated it it was amazing
I found this book to really hit the nail on the head in regard to the way I've been feeling and the questions I've been having over the past few years. I grew up as a 'church-going christian' who didn't question anything. The last few years I've been very dissatisfied with organized religion and I began wondering about some of the basics I had been taught over the years. I really began questioning myself for having these thoughts and feelings. It's books like this one that really encourages me ...more
Joel Wentz
Dec 16, 2015 Joel Wentz rated it really liked it
Very much in the style of Rob Bell, this is not a theological treatise. It's more like a somewhat poetic memoir/reflection on serious issues within Evangelical culture. It's well-written in the sense that it is gripping, easy to read, and makes you pause and think frequently (I have not been about to get the chapter on Satan out of my head for about a week). This is one of those strange books that I really enjoyed, but will be careful who I recommend it to. If you know of someone struggling with ...more
Trevor Lloyd
This was interesting from the point of view of an insight into a representative of the so-called 'extreme grace' teachers and an overview of some of the kind of 'new' thinking going on. Even more progressive theology than I expected, affected by McClaren and Bell etc. He is right about the shifts that are happening in the Christian world today, much of it fueled by greater use of the internet and social media. But it is very basic and introductory and subjective, given that he is suggesting a ...more
Joshua Baru
Apr 09, 2014 Joshua Baru rated it it was amazing
Giving voice to the questions some are struggling with and connecting dots for those who learns from it. I am thankful that i have read it and a comfort to know that there are others out there and i am not alone.

I still struggle as to how i am going to share this with my family and friends but i am happy as to where i am now and the way o think..

Thanks Josh, God bless..
Sandra Alua
Aug 09, 2014 Sandra Alua rated it did not like it
Another book written for evangelical Christians that live I. Fear of God and the devil. If you're not a member of that group then it's unlikely that you'll find anything insightful in this - other than feign very very badly for evangelical Christians that is.
Oct 12, 2014 Zaida rated it it was amazing
Haha just what I needed for this season of my life.
It didn't bring me to another level,it brought me to a completely different place.
I recommend EVERYONE to read this. Religious, non religious spiritual and non spiritual.
Truly will shake up anything you've ever heard or believed.
Lana Superchi
Apr 05, 2014 Lana Superchi rated it really liked it
I am glad that I read this but as another reviewer stated, I don't think that everyone could handle all he has to say. Many of us are struggling with some of these issues and he raises some very good points.
Apr 13, 2015 Craig rated it really liked it
Very liberating. I loved reading this book but I wish it was 5 times as long and he really went into the nitty gritty of some of his beliefs.
Jordan Martin
Mar 26, 2014 Jordan Martin rated it did not like it
Poorly written. Shallow. One is right to ask questions about their own worldview, but I don't recommend this book as a place to find substantive conversation.
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