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Walking Away from Faith: Unraveling the Mystery of Belief & Unbelief

3.84  ·  Rating Details ·  49 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
Why do some people lose their faith? Ruth Tucker looks at the testimony of some who have made the choice to walk away in an effort to help us understand why they did. She shares honestly from her own experience and tells us why she continues to choose faith.
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published March 1st 2002 by InterVarsity Press (first published February 28th 2002)
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Adam Lewis
Aug 10, 2011 Adam Lewis rated it it was amazing
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I really wanted to give this book 5 stars…

And I would have if I had halted my reading at page 98 before Tucker starts her chapter on science and philosophy.

But before I get into criticisms of the book, let me offer a summary of this book’s contents and strengths. The author has put together a very worthwhile book on the issues surrounding religious belief. Instead of the usual polemic offered in the service of theism or atheism or the carefully crafted (or not) apologetic text in service of Chr
Jan 17, 2008 Ray rated it it was amazing
Ruth Tucker was teaching an adult Sunday School class on this topic of doubt shortly after writing this book. She was well received, but after the class one older man came to her and asked, "I really appreciated all that you taught. But one thing you never addressed: how did you finally overcome all your doubts?" Tuckers was floored. He missed her whole point: she has never completely overcome all her doubts. Nor will she ever this side of glory. She teaches theology at a solidly orthodox semina ...more
Dec 11, 2010 Colin rated it really liked it
Found the book to be very frank and insightful, and I believe to have found a new friend and fellow traveler along the road of life in Ruth Tucker. Though she admonishes the church to take itself a little less seriously, she might do well to do the same at times, but therein lies a great paradox: seriously telling others to lighten up.

That minor observation aside, Tucker approaches the most serious of all topics in the lives of Christ-seekers with mercy and devotion. At some point, one realizes
Jan 27, 2017 Linda rated it really liked it
This was better than I expected. Although written by a doubting believer, it gives nearly equal weight to the stories of both atheists and those who regained their faith. It also pointed me in the direction of several authors I will want to read and reminded me of some I have enjoyed and want to try again.
Jul 29, 2012 Ashley rated it liked it
I enjoyed what Tucker had to say; I do, however, agree with another review made that the science section was lacking. Overall though, the book was a good and insightful read. I recommend others who have struggled with doubt (or who know others who have struggled with doubt) to read it.
Aug 15, 2008 Matt rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Christians struggling with doubt
Shelves: christian
This is a great book. It delves into the questions that most Christians don't want to discuss. She honestly protrays her own struggles through the years and adjusts stereotypes about skeptics or those who choose not to believe (i.e., people walk away because they just want to party hard, etc.).
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Ruth A. Tucker (PhD, Northern Illinois University) has taught mission studies and church history at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and Calvin Theological Seminary. She is the author of dozens of articles and eighteen books, including the award-winning From Jerusalem to Irian Jaya. Visit her website at
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