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Unlearning God: How a preacher boy questioned the Bible, failed the code of conduct, wagered with God, and found healing from spiritual head injuries

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Spiritual Journey Memoir: I’ve heard stories about people making wagers with the devil for their lives. Growing up in the world of Protestant fundamentalism, a Bible banging, ‘hell fire and brimstone preachin’ tradition, I was taught God hated gambling. But I decided to make wagers with God for my life anyway. What could I possibly lose?

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Paperback, 248 pages
Published September 28th 2012 by 42 Latitude Press
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Sarahs
Jun 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
I bought this book because I read an excerpt on a blog and loved the term "Spiritual head injuries." That term has become part of my personal lexicon. Much of Olson's growing up was uncomfortably and humorously familiar. What I enjoyed most about this memoir were the stories of his ongoing healing. For those of us who journeyed hard to the Orthodox Church, we think only about arriving. But once we're there, we have to live it and we discover that while it takes only moments to be Chrismated, it ...more
Klidell
Oct 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you grew up in evangelical or fundamentalist teaching this book is for you! This is the personal history of someone dealing with the defeat of missing the mark of what is considered to be a proper life in those circles. Rather than lose his faith like most do in this circumstance, he finds it in the ancient faith.
Jim Vivanco
Apr 18, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
good read....honest reflections
Angie Kennedy
Apr 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
The only fault I have with this memoir is that it could have used some copy editing for punctuation and spelling. I did not know ahead of time that the author and his wife became Orthodox, but I appreciate some of his experiences as a convert from Protestant tradition. I was never a Biblical assassin, but I struggle with some of the same disconnection that comes from being raised in Western Christianity.
Bob
Apr 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: orthodox
After reading the author's first book, "Sojourning with Angels," I wrote, "I hope Olson continues writing, not just additional books that may be in this series, but novels that branch out to examine other aspects of the Christian life and struggle with the same care and sensitivity shown here." What a pleasant surprise, then, to find not a novel but a memoir. Many have written of their journeys to Orthodoxy, often telling the story up to the point of entering the Orthodox Church with all of the ...more
Robert Lloyd
May 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An interesting spiritual memoir

For various reasons I have enjoyed reading spiritual memoirs throughout my life, and must say I enjoyed this one. The author describes his conversion from a Fundamentalist Protestant worldview to that of Eastern Orthodoxy. The purpose of my review isn't to assess the validity of his choice, rather to state that it was an enjoyable read that caused me to ask some questions about my own faith and what I understand about the divine as found in Christ. I also found th
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