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Woven: A Faith for the Dissatisfied

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'This book is about Jesus. It is about my journey toward Jesus. Which may sound strange to some of you, but it is true. It is a journey of losing a Jesus that was too small and looked way too much like me, to a Jesus that began to mesmerise me ... I fell in love once more with the Jesus that I found in the pages of the Bible, a Jesus I could follow again. Once more, yet ve ...more
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Published November 15th 2019 by Bible Society Australia
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Penny Jones
Jan 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
There are moments of great beauty in this book, where McKerrow's calling as a poet shines through. It is a good addition to the formational canon and particularly valuable for those making the arduous journey from fundamentalist versions of Christianity to a credible faith in the twenty-first century. It is an honest book, that brings the realities of human experience in touch with our spiritual longing and aspiration. I look forward to the depth that will come in future work as McKerrow continu ...more
Daniel Budd
Although there is much I disagreed with in “Woven” (which I’ll get to shortly), Joel is certainly a great writer. There was some really beautiful prose and poetry in this book. In terms of content, I thought his strongest section was section 1 - the Sculpted Self - which demonstrated very well the communal nature of formation; the way the traditions and people groups we are immersed in shape us so profoundly, often without us even realising it. I appreciated and was challenged by some of his ana ...more
Thomas
May 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A phenomenal book on the journey to independent faith.
Jenny Cornfield
Jul 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I opened this book, early one Sunday morning and turned the last page later that same day. I could not put it down. Woven is Joel’s personal story of the pilgrimage of faith that his life has travelled. It was also a story that I related too hugely and know, from conversations that I have regularly, many others will too.

Joel says of Woven: “This book is about Jesus. It is about my journey toward Jesus. Which may sound strange to some of you, but it is true. It’s a journey of losing a Jesus that
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Sarah Hawkins
Apr 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book is an honest, raw, unrestrained exploration into the realities of what it looks like to wrestle with ideas and to run after authentic faith in the midst of complexity. I relished Joel’s honesty and transparency to lay bare the tumultuous formation journey that so many of us keep hidden unless is perfectly reflects the status quo and ties everything up with pretty bows. Our world is so complex, as are our experiences within it, and I loved this book because it
is a courageous journey in
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Karly
May 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Joel writes with an honesty that is to be admired and, if possible, emulated in our own lives to ourselves. He asks that we question ourselves, and everything we have assumed is known. Not because it must be wrong but in order to more fully know our selves and live. He challenges us to consider why it is that we do what we do and think what we think; to be awake and not asleep in our living.
It has been sitting in my pile of to be read books for a while as I think I’d let it sit there as I assum
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CetaceanNation
Feb 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Joel McKerrow grew up in a fishbowl: a safely defined, but ultimately confined, controlled and repetitive space.

For Joel, this fishbowl was the world of evangelical Christianity in Sydney, Australia. He recounts the moments and movements that cracked that bowl for him, and his spiritual journey since.

What does it mean to re-examine the assumptions, practices and communities that have shaped us? Why is deconstruction necessary? And what might lie on the far side?

We all have our fishbowls. This is
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Linda Hoskins
Apr 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This booked changed me. Challenged me. Inspired me. It shook my thinking, deliberately so, and I loved that. While there are certainly elements that wouldn’t go along with my beliefs and thinking, Joel writes this book as someone who has experienced the pain of life, and leaves the reader with a freedom to step into the questions of life and ultimately it doesn’t matter if I agree or not. I was on a search for Jesus, I found him. My whole life was burdened by guilt because of what conservative C ...more
Alison
May 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is more than just a memoir. Joel invites us into his story and asks the reader to reflect on their own life...
Of all the books I’ve read that deal with making sense of a spirituality and world view you are born into, this is the most generous, inclusive and graceful. Joel’s prose is stunning and his heart is authentic.
In conversations that usually end up in binary, boxed and unhelpful sides and structures, this book invites us to imagine a much more holistic and meaningful way of being.
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Ally Pinnock
Apr 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I didn’t intend on binge listening to this book, but that’s exactly what happened.

Joel McKerrow your words were Medicinal, your story so humbly raw and honest. I honour you as artist, as Christian, as fellow human being.

I have 1 hour and something to go of my 7 hour audiobook journey, but I have cried 5 times & my heart has been gripped more times than I can count. Thank you for your medicine: 🙏

Get your ears and eyes around Woven... A beautiful tapestry of faith that brought me comfort and di
...more
Chris
May 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely loved this book. I listened to the audio version and was definitely encouraged when thinking about my own deconstruction and reconstruction phases. Joel's passion ignites a flame in each reader's heart. If you haven't read it yet, you are missing out! ...more
Richelle Bourne
Apr 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Woven is a beautifully written welcome home to those of us who have sat on the fringes, or felt massively misunderstood, or been burned by religion. It's a gentle and loving invitation to sit with the mystery and see with new eyes. ...more
Michiel
Dec 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A great book, although I did not finish as quick as I could. That is mainly because the number of books that I’ve already read on the deconstruction and reconstruction phase. But this one is highly recommended!
Kris Lannen
May 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
An inspirationally honest story of faith in our time from the perspective of a mystical Aussie poet.
Rach
Nov 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Poeticly and beautifully expressed the tensions I'm experiencing in my faith at the moment. ...more
Danielle Ratliff
Apr 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A beautifully written journey of vulnerability. Moved me to tears and filled me with hope for humanity.
David Mcnair
Dec 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have just finished reading “Woven - A Faith for the Dissatisfied” by Joel McKerrow. This book is a great read. Joel so eloquently articulates what many of us on the faith journey experience. This book is primarily about trying to recapture and rekindle a vibrant faith. A faith that is not afraid to live within the tensions of life, to ask questions without asking for answers, and that is open to listening to others perspectives. A faith that is not based on performance but on rediscovering wha ...more
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