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All Things Reconsidered: How Rethinking What We Know Helps Us Know What We Believe

4.13  ·  Rating details ·  1,300 ratings  ·  233 reviews
If we ask just one question, does everything fall apart? 

In All Things Reconsidered, popular podcaster Knox McCoy uses a unique blend of humor, pop culture references, and personal stories to show how a willingness to reconsider ideas can actually help us grow ourselves, our lives, and our beliefs. 

In this laugh-out-loud defense of reconsideration, Knox dives into topics l
Paperback, 272 pages
Published June 2nd 2020 by Thomas Nelson
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Laura Tremaine
Jun 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Hilarious book of essays from my friend Knox McCoy. (FYI, there are a few chapters in here about faith and the Bible, but the majority of it is life and pop culture and with many laugh out loud moments.) Read this one just when I needed to!
Whitney Bak
Jan 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: editorial

I had the pleasure of reading an advanced copy of this book provided to me by the publisher.

While I was reading this book, I laughed aloud so many times that eventually my husband stopped asking me, "What's so funny?" and instead kept his head down and pretended not to be embarrassed by my unadulterated glee. After I finished reading this book, he and I had long, enthusiastic conversations about topics like marriage, hell, and the stances of our faith communities. Sharing this is perhaps the bes

Melissa Tagg
Jun 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I really, really love and appreciate this book! As someone who has gone through a long season of reconsidering a LOT of things, this struck like a thousand chords in me. It’s the perfect balance of thoughtful and hilarious. It's light and funny in some moments and deeply uplifting and challenging in others. I also just super appreciate the fact that the author doesn’t insist that we walk away from the book believing the same on every issue as he does or mirroring his reconsiderations…but simply ...more
Panda Incognito
This book is a collection of comic anecdotes from Knox McCoy, a popular podcast speaker. Many of the chapters involve beliefs or assumptions that he has reconsidered, but this is a collection of funny stories and life reflections, not a study on how to form beliefs or on the state of reconsideration in today's society. This is very lighthearted and simple book, and it encourages people to rethink participation awards, birthdays, and conventions for naming children, in addition to challenging asp ...more
Toni Parvin
Jul 04, 2020 rated it it was ok
The author is very witty and funny. There were moments in the book that I was laughing out loud. My confusion with this book is the topics he talks about reconsidering (hence the title of the book). He brings up rather random or inconsequential things for us to reconsider and it isn’t very practical or useful. I sort of read through the information, giggled a couple of times, then moved on with no real idea what I was supposed to do with that information.
Towards the end of the book, he brings u
Emilee (emileereadsbooks)
May 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Thank you to Netgalley and Thomas Nelson, W Publishing for the free digital copy.

I need you to know that I’m a huge fan girl of The Popcast. I am a Patreon Best Friend of the Show. I listen to every episode Knox and Jamie produce as soon as they drop. I have attended two live shows to see them thus far, and one of the photos I took with them is framed in my house. They are funny and smart and real. One of the things I love most about them is their podcast The Bible Binge. They approach stories i
Kimberly Thompson
Jun 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020-reading
What a time to read this.

It’s going into our fourthish month of coronavirus social-distancing. Anti-racism is a big deal as in the last few weeks George Floyd was killed by a white cop while three others stood by and let it happen. The deaths of Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor have come to light and there have been protests, riots, looting, a call for justice.

All that said, I’ve had to reconsider a lot of what I believe recently. In the past 5-10 years I’ve reconsidered what I was taught as a
Jun 10, 2020 marked it as to-read
Highly recommended by Tsh Oxenreider: In this new book, Knox takes a look at the changes and reconsiderations we all go through in life as both okay — and honestly necessary. Let's just say I yes'd and amen'd my way through this paragraph from his introduction:
"It is my belief that we're currently in the middle of a cultural overdose on authenticity — but without that necessary companion of vulnerability. I love that we're all being so authentic and genuine. But to me, the best connections come
Julie Anna (julieannareads)
May 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
One of my favorite podcasters is back at it with a book of reconsiderations. Knox doesn’t use flowery language or lofty concepts that are hard to decipher. He writes from the heart and addresses subjects that would intimidate many. He never pretends to have all of the answers, but rather poses questions that make the reader think. While I enjoyed the subject matter of his first book a bit better, I thought this was a solid book and I can’t wait to read what he writes next!

I received an ARC of th
Jul 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I wasn't sure how I'd feel about this book before I started it, but let me just say, there's a reason it (& McCoy's previous book, 'The Wondering Years') has a 5-star rating on's hilarious! I knew right away I'd like it after the first paragraph in the 'How to Read This Book' section:
"So, look, in a lot of ways this may be a weird read. First off, it's not fiction. So it's already not like the other books because it's not 'The Girl Next Door's Husband's Wife in Cabin 32 Who Went Miss
Jamele (BookswithJams)
Jul 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: partner, arcs
I have enjoyed The Bible Binge podcast by Knox McCoy and Jamie Golden for a while now, and when I saw Knox had a book coming out, I absolutely wanted to read it, and it did not disappoint. Knox spends his time in this book calling out several things that I know I have questioned (looking at you participation trophies), and things I have never thought about but BLEW my mind (Uncle Joey from Full House, still reeling over that chapter).

The most impactful to me were the chapters on faith, as his q
May 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. All at once I was laughing out loud and thinking deeply about my beliefs in life. I originally picked up this book and Knox’s previous book out of love for the Popcast and Bible Binge podcasts and curiosity on whether his books could live up to his podcasting. While I enjoyed his first book I didn’t absolutely love it but this one won my heart. I just couldn’t stop reading and loved every minute of it. Funny and deeply thoughtful his own stories of reconsideration really make ...more
Stephanie Donati
May 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Through this book Knox has found a way to give me permission to rethink, reevaluate, and reconsider both deep spiritual things as well as whether or not I actually prefer smooth peanut butter to crunchy. Our journeys may not be the same and we may not end up in agreement, but it’s important to take a step back and maybe ask “why do you believe the way you believe.”
Doc Rob 71
May 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
*Note: I preordered this book that will be released in early June, but as a "Friend of the B-word", I was able to receive it extra early.*

Not many books make me laugh out loud. This one did. Very few books make me see myself in its pages. This one did.

Knox McKoy takes a lot of the everyday things we accept as factual and asks the reader to reconsider how s/he has come to his or her own beliefs. He also manages to thoughtfully and delightfully explore his process.

All Things Reconsidered is a l
R.M. Bingaman
May 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I love the Popcast and, growing up with a similar background to Knox, really appreciate his point of view on life and faith. His first book The Wondering Years really resonated with me and this book was no different.
Shanda Warren
Apr 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
It’s 2:43am and I just tapped out the last page of this ARC (thank you Netgalley and Thomas Nelson) on my kindle. I don’t normally read at this ungodly hour. So that should give you a clue to the level of readability of Knox’s newest book. Plus it’s a coronavirus world and all sense of time and sleep patterns are out the window. I’m having a hard time deciding what to rate this one. On one hand, I laughed till I cried at his unfortunate shanking(?) incident. On the other hand, I’m having all the ...more
Meaningful Madness
Mar 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020
What I love about McCoy’s style of writing is the straight-shooting, witty way he addresses difficult and not-so-difficult topics. Unlike many books in this genre, McCoy is not afraid to be honest and say hard things. And, to admit he doesn’t have the answers and that is okay. In each chapter, he explores what happens when we question what we think we know and how we can work through our own beliefs and reconsider them. I think my big takeaway from reading All Things Reconsidered is that it is o ...more
Rachel (Words With Rach)
Before getting this book on Netgalley, I had never heard of Knox McCoy or the popcast so I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. I do know that I am an advocate for digging into the why of what you believe, questioning, and thinking deeply about your faith in order to grow. In fact, we are even told to do this in the Bible! I also value reconsideration on many other things throughout life such as a television shows or favorite foods. ⁣

The bulk of this book is just anecdotes about the life of the au
Emi Bevacqua
I was hoping to get some insight into the Religious Right, but came away with nothing of substance. There was one innocuous essay about a sitcom called Full House, which was mildly funny. Knox McCoy lives by the credo "Only God can judge me." In this book he provides a list of words he mispronounces, lots of advertising of his Bible Binge podcast, and a s-word ton of Hamilton references. He also riffs on pop culture in meme-speak so über current I'm afraid it will curtail his book's shelf-life. ...more
3 1/2 stars

All Things Reconsidered is not a traditional self-help book. It’s author, Knox McCoy, is not here to say, “You should live your life the way I do. Here’s why and a 657-step plan to help you do so”. Neither does he say, “Trash all your stupid, outdated beliefs and start from scratch”.

Knox McCoy is here to say, “We all change and grow as we’re exposed to new things throughout our lives. Our beliefs should change and grow with us. Let me give you some examples from my life that will mak
Jun 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, read-in-2020
This is an interesting and enjoyable read. I like Knox McKoy's podcasts and I also enjoyed his first book, so I was excited to read this one as well. Knox possesses a keen ability to examine the world through a lens that's both poignant and humorous. The issues and topics he chose to reconsider gave me an opportunity to reflect on my own beliefs. It's important to know what we believe and why. It's also important to acknowledge that not everyone sees the world the way we do. Knox does an excelle ...more
Jun 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A great read, and an important concept. We must reconsider our beliefs to see if they are still serving us and those around us. I loved the footnotes, the Hamilton references, and the thoughtfully chosen chapter topics.
Jun 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I love this book! It is funny, thoughtful, and accessible. Highly recommend!
Melisa Thorne
Jun 22, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
You need not be a fan of Knox and Jamie's podcast to read and learn from this book. I found it a timely read in a season where I have the moment to give pause and reexamine topics and my beliefs. It's not a "how to guide to enlightenment" rather it's one man's journey through his own reckoning of certainty and he graciously takes the reader along for the ride. Told with heartfelt humility and clever humor. ...more
Jun 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
Equal parts tender and hilarious. I read the whole thing in Knox’s voice so probably should have just listened to the audiobook ha
Jun 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book is a must read in a time when reconsideration is a skill that must be developed by all. It is both laugh-out-loud and poignant. I love Knox's dry and subtle self-deprecating humor. ...more
Nathan Mortenson
Jun 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Knox McCoy brilliant weaves together the pointless and the point-full in a way that finally makes ‘reconsidering’ something as comfortable as your favorite pair of sweatpants. This book gives us permission to challenge all the simple and the complex things of our lives all while using humor, pop culture, and steady wisdom to ease us into these ideas in the same way my dad taught me how to drive. Yea, he will challenge you, but you’ll also know that you are incredibly safe to give it some gas and ...more
Courtney Bareman
Jun 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I am really loving this so far. It's important to learn & grow and this book is all about reconsidering, what a perfect timing. ...more
Jacquie Graves
Jun 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2020
I am so thankful for conversations that help us grow and learn. It’s never too late to reconsider and idea that you’ve hold firm for so long. ⁣

So many times that idea doesn’t even make sense anymore. A large range of emotions can happen when we are challenged to think differently. ⁣

Why? ⁣

Maybe we are scared of what that new idea holds? ⁣
Maybe we know that new idea is going to be hard?⁣
Maybe it makes us question much more about ourselves and that seems scary? ⁣
Maybe it makes us uncomfortable?
Alison (The Lowrey Library)
May 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nonfiction
I loved this book! I read McCoy's first book (The Wondering Years) when it came out, but I think it's even possible that this exceeds the first. There is a cohesion between the three sections of the book that I felt really created a logical connection throughout the work. Knox McCoy's writing is down-to-earth, and his commentary (i.e., the footnotes) had an honesty that made them a fun addition instead of a pain to read (as footnotes can often be). The cohesion and commentary were fantastic, but ...more
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