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Stumbling Toward Faith: My Longing to Heal from the Evil That God Allowed

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This story of pain, healing, and growth provides insight into how postmodern pilgrims grasp for hope and faith despite frustration and disappointment. This narrative theology aims to help Christian leaders relate the message of Christ to those who feel disenfranchised from the traditional Christian church. Using personal experiences, humor, compelling stories, poetry, and ...more
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Published August 31st 2004 by Zondervan
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Aug 05, 2007 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: anyone who has been sexually abused, and anyone who has had to rethink the fabric of their faith
I heard an excerpt of this book at the church I've been attending and was very intrigued. So I ordered a copy and just finished reading it. What an amazing story of redemption! Altson is gut-wrenchingly honest enough to tell about surviving her Baptist father's sexual abuse of her, but the story doesn't ultimately dwell there. She also suffered a lot of religious abuse, and it's nothing short of a miracle this courageous woman has emerged with a deep passion and resolve to know God. She doesn't ...more
Sep 29, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: people sexually abused in the name of God
It's impossible to read this book without being enraged at the abuse that happens so often. It was also impossible for me to read without realizing once again how systemically damaging abuse in the name of God is. Not a fun read by any stretch of the imagination but one that could stir you to re-engage with your own story or that of others around you who are hurting from past abuse.
Jan 22, 2008 rated it it was amazing
There are no words to put here. Read this.
Colleen Adams
Jun 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Wow. I am *almost* rendered speechless after reading this incredible, life-changing work. So honest, so real, so raw, so brave and humble. This book is for everyone who has experienced pain or abuse and then reached out in faith only to be trampled and further abused by religion and the church. This book is about the longing we all have to be loved and accepted with utter abandon. This book is about the horrors the life brings that are inflicted (and denied) by those professing love and Jesus. I ...more
Heather Djama
Sep 07, 2010 rated it liked it
This book is the story of how a young women that grew up in an abusive home processed through her abuse and became whole again. It especially looks at her view of God and how her relationship with God gradually changed over time after growing up in an atmosphere where the name of God was used to hurt people, abuse them, and put them down. This is a very honest look at her process and has a positive ending.
Sep 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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I believe that all everyone needs to read this book. It shows the struggle of trying to find God when a parent uses the same God to punish you. I live this book and appreciate the writer for sharing her story.
Mar 21, 2010 rated it liked it
This was a hard book to read. But I'm thankful the author shared her story, and her questions. Her honesty will likely bring comfort and encouragement to many.
Apr 25, 2010 rated it really liked it
Phew. Challenging read (very intense and upsetting in places), but worth the struggle.
Amy Davis
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Dec 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Raw. Bleeding from her very soul, these are the words of a young woman struggling to find a God Who loves her and cares that she is being abused by her father, in God's name.
She finds Him.
Mar 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Amazingly honest story about Renee's struggle with faith, and how she's somehow still holding on. Very inspiring, I couldn't put it down!
Thomas Kinsfather
Jul 21, 2010 rated it really liked it
Gripping and artistic. Renee's story is heart wrenching, yet it is filled with hope. A quick read.
Oct 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Very good book highly recommend to anyone that has gone through abuse.
John Martindale
Jul 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was a hard audiobook to listen to, it was truly beyond comprehension how her father, associate pastor and that Christian college could have done what she describes, the depth of human evil she experienced is very hard to grapple with. I don't think she necessarily intended it to be so, but hearing these stories ultimately are one of the strongest cases against the theistic christian concept of God. Her experience really does just highlight how repulsive the metaphor of Father is, when it is ...more
Jun 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
Really unique approach to dealing with abuse and faith. I really liked how Renee explained the problems of abused people in having a relationship with others and with God. Her method was a little random and abstract at times but incredibly well done.
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