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Stumbling Toward Faith: My Longing to Heal from the Evil That God Allowed
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
Paperback, 192 pages
Published August 31st 2004 by Zondervan
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Aug 05, 2007 Laura 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 Elise 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.
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
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.
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
I am married, motherless, a mother. I am iced cappucino and almond-honey scones. I am gregorian chants. I am daffodils and irises and lilies and ivy. I am chocolate covered espresso beans, patchouli oil and raspberry bubble bath. I am dried flowers and vaulted ceilings, I am sandalwood incense and stubby white candles, I am a convertible with the top down in a thunder and lightning storm, I am Bac ...more