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Confessions of an Amateur Believer

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An entertaining collection of inspirational, gritty, challenging writing that follows an unwilling atheist's first encounters with God, her ensuing struggles and progress as a reluctant believer, and her ultimate discovery of contentment and rest in faith.
Paperback, 271 pages
Published January 1st 2007 by Nelson Books
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I have very conflicting feelings toward this book. It had really interesting points scattered throughout. However, it is classified as a biography and isn't a biography. It's a collection of essays about God and religion. I was expecting a biography and was confused when I read a few chapters and it still was not resolving as a biography.

I like this quote, though I'm not sure if I agree with it. Most people seem to fixate on the death of Christ as the crux of Christianity. Like the author, I see
Nov 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
On a personal note, this spiritual autobiography satisfied a deep desire I've felt for some time. I've longed for an honest and intelligent conversation about the Christian faith with another believer, preferably one who wasn't raised in a religious household. Intrigued by Kirk's title, I bought this book at a second hand book store, hoping to learn something new about the Christian faith.

Patty Kirk's memoir is honest and compelling. It is actually a series of confessions about her journey to f
Oct 23, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Gerry, Kimberly, Katie, Micaiah
I had the distinct pleasure of meeting with Patty a couple of weeks ago. She autographed my copy of this book and took the time to sit with me and discuss life, spirituality, writing, and Germany. Meeting with her was a healing experience for me, she is so wholly present in the moment and wise in her directives . Patty is an English prof at my college, and I am so proud of this collection of essays...she is so authentic and gutsy in her Confessions. I have not finished it yet, but it's easy to c ...more
The author shares her spiritual journey, which goes from being raised as a Christian in the Catholic tradition, to turning away from the faith and thinking of herself as an athiest, to a return to the faith as a protestant believer--with a lot of questions. She shares herself in a series of short essays divided into 4 sections: Meeting God, Struggling, Progress, and Rest. [return]Kirk's writing is easy to read, it's like listening to a neighbor down the street share about her life struggles and ...more
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returned to library without finishing, want to get it again and finish it. It was interesting so far.
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Excellent! I was constantly surprised and delighted by the author's sheer honesty and candor. She really has lived a fascinating life, and her faith journey was compelling.
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Jul 28, 2007 rated it it was amazing
The best book I've read in a year. Patty Kirk's perspective on faith is honest. Not contrived like most "faith" books.
Jan 05, 2011 rated it really liked it
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Patty Kirk approaches the entirety of her life with a candour and authenticity that I truly appreciated.
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Very good! I enjoyed her humor, and I really liked her honesty. This book was also not too preachy, and at the same time addressed everyday questions from someone seeking.
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Patty Kirk is the author of "Confessions of an Amateur Believer" and subsequent books on topics ranging from food memoir to her lifelong struggle to sense God’s presence. Raised in California and Connecticut, she spent her early adult years abroad and now lives on a farm in Oklahoma and teaches writing just across the Arkansas state-line at John Brown University, where she is Associate Professor o ...more
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