Katherine Coble's Reviews > A Twisted Faith: A Minister's Obsession and the Murder That Destroyed a Church

A Twisted Faith by Gregg Olsen
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May 31, 2011

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Read from May 28 to 30, 2011

Olsen does a good job of writing respectfully about religious people--a skill often found wanting in modern authorship.

Unfortunately this just isnt that gripping a story. It basically boils down to The Anatomy Of A Church Split With A Murder Thrown In. Aside from the "murder" part, for a 41 year old woman like me who grew up in church and Christian school, the whole church politics/cliques/legalist bullies thing is about as normal and unremarkable as a lightswitch. A sad commentary to be sure, but it is the truth of the matter.

The other quibble I have with the book is Olsen's tendency to sort of leap around without much connective tissue in some places. It was pretty jarring to be reading along as he outlined one person, only to get to the next paragraph and find we're across town with another parishoner. Likewise, he mentions things casually which seem like they should be given more attention, while also repeating himself in an almost tic-like way. For instance, he casually mentions that the main couple were buying a house as a next step up the property ladder and alludes to other homes they remodelled. That seemed like a big pieceof information that deserved more than a few casual sentences. Instead, Olsen talks in several places aBout how a person ran up a huge debt on credit cards by charging things for friends. The book cries out for anouther good edit.

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