Why I love Out of Sorts

“Once upon a time, you had it all beautifully sorted out.

Then you didn’t.”

Those are the words that beckon you into Bessey’s latest release, Out of Sorts.

I was very excited when I heard the title and synopsis of Sarah’s new book. In my teens and into adulthood, I had progressively felt like I didn’t fit within the sphere of the church. As a teen on a missions trip, I questioned why women couldn’t be leaders and the answers didn’t satisfy me. Actually, when I questioned a lot of theology, most answers didn’t satisfy me.

Sarah doesn’t try to give all the answers. She knows from her own story just how dissatisfying it is, to be given all the right verses. She tells her own story, of growing up in faith as a child and her shift through adulthood. The ways she began to feel out of sorts in church and with theology. And where she is now, the ways she fits and the ways she finds a home.

This book is a breath of fresh air for those of us who feel like we don’t fit into the church anymore. Sarah writes with beauty and grace about faith–why it is important and why we are important. She doesn’t minimize those who question and who struggle, instead saying that we are a strength. These words are a haven to anyone who has ever struggled when their faith has shifted. If you have undergone a shift in faith or love someone who has, this book is perfect for you.

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Here’s a link to order Out of Sorts on amazon or barnes and noble. (If you hail from Canada or the UK, you can find links to order here)

Be sure to check out the resource page, too. Sarah has printable quotes, a playlist and more on her website.

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Review: Searching for Sunday

Searching for Sunday is the third book released by Rachel Held Evans. It’s also her best work to date.

Searching for Sunday is one of the most important books on millennials in the church to date. If you have ever wanted to know more about why the younger generation is leaving churches and finding new ones, read this book. If you are struggling with where you fit into the church, read this book. If you feel you can’t belong because you have too much doubt, read this book.

Parts of this book are Rachel’s own story, how she grew up in the church and fell in love with its people. There are also stories about the people she has met and experiences they’ve had. People she’s met through her blog, speaking engagements, church and airports. These are stories of real people, who are finding their footing in faith. Rachel gets a lot of flack online for her views but I never feel more inclusion for others more than when I read her words. She reminds me that the gospel is for everyone. My favorite chapters were the short ones, reflecting on what our faith truly is. Those were the ones that reminded me why I believe what I do.

The book is divided into sections based on the seven sacraments, which makes reading flow very smoothly. These words illuminated these sacraments and the church in a whole new way. I loved the way she examined loving, leaving and finding church so beautifully in these pages. Everything is cohesive and focused, to the point where the book is nearly impossible to put down.

I loved this book. I related to many things in Rachel’s story, like growing up in a good youth group and looking critically at my faith as an adult. I love the way she freely said her fears and her doubts. And I loved the way she affirmed her faith. I laughed, cried and wanted to hug this book. This is the kind of book that makes me want to keep writing, to keep sharing my story and to keep seeking out faith.

If you’d like to pick up a copy, you can find it here on amazon and here for kindle. If Barnes and Noble is your bookstore, here’s your link. I hear some that Barnes and Noble stores have been putting out their copies early. There’s a tool on the website where you can check and see if your store has a copy.

And if you’re looking for a book after this, I’d recommend When We Were on Fire by Addie Zierman. Rachel’s book reminded me so much of Addie’s, with their reflections on faith in adulthood.