Reading what others have to say about their Christian faith journeys is a great way to nourish your own faith. Here are two books that groups at SJYM are studying right now.
These two books bring two perspectives to something that many Christians face but don’t like to talk about: having doubts about their faith.
You’re encouraged to read a book, take part in a group, and join the discussion. A few copies of both books are available from the Church office.
No Doubt: Embracing Uncertainty in Your Faith
By John Ortberg. At the Men’s Supper Club, meeting the second Tuesday of each month.
Do you ever feel uncertain about your faith? Are there times when you have doubts about Christian teachings? Do you wonder if maybe you’re not a true believer? Did not Jesus tell Thomas, the doubting disciple: “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” (John 20:29)
If you have doubts, take heart. According to John Ortberg, your uncertainty is a reason to celebrate. In his book Know Doubt, he candidly tells of his own struggle with doubt, and how he discovered that opening up to doubt was the first step on a virtuous path toward a more durable faith and a strengthened relationship with God.
Out of Sorts: Making Peace with an Evolving Faith
By Sarah Bessey. At the Women’s Book Club, meeting the first Tuesday of each month.
The phrase “out of sorts” can describe you feel when the world around you is shifting, when things that used to matter no longer do, and change brings importance to new things. It can be a struggle to adapt; like in an old house, we need to let go of clutter and then decide what is really right for our home.
Sarah Bessey found herself out of sorts in her faith. She’s sure that Jesus isn’t changing, but that we change and evolve as we journey through life, and this affects how we relate to Him. In this book, she examines her life and her faith, deciding what to keep and what to discard, and how to know where the Spirit is leading her.