I read Journey into Belief this weekend and enjoyed it very much. It's easy to read - great tone, great use of humor -almost as if having a casual conversation with the author, yet the book is able to address significant issues of faith that have been debated and studied for 2,000 years.
I also enjoyed the format of the book, which goes through each element of the Nicene Creed. Neat idea. Issues of faith are also tackled quite nicely. It's tough to "argue" or "debate" faith because by its very nature faith is not logical, and I like how the author admits "I still don't understand how this works."
Some of my favorite moments: Prayer quota (exactly how I've always felt) / Why the Old Testament is obsessed with floods and wars and disasters (Great answer) / God as bipolar (he's not, and you have a great explanation for this) / the Bible is not a science book / the Catholic Church does not reject the theory of evolution / you make a good argument for evidence that perhaps Christ did actually rise from the dead!
Some excellent moments of humor: Steve's Letter to the Pasadenian's / "But really most sincerely dead" / "where any twenty-first century male goes to privately ask directions..." / like a collective "Go Team." Yet the most powerful statement / concept (for me) in the book was: "Faith-based insanity is captured ... in our abiding love for our children."
A wonderful read; I recommend this to everyone who is assessing their faith and looking for well-thought answers (with a light touch) to some very important questions.
I finished this book last week and I really enjoyed it. It resonated with honesty and the humor was great. So many of the rationalizations made me giggle out loud because they were so honest, or I'd thought the same thing at one time or other, or it just made sense logically. I loved it.
The book is an "easy/ quick read" size. It fits nicely in a purse or car (for moms waiting for little and big darlings to come out from school or whatever).
I'm going to give it to the gal I sponsored last year in the RCIA program and suggest to our Director that she recommend it to all the folks in RCIA. I think it would be great for them to see how much alone they are NOT - in their thoughts and concerns and feelings and anxieties, etc etc etc. The tone is so inviting, light, and very thoughtful. It's a beautiful journey so beautifully shared.