- Paperback: 272 pages
- Publisher: Howard Books (Nov. 3 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1476717583
- ISBN-13: 978-1476717586
- Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.8 x 21.3 cm
- Shipping Weight: 358 g
- Average Customer Review: 16 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #18,279 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Out of Sorts: Making Peace with an Evolving Faith Paperback – Nov 3 2015
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“There are so many things that Ilove about this book and I know you will too. I love Sarah Bessey and true toform in Out of Sorts she is transparent, vulnerable, thought provoking,and gracious as she wrestles with things we have all wrestled with, or one daywill. Her message of hope, love, and grace is stunning and my heart resonatesdeeply with the thought that ‘we need each other, and we need to learn fromeach stream, because our stories don’t happen alone; our roots are all tangledtogether.’” (Christine Caine, founder of The A21 Campaign and Propel Women)
"Honest, sober, and encouragingly relatable." (Frank Viola, co-author of The Day I Met Jesus)
“This is the truth: Sarah is one of my very favorite writers. The quality of her writing is so inspiring and beautiful and moving to me. And her complicated dance with church and all its tentacles is one that is familiar to so many of us. I love this book.” (Shauna Niequist, author of Bread & Wine)
“Sarah Bessey writes with the fire of a preacher and the soul of a mother, critical thought without cynicism. Her deepest wounds have come from the church and so has her deepest healing. This book is for all of us who understand, we wonderers who long for Jesus and distrust easy answers. Here Sarah is a brave and faithful guide as we all learn to ‘live the questions.’” (Micha Boyett, author of Found)
“Touching a raw nerve in contemporary evangelical experience, Sarah Bessey reflects on the inevitable reality of walking the path of faith without having it all worked out—and at times having none of it worked out. Thoughtful, compelling, moving, and real, Bessey models a faith many are seeking but afraid to voice, a faith released of the obligation to be certain. This is the kind of book you’ll want to read and tell friends about.” (Peter Enns, author of The Bible Tells Me So)
“Out of Sorts reads like a love letter to Jesus and to all those desperate to see His true face. Through her indomitable heart, brilliant mind, and vivid writing, Bessey sets an extravagant, cozy table in the middle of the spiritual desert." (Glennon Doyle Melton, New York Times bestselling author of Carry On Warrior)
"What you will find in these pages is nothing short of a gift. There are plenty of us out here reimagining, rethinking, reevaluating, restarting. You aren’t alone....Thank you, my dearest Sarah Bessey, for helping us find our way back home.” (Jen Hatmaker, author of For the Love, 7, and Interrupted)
“With refreshing honesty and engaging passion, Sarah Bessey reminds us that cheap certitude is a poor substitute for genuine faith." (Brian Zahnd, pastor and author of Farewell to Mars)
"[Bessey] creates a loving, inviting environment from which readers can approach their own questions, beliefs, and maturity." (CBA Retailers & Resources)
"Bessey offers a good forum for Evangelical Christians to question what they believe without getting bent out of joint." (Library Journal)
About the Author
Sarah Bessey is the author of Jesus Feminist, Out of Sorts, and Rumors of the Real. She is a sought-after speaker, an award-winning blogger, and a passionate advocate for global women’s issues. Sarah serves on the board of Help One Now and Heartline. She lives in Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada, with her husband, Brian, and their four tinies. You can find her online at SarahBessey.com.See all Product description
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But Out of Sorts was nothing like that. From the first sentence, Sarah captured me with the grace and freedom in her words. She writes from her own story, being vulnerable and open, but never bitter or angry. Her journey reads authentic, and for followers of her blog, this book felt like true Sarah; it was like reading a book-length blog post, and I loved it.
I finished it feeling hopeful. I finished aching to get back into Scripture, to commit to finding a church where I can connect, but I also felt inspired to continue questioning and wondering, to read more and keep an open mind, to be a critical thinker without being a critical person. I felt her words chipping away at a cynical exterior, softening me, reminding me that no matter what else, there is and has always been Jesus.
Through her writing, Sarah has been a constant companion of mine for more than two years. I’ve fallen in love with what she writes and how she writes it. And most importantly, I trust her.
Whether it’s a book or a service or a meme, it doesn’t take much for something Christian to put me on my guard. I am overly critical and overly sensitive and overly scarred, so it’s no surprise that I fold my arms across my chest more often than not, the words catching on something or bouncing off or just scratching the surface.
Not so with Sarah’s words.
Out of Sorts is, in part, her own story. It’s a tale of “happy-clappy churches” and “getting religion,” of unanswered questions and ill-fitting places, of Jesus and burnout and sorrow and hope. But woven into and over and around it are deep, thought-provoking explorations of the issues themselves that most often unravel us: the Bible, the Church, signs and wonders, and suffering, to name a few.
Sarah’s book isn’t the first I’ve read to honestly (and excellently) explore the hard questions. Some spiritual memoirs throb with the very real pain of loneliness, lies, and wounds from those who meant well … and those who didn’t. Others dig deep into my skin, putting a finger on the very nerve of my own spiritual angst. Out of Sorts does both of these things, while also — one might say first and foremost — being a book of relentless hope.
And then there’s the beauty. The gift of Sarah’s writing — in Out of Sorts as well as elsewhere — isn’t just in what she writes, but also in how she writes it. It is pictures and poetry and music wrapped up in prose. It is grace and peace. It is an invitation, and not just to those on the margins who are questioning everything. This book is for all who hunger and thirst, whether they be on the outside looking in, or the inside looking out, or somewhere in between.
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