Featured Book: Out of Sorts: Making Peace with an Evolving Faith

In this book, Sarah Bessey “talks about that tension we feel as our faith changes,” reviewer Leia Johnson observes. The Calgary author and blogger Bessey tells how she left church for six years, then found her way back: “Faith is a risk, and it’s gorgeous to leap out into the free fall.” And she does it through “raw storytelling,” according to Christian Feminism Today: “Honesty and self-revelation is what Out of Sorts is all about….”

Lots of reviewers herald her writing: cleric Jonathan Martin states that she’s “mastered, without a single false or condescending note,” what he calls “that first-person, prophetic, talk-to-the-reader thing.” She’s “a writer’s writer. Her words are beautiful; her language, poetry,” an Illinois Lutheran youth minister warrants. The thelitafrican.com critic enthuses, “It seemed like she was having a conversation with me throughout the book.”

Bessey, from a Pentecostal, charismatic upbringing—now “I’m best described as ecclesiastically promiscuous,” she declares—is co-creator of Evolving Faith, an online community where “wanderers find a home.” She “began deconstructing her Christian faith after experiencing a miscarriage,” Wikipedia reports; there came to be three more. In Out of Sorts, she teaches us “to walk courageously through our own tough questions,” writingforyourlife.com affirms.

Out of Sorts: Making Peace with an Evolving Faith
By Sarah Bessey
Howard Books, 2015