I’m Not Sure About God: Jesus Is A Different Matter by William Armitage
Illustrated by: n/a
Translated by: n/a
Published: 2017, Words In The Works LLC
Length: 107 pages
Narrated By: N/A
Genre: Non-Fiction, Spirituality, Christianity, Faith, Philosophy, Memoir
Where Did I Get It? I was kindly given a copy in return for an honest review.
Blurb: In his debut book, I’m Not Sure About God, writer William Armitage takes a look at his spiritual side, his faith, and his changing perception of God. He shares his thoughts about Jesus and the perennial lessons he taught us.
He introduces us to Arthur, a complete stranger who mysteriously seems to know more about William than William knows about himself.
He talks about the signs and coincidences that seem to pop up in his life with increasing frequency.
And he describes the root cause of the disillusionment that gripped him after he became a Certified Lay Speaker.
Finally, he shares some of the Sunday morning chats he gave during the brief time he was preaching.
And as he says, even if something in them connects with just one person, the hours he spent working on them will have all been worthwhile
I’m not sure about God.
Not the one I learned about in Sunday School anyway.
My Review: I was going to start this review with an apology for it being ridiculously late. I have had my copy of the book since before Christmas, HOWEVER, it turns out that waiting to read it was exactly the right thing because I picked it up at a point where I needed to read it.
You see, those opening lines up there, that’s basically what had been rumbling round my head for the last couple of months. I’ve been reading the Bible and it has been doing exactly zero to help my doubts and confusion but I have been struggling to put my thoughts and feelings into coherent sentences.
Then one evening I picked up I’m Not Sure About God and read it from cover to cover and managed to piece together some of the things I’d been feeling and also found reassurance and comfort between the pages too.
I’m Not Sure About God starts out as a brief memoir and then the second half is a collection of sermons Armitage wrote during his time as a Methodist Lay Speaker. The sermons are thoughtful, gentle and not at all preachy – all just as easy to read as the memoir section was.
Reading about how Armitage still loves attending his church, has solid faith and yet also has his doubts about God and a grounded, realistic, approach to Jesus and his teachings helped me to realise that how I’m feeling is okay. I don’t feel quite as lost as I did before I picked it up.
A quick, thoughtful read that made me laugh and made me think – I am greatly looking forward to his next book. (And my huge wait before reading this one means I don’t have as long to wait now – bonus!)
My Rating: 4/5*
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