In my Ash Wednesday post from last week, I referenced Sarah Bessey’s new book, Out of Sorts, and mentioned that I had ordered it through Amazon. It came on Friday night and I devoured every word on Saturday.
I love it. Every word. Every sentiment.
It might be the only time I’ve read a whole book in one day.
After reading her words, I felt like I had run a spiritual marathon. I finished it in just a few hours on Saturday, and I felt like I had been through so many highs and lows, so much nodding of my head, and so many times that I felt, “Me, too.” I learned so much about Jesus and myself, and I now understand so many things about myself that I struggled with before. Many times, I read something new for the first time, and many other times, I felt like she was writing the words I had in my heart all along.
In the first chapter, this is how she describes her book:
“It’s about the beautiful things we might reclaim and the stuff we may decide to kick to the curb. It’s a book about making peace with unanswered questions and being content to live into the answers as they come. It’s about being comfortable with where we land for now, while holding our hands open for where the Spirit leads us next. It’s about not apologizing for our transformation and change in response to the unchanging Christ.
Really, it’s a book about not being afraid.”
She had me. Hook, line, and sinker. It was such a clarifying, redemptive time for me. I will spend much time in the coming days and weeks re-reading parts that are relevant, and I can say that all parts are so relevant to me.
I have to whole-heartedly recommend this book to anyone and everyone. It doesn’t matter how long you’ve walked with Jesus, how many church services you’ve sat through, what kind of tradition you were brought up in, or if you weren’t brought up in any religious tradition at all, this book is for you.
My reading buddies would agree.