Jason Boyett’s latest book O Me of Little Faith, is a nice break from his traditional “Pocket Guides” that you might be used to. If that makes you sad, take comfort that the book is relatively small (222 pages) and may still fit in your pocket.
In this book, Boyett takes the reader down “the doubter’s road” and carefully looks at “the questions many of us have, but dare not say out loud.”
Questions like: Does God even exist? What is your foundation for faith? How can you really be sure you are saved? And where does my faith go when God is silent?
And before you finish your “heretic” sign, know that it’s not the point of this book to cast doubt, but rather to admit doubt. Many times through this reading I found myself agreeing with Boyett out loud (which is stupid, because he lives in Texas and can’t hear me) and I think this book would resonate with a lot of Christians today regardless of how long you have walked with Christ.
What I think Boyett touches on is perhaps we doubt the “pseudo-god” that is created by American Christianity. This is the Jesus from t-shirts and bobble heads who wants to give us money, hugs puppies and looks like a castmember from the musical Hair. “I don’t believe in that God,” writes Boyett. “If I am going to draw close to God, it needs to be a God who’s greater than that.” And there is no reason I can see why doubt and faith can’t exist side by side; one is not the opposite of the other. We worship a God who is both human and deity, flesh and spirit, who died and yet lives… why can’t we as his followers be sinners and saints (as Martin Luther said, “simul iustus et peccator”) from the world, but not of it, free but chosen …and faithful and at the same time doubtful?
“Doubt is a condition of humanity” says Boyett. “but doubt is no excuse for inaction. If you wait until all doubt is removed before you follow God, you’ll never take the first step of faith.”
Boyett’s book is well written and filled with stories that will draw you in and make you laugh. I would highly recommend this book to perhaps the person you know who has questions and wrestles with their own sense of doubt or the person who has always felt they had it all together.
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I received this book for free from Zondervan publishing for the purpose of writing an honest review. In no way did I have to like or endorse this book – even though I did and I do.