Faith and Other Flat Tires: Searching for God on the Rough Road of Doubt {Book Review & Giveaway}

I recently had the opportunity to read Faith and Other Flat Tires: Searching for God on the Rough Road of Doubt, by Andrea Palpant Dilley.

While I love to read, and will give just about any book a chance, this one appealed to me, immensely. You see, I grew up going to church. I come from a family, where there are many preachers. But, as an adult, I began to question my faith. I still believe in God (that’ll never change). But, my questions, doubts, etc. lie in the bible. Also, I just can’t seem to “get behind” a religion that doesn’t treat the rights of the LGBT community as being equal to mine. I just can’t wrap my brain around the fact that my sister (who is a lesbian) doesn’t get the same civil and human rights as I do – just because she likes to kiss girls instead of boys. And, don’t even get me started on the misogynistic and homophobic nature of the church.  So, you see, I have many issues, but I’m working on them.

Anyway, I digress…

After reading my above (kind of) rant, you can see why reading this book appealed to me, based on the title alone.

From the publisher:

A story of crisis and redemption for anyone who’s ever struggled with spiritual doubt, Faith and Other Flat Tires presents the moving story of a former missionary kid whose “mean questions about God” lead her to abandon her faith and search for a way to believe again.

While I love many things about this book, what I love most is funny and honest the author is. She bravely documents her bad choices, with honesty and courage.  She doesn’t hold back and makes the reader ask hard questions about their faith. I know this was the case with me. And, while I haven’t come up with all the answers, in reading this book I’m definitely headed in that direction.

I recommend Faith and Other Flat Tires: Searching for God on the Rough Road of Doubt, by Andrea Palpant Dilley, to anyone who may be questioning their faith.

Now for the giveaway…

The publishers of Faith and Other Flat Tires: Searching for God on the Rough Road of Doubt, by Andrea Palpant Dilley, have generously offered a copy of the book, to one of my readers.

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Also, I have a sample chapter of the book that I’d love to email to anyone who wants it. Just leave a comment, letting me know (don’t forget to leave your email address)!

 

Disclosure: I received a copy of the book, for the purpose of review. All opinions are my own. 

Empty Promises by Pete Wilson [BookSneeze Book Review]

I was extremely excited to read  Pete Wilson’s book, “Empty Promises: The Truth About You, Your Desires, and the Lies You’re Believing .” I’ve been a fan of his, every since I came across him, on Twitter. I had high expectations, for the book; and I’m glad to say, “Empty Promises” did not disappoint.

In the book, Pete Wilson talks about discovering the joy and freedom that comes with seeking God, with and in your whole life. It’s about learning how to replace – not just give up – all the empty promises, in life. By turning to God, instead of idolizing all of life’s empty promises, you be set free.

If you’re anything like me, you find yourself  often making promises, to yourself. Promises like, “I’m going to start eating healthier,” or “I’m going to start exercising,” or even, “I’m going to go to church more regularly,” only to break them. Then, once you break them, you feel so low and disappointed in yourself for not being able to stick to it. You feel empty… lost. “Empty Promises” pointed out that the reason I feel this emptiness, was that I was pinning all my self-worth achieving success – instead of pinning it on how God sees me.

There is so much more I want to say, about this book. But, I really think it’s something best experienced first-hand. So, if you tired of turning to the empty promises of riches, beauty, success – and are ready to turn it all over to God – go out and get this book! Right now!

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

 

Christmas is two days away…

Do you know the story of the birth of Jesus?

At our house, on Christmas Eve night, we read the kid two stories… ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas and the story of the Birth of Jesus. It amazes me, how many children don’t know, why Christmas is celebrated. That it’s about the birth of Jesus, not about Santa and gifts.

Since Christmas is in a couple days, I thought I’d post the story, from Luke 2 in the Bible, in hopes that you would share it, with your children.

The Birth of Jesus – Luke 2:1-20 (KJV)

1And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be taxed.

2(And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.)

3And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city.

4And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:)

5To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child.

6And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered.

7And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.

8And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.

9And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.

10And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.

11For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.

12And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.

13And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,

14Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.

15And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us.

16And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger.

17And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child.

18And all they that heard it wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds.

19But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart.

20And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told unto them.

I hope this reached someone who had never read it before. May you and yours have a joyous Christmas.

 

Merry Christmas & Happy Birthday, Jesus!

 

(Photo is of Adoration of the Shepherds by Gerard van Honthorst, 1622)