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Monday, March 23, 2009

BOOK GIVEAWAY: 10 Things I Hate About Christianity: Working Through the Frustrations of Faith by Jason T. Berggren (Book Review)

Title: 10 Things I Hate About Christianity: Working Through the Frustrations of Faith
Author: Jason T. Berggren
Publisher: X-Media LLC
Genre: Christian
Available: Now

First sentence(s): I'm wrong. I usually am.

From the back cover: My dad never let me use the word hate. He said it sounded too violent. But it was often the only accurate description of how I felt. Part of me understood, but another part of me rebelled.

We can all feel hate. Even in the good, productive, and meaningful aspects of life, there's frequently a level of frustration that overwhelms us when we are facedwith trying to achieve certain goals - like getting in shape, making the grade, or straightening out our finances.

This is where I got stuck in my spirituality. Within these pages are the 10 things I've hated about Christianity over the years and how I've worked through my frustrations. I call it the intersection of real life, simple faith, and raw emotion.

Maybe you'll see yourself here too.

Mr. Berggren took 10 things (faith, prayer, the Bible, sin, rules, love, hell, answers, church, Christians) and devotes a chapter to each. He tells you why he struggles with each individual item and what strides he has made to change or overcome those struggles. This sounds like it has been a lifelong process for him as he continues to strive for answers.

I couldn't relate to a lot of what was in this book. In my experience, it is easier for a woman to have faith and trust that there is a God who is in control - but for men it is tougher to let someone else be in control. My faith helps me to not struggle with a lot of the other questions he has in this book. Maybe this makes me too trusting or naive - or as he writes in his dedication - maybe I am just not courageous enough to search out different answers.

I would like to offer this book to another reader -someone who meets the description in his book dedication: This book is dedicated to those who continue to doubt, are curious about spiritual ideas, and are courageous enough to search them out. I consider you friends.
If you feel that this is you - please leave a comment with your email address. I will have a drawing after I get 10 entries. Thanks!


Debs Desk said...

I would love to read 10 Things I Hate about Christianity. I would say I am curious about spiritual ideas and have myself had to work on searching of answers. Please include me in your giveaway.

RachieG said...

This book sounds pretty interesting! Please enter me :)

rachie2004 AT yahoo DOt com

I subscribe through RSS and love this blog! :)

Joy Renee said...

This looks like it would fit with my own quest. At least I'm curious about how he worked out his own quandaries.
joystory @ gmail . com

Rebecca :) said...

Kristi, please enter me into the contest. I would love to read this book. I am always interested in different religious and spiritual perspectives. Thanks!

Jennifer said...

This sounds like it could be interesting, at the very least.

Please add me to the giveaway list

sharon54220 said...

This definitely sounds very interesting. Please enter me in this contest.


NotNessie said...

This looks very interesting. Please include me in the giveaway.


kalea_kane said...

My husband read the FIRST Wild Card preview of this book, and I am pretty sure...no very sure, he would be happy if I won this for him. Please enter me in your giveaway. :) Thanks!



nfmgirl said...

I have faith, but being a born skeptic and one with an analytical mind, I'm always testing the waters and questioning, questioning, questioning. This sounds like a great book. Please count me in. Thank you!

nfmgirl AT gmail DOT com

Beth said...

This looks great! Please enter me!

I'm always curious about spiritual ideas.


Heidi V said...

I would like to read this, it sounds interesting!

avalonne83 said...

Please enter me in the contest. Thanks.

avalonne83 [at] yahoo [dot] it


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