Are you drawn to the story of a God who lives and dies full of love for a rebellious creation…yet find yourself wondering how it could possibly be true? Have you grown weary of rules that seem to cause slavery rather than freedom? Are you skeptical about the usefulness of “good news” that doesn’t seem so good? Do you worry that the religion you grew up with doesn’t apply to a more diverse population?
Welcome to the Doubting Christians Club!
In a desire to provide a strong foundation for its members, the Church has often promoted a rigorous belief system that seems to leave little room for doubt…which can make doubters feel like they either need to leave the Church or else hide their doubts. I don’t believe either of these options is a good idea for the Doubting Christian – the first because you will miss out on the beauty you are drawn to, and the second because you will live a double life that will slowly isolate and destroy you.
Luckily, there are others out there just like you (myself, for instance)! Listed below is the Doubting Christians Starter Pack that will stretch your mind, give you hope, and assure you that you are not alone.
1| O Me of Little Faith: True Confessions of a Spiritual Weakling by Jason Boyett
This is the book that began my journey toward becoming comfortable with my doubt. It was given to me, unasked for, by my pastor, which has earned him my undying respect. In this book, Boyett gets honest about his doubts and comes to the conclusion that perhaps doubters are closer to God than those who never question their faith – after all, doubt is an inextricable part of a faith given to something unseen.