I recently had the opportunity to review a new book by Andrea Palpant Diley called “Faith and Other Flat Tires: Searching for God on the Rough Road of Doubt“. One of the immediate takeaways was found in the very opening chapters. I appreciated how she was honest in saying that her story was not the same old textbook formula for many of the books we read today. That formula is the following:
Step 1: Grow up in a Christian church.
Step 2: Go off to college away from said church
Step 3: Be exposed to the enticements of secular life.
Step 4: Try drugs and cigarettes and Pearl Jam.
Step 5: Leave the church because of so-called worldly enticements
Step 6: Experience epiphany; realize vapidness of said secular things.
Step 7: Return to church with a penitent heart.
Step 8: Reestablish faith, discover good living.
Kinda reminds me of most of the “Christian movies” that come out now a days. What I appreciated about Andreas memoir was her honest, open telling of her journey. I bet most of our stories sound like the 8 steps above. When we go to small groups and people tell their story, it’s usually those 8 steps too. So to hear someone go far beyond that and be so real about her struggles is refreshing. It reminded me very much of Anne Jackson’s “Permission To Speak Freely“.
I recommend “Faith and Other Flat Tires” because it’s a reminder that our stories are so much deeper than what we often squeeze into a 5 minute “popcorn testimony”. There are scars and struggles and real pain in each journey. There are doubts and sometimes I wonder if we’re afraid to share those without feeling like we need to break into prayer as soon as they are expressed. Thank you Andrea for being willing to be transparent and share your struggles and your journey.
Click HERE for a sample chapter from “Faith and Other Flat Tires”.
Click HERE for a guest post by Andrea about “Faith and Other Flat Tires”.
I give “Faith and Other Flat Tires” a 3 out of 5.
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