Endorsements

“This is a sturdy book, a thoroughly satisfying and totally credible book. Well-conceived and well-executed, it offers honest words about holy things, which means that it is also a brave book. I, for one, am grateful.”
~ Phyllis Tickle, author of The Great Emergence and founding religion editor, Publishers Weekly

“Disquiet Time takes us down a thrilling, provocative, and often beautiful path that leads to the deepest parts of ourselves, and the deepest parts of Christ. This book is for folks who don’t just want to read the Bible; they want to laugh, wrestle and cry with the Bible. And that’s just the place God wants us to be.”
~ Joshua DuBois, former head of the White House Office of Faith Based and Neighborhood Partnerships and author of The President’s Devotional

“Disquiet Time is a devotional for humans,  a daily reading for the messy, doubt-filled,  sometimes irreverent people who love God or hope to some day. Though hinged on some of the Bible’s most deranged narratives [the book] … is strangely comforting, a spiritual hodgepodge that is deep and convicting,  hopeful and honest, quirky and wise.  For believers, cynics, and misfit souls,  Disquiet Time is a welcomed invitation to doubt, laugh, fight, debate, and trust.”
~ Matthew Paul Turner,  author of Our Great Big American God and Churched

“Cathleen and Jen are wonderful writers as well as wonderful people and this collection of wonderful essays is, in a word: lovely. You thought I was going to say ‘wonderful,’ didn’t you? I’M AN ENIGMA!!”
~ Pete Holmes, comedian and talk show host

“This rich collection of essays are thoughtful, engaging, and provocative. A must-read.”
~ Margaret Feinberg, author of Wonderstruck

“My favorite part of this collection is that while I didn’t agree with everything the different writers say…I didn’t feel like I had to. Do you know what a surprise that is? I kept waiting to feel that defensive mechanism go up inside me, but it didn’t. There was no expectation of uniformity or call for everyone to fall in line. This collection is such an inspiring picture of what real faith, lived with real people, looks and feels and reads like.”
~ Trish Ryan, author of the memoirs A Maze of Grace and He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not

“The writers come from all walks of life—“nonconformists and oddballs”—and approach the Bible in their own idiosyncratic ways. But while the writers may take the Bible seriously, that doesn’t mean they can’t have fun in the process, for, as the subtitle also suggests, the moods reflected here are often irreverent, even playful.”
~ Booklist

“Well. This will absolutely need a longer review, but know this much: it is a wild and woolly anthology of all sorts of little pieces — some remarkably well written, some really funny (Susan Isaacs) some a bit snarky (okay, a lot snarky) — asking whether this or that weird part of the Bible is really so, or may somehow not, or something other, or whatever it all may mean. “The Bible is full of not-so-precious moments” they say (and if that doesn’t win you over, you may not get the allusion to those awful little cutesy figurines.) From murder to mayhem to sex and slavery, the Bible is perplexing. Instead of turning a blind eye to the difficult (“and entertaining,” they slyly note) passages, these authors take ’em head on.
“Eugene Peterson writes the forward which gives this some appropriate gravitas. There are some important authors contributing here (from PCA scholar Stephen Brown to social activist Gareth Higgins to the spunky wordsmith Margot Starbuck.) Some of these folks are fairly conventional and quite thoughtful (Amy Julia Becker, Keith Tanner) and some are a bit edgy (Christian Piatt, Debbie Blue.) There is pathos, too, real honesty, humor, and some writing that you will want to ponder quietly.  And some parts you’ll want to read out loud. I’ve got my advanced reader’s copy dog-eared and can’t wait to start conversations about some of this. Falsani is an amazing writer herself (and familiar with all kinds of pop culture, the art and the artists), a Wheaton grad, I think, with a bit of an attitude. (And she is the only person that ever confused me with Bruce Cockburn, for which remain bemusedly grateful.) Ms Grant has previously written two good books, one about the process of adopting a daughter, another about raising a family. Despite the throw-back goof-ball cover (although you have to love that depiction of raining frogs) this new release is a great collection, a very interesting book.”
~ Byron Borger, Hearts & Minds Books

 

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