Subtitled, The Hidden Transformation in the Journey of Faith, Chrysalis is the New Zealand pastor's third offering. Jamieson is a pastor who has a PhD in Sociology, which was eventually turned into a book called Churchless Faith, where he studied people who left the church yet maintained their faith.
Chrysalis uses the life-cycle of butterflies as a metaphor for the faith journey that many contemporary people are experiencing. Drawing on the three principal phases of a butterfly's life and the transformations between these phases the book suggests subtle similarities with the zones of Christian faith that many encounter.
Jamieson speaks of the pre-critical faith, where most Christians live, and for whom most of the church's theology and expression is developed. This is a place of black and white, cut and dried theology and gives the easy answers to questions that people are asking.
But Jamieson identifies a post-critical faith where things are more shades of grey that cut and dried. This is a place of mystery, self-identity, freedom, and global ministry.
The journey from pre-critical faith to post-critical faith is the time of Chrysalis, or what St. John of the Cross would call the "dark night of the soul." It is a place of darkness, loneliness, and being. The methods of spiritual nourishment do not feed us as they once did. Prayer, the Scriptures, etc are still important, they just work in us a different way. This is a time of transformation, metamorphosis, and stripping away of what we thought we were to uncover who we were created to be.
Len Sweet calls Jamieson the foremost theologian of journey - of the faith journey. Having read his previous two books, I would agree. This book has been food for my soul and water for my thirsty heart. I have been frustrated by the methods, all the while longing for the drenching rain of the Spirit. My heart for over a year now, has been longer for something more, something more real than the same-old-same-old.
Jamieson's book has given me an understanding of what God has been doing in my life all this time and that instead of trying harder, that I just need to be. I need to let the pain and struggle and dryness be the agents of transformation.
This book will not resonate with every Christian. But it will resonate with those who have either walked through the dark night of the soul (it will give them a understanding of the journey they have been through) or who are crying out for something more in their own relationship with God.