The author talks openly about her strictly religious childhood, her descent into alcoholism in her teens, and her surprising redemption, in every sense of the word, surrounded by others who were even more wounded and confused than she was...
The writing is good, the stories unexpected, often moving. The author is honest about her failings and doubts, and manages to present Jesus in a way that is very appealing. I’m not surprised that so many people find her style and teaching so attractive.
Each chapter tells a different story. It’s peppered with down-to-earth language and some obscenities, which I could have done without; yet I understand her need to be transparent, and to write the kinds of words she uses. Perhaps, for the ‘irregular’ parts of her congregation, strong language is a bridge to communication.
I would recommend it for Christians, for those who long for acceptance and have not yet found it, and perhaps most of all for those who are inclined to write the church off as feeble and irrelevant.
Well worth reading. Just be warned that there is seriously strong language used throughout.