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A tonic for doubt.
on 25 April 2016
For me, this account of events was heartening, unforgettable, doubt-vanquishing, elevating, life-changing spiritually-renewing and strengthening. It was pick-me up for the soul, at a time when it was personally needed. So, more than worth reading then! (That would be an understatement.) But at what price? For me to receive such benefit which I value more highly than words can convey, feels priceless. However, that also seems horribly selfish because the price the author has paid in severe pain and anguish, so that his story could be told, is nothing short of immense. It is also therefore deeply humbling. My gratitude is woefully insufficient.
I hope that millions will have benefitted like I have done, and more might yet do so. But I dare say that many intractable sceptics will remain intractably sceptical. I was once such a sceptic who would have resented any hope, which others might express, that this narrative might shine a reassuring light through any chink in my stubborn armour. And I most certainly have resented people praying for me. Nevertheless, now at risk of being resented myself, I dare to hope for others who may be as I used to be.
This book alone did not change my mind about God, I have to confess, as I had already turned the corner; somewhat miraculously, considering the previous state of my philosophy and settled persuasions or convictions. It now seems as if I was spiritually stagnant before I came around. During that stage of denial, I strongly doubt that I would ever have entertained the notion of reading such a book, even through curiosity. However, as things had newly awakened deep within, I was probably one-quarter to half-way there. And so it did seem an attractive read, and I found that it did reinforce and boost my newfound faith just when this was most needed to seal the deal, as it were. I now feel much stronger for it, and hugely comforted.