Losing Your Faith, Finding Your Soul: The Passage to New Life When Old Beliefs Die
David Robert Anderson
Convergent Books, 2013
272 pp., $19.99
Hip Christian Books
And just so you know I haven't been paid by publishers to hawk their books, I'll say that not all hip Christian books keep me reading. I couldn't make it through Rob Bell's Love Wins because I found the staccato, one-sentence paragraphs grating. The syntax got in the way of the content; I felt more like I was reading a catalog than a book. (However, I found Bell's latest, What We Talk About When We Talk About God, refreshing and stimulating.) For the same reason, I couldn't relate to a couple of books by Jay Bakker, son of Jim and Tammy Faye. My hipster tolerance has its limits.
One last mention: A bright literary light in the U.K., Francis Spufford, caused a stir with Unapologetic: Why, Despite Everything, Christianity Can Still Make Surprising Emotional Sense. Great Britain is much further down the post-Christian path than the U.S., and Spufford makes his points by appealing to life experiences rather than theological ideas. To almost everyone's surprise, he ends up fairly orthodox—though with a lot of bad words thrown in. That seems to be the essential ingredient in hipsterism.
Philip Yancey's latest book is The Question That Never Goes Away (Zondervan).
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