Don't waste your awkwardness.
One of the saddest realities of life is that the things we need to talk about the most, we tend to talk about the least - from bouts with depression to sexual struggles to parent wounds that never seem to heal. Raise these issues out loud, and wait for the awkward silence. But those awkward moments are precisely where we find connections with God and one another.
In This Is Awkward, Sammy Rhodes talks directly, honestly, and hilariously (because sometimes we need to laugh) about the most painfully uncomfortable subjects in our lives. In chapters like "Parents Are a Gift (You Can't Return Them)" and "D is for Depression", he boldly goes where most of us fear to tread, revealing that we can be liberated by the embrace of a god who knows the most shameful things about us and loves us all the same. Because nothing is too awkward for God.
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This was awkward lived up to its name
- Jason E. Pittman
An Amazingly Brutally Honest Book
This book is well worth the read. Sammy reveals more about his struggles in this book than probably any other Christian book I've ever read, and that's what makes this book shine. He puts it all out there and I think it can only lead others struggling with the same issues towards healing. This is a book we should all read. The church is in need of this kind of refreshing honesty.
I will mention, however, that this book is a bit all over the place. I don't necessarily catch the theme, even in ties to the title. Each chapter kind of stands on its own. This doesn't make it a bad book by any means though. And while I like the pop culture references, they happen so often that some of them feel made for the sake of being made.
- Jamin D. Bradley