Let's Talk About Doubt
An honest but hopeful memoir about navigating life, faith and church as a doubtful believer.
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Although doubt is a normal part of Christian life, it is not a visible discussion within most churches. This tension led Kat Wordsworth to experience acute shame and isolation when she was overwhelmed with doubt while working for a church. Let's Talk About Doubt offers an antidote to this silence by combining Kat's story of doubtful faith with a wider look at the attitude towards doubt within contemporary Christian culture. Kat doesn't pretend to present a cure or step-by-step guide to eliminating doubt. Instead, she recounts how she found a way to accept her doubt, reclaim her faith and engage with church. Brutally honest but ultimately hopeful, Let's Talk About Doubt is essential for all those who experience doubt and all those who want to support them.
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I am so grateful that Kat Wordsworth is inviting people to talk about doubt by going public with her story. While the writings of theologians and pastors on doubt can be helpful, there is something especially helpful about a “lay person” who is honest without being cynical and hopeful without being unrealistic. Kat Wordsworth’s book could be your guide in discovering for yourself how to be a doubtful Christian. ~ Brian D. McLaren, author of Do I Stay Christian? and Faith After Doubt.
This book is a gift, Kat writes beautifully about her journey with doubt, her writing is infused with hope and her words will be a balm to fellow questioning souls. ~ Rachael Newham, author of And Yet and Mental Health Friendly Church Project Manager at Kintsugi Hope.
In recent years, the Western church has sought to paper over the cracks of people's questions and wonderings in favor of presenting a happier, slicker, easier Christianity. Let's Talk About Doubt is the book we've all been waiting for, whether or not we've acknowledged it. With gentleness, grace and good humor, Kat Wordsworth presents an articulate picture of doubt and what it feels like. Her words are neither glibly victorious nor pessimistically depressing, but full of hope that doubt can exist within the realms of faith in our sovereign creator God. If you are a doubter, you will find solace within the pages of this book. If you are not, you will find enlightenment - which is why I not only heartily recommend it, but strongly urge every Christian to read it. ~ Lucy Rycroft, founder of thehopefilledfamily.com and author of Redeeming Advent and Deborah and Jael.
From the very first pages, Wordsworth puts into words thoughts and feelings that many will have barely dared articulate to themselves. Her writing is tender and unflinching, compassionate and honest. This book is for anyone who feels on the fringes of the church and fears they are alone in their wondering, wrestling and wavering. ~ Florence Gildea, author of Lessons I Have Unlearned.