Spiritual Misfit: A Memoir of Uneasy Faith



❴Ebook❵ ➩ Spiritual Misfit: A Memoir of Uneasy Faith Author Michelle DeRusha – E17streets4all.co.uk I decided to admit once and for all that I didn t know what I was doing, what I thought, what I believed, even sometimes if I truly believed I would tell the truth I wasn t like them I didn t fit in I I decided to admit once and for A Memoir MOBI ô all that I didn Spiritual Misfit: Kindle - t know what I was doing, what I thought, what I believed, Misfit: A Memoir PDF/EPUB ´ even sometimes if I truly believed I would tell the truth I wasn t like them I didn t fit in I wasn t a proper Christian I didn t have it all together like they did Why not, I figured What in the world did I have to lose After twenty years of unbelief, estranged from her childhood faith and ultimately from God, Michelle DeRusha unexpectedly found herself wrestling hard with questions of spirituality and deeply frustrated by the lack of clear answers Until she realized that the questions themselves paved a way for faith Declaring my unbelief, writes DeRusha, was the first step declaring my unbelief allowed me to begin to seek authentically Spiritual Misfit chronicles one woman s journey toward an understanding that belief and doubt can coexist This poignant and startlingly candid memoir reveals how being honest about our questions, our fears, and our discomfort with black and white definitions of faith can move us toward an authentic and a deepening relationship with God.Spiritual Misfit: A Memoir of Uneasy Faith

A Massachusetts native, Michelle DeRusha moved to A Memoir MOBI ô Nebraska in , where Spiritual Misfit: Kindle - she discovered the Great Plains, grasshoppers the size of Cornish hens and Misfit: A Memoir PDF/EPUB ´ God She writes about finding and keeping faith in the everyday at as well as for the Lincoln Journal Star and The High Calling She s mom to two bug loving boys, Noah and Rowan, and is married to Brad, an English professor who reads Moby Dick for fun.

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    Spiritual Misfit: A Memoir of Uneasy Faith PDF Ó A wasn t like them I didn t fit in I wasn t a proper Christian I didn t have it all together like they did Why not, I figured What in the world did I have to lose After twenty years of unbelief, estranged from her childhood faith and ultimately from God, Michelle DeRusha unexpectedly found herself wrestling hard with questions of spirituality and deeply frustrated by the lack of clear answers Until she realized that the questions themselves paved a way for faith Declaring my unbelief, writes DeRusha, was the first step declaring my unbelief allowed me to begin to seek authentically Spiritual Misfit chronicles one woman s journey toward an understanding that belief and doubt can coexist This poignant and startlingly candid memoir reveals how being honest about our questions, our fears, and our discomfort with black and white definitions of faith can move us toward an authentic and a deepening relationship with God."/>
  • Paperback
  • 240 pages
  • Spiritual Misfit: A Memoir of Uneasy Faith
  • Michelle DeRusha
  • English
  • 12 May 2018
  • 1601425325

10 thoughts on “Spiritual Misfit: A Memoir of Uneasy Faith

  1. says:

    This book hit upon situations I could relate to, even though our faith journeys have been different I love how this book affirms that it s okay to doubt My biggest takeaway from this real, down to earth, book was asking myself, WHY NOT Why not believe Loved it This book is gentle, funny, and approachable, and I would not hesitate to recommend it to friends who are wondering what the big deal about Jesus is.

  2. says:

    When I read this passage from Michelle DeRusha s new memoir, Spiritual Misfits, I identified with her so much She writes When I thought about it, these lake water images struck me as the perfect metaphor for my tentative floundering toward belief In matters of spirituality I often assumed that if only I knew for sure, if I firmly grasped the answers to all the questions if I saw clearly how it would all turn out, then I would be okay I thought if I could see under the surface of that murky w When I read this passage from Michelle DeRusha s new memoir, Spiritual Misfits, I identified with her so much She writes When I thought about it, these lake water images struck me as the perfect metaphor for my tentative floundering toward belief In matters of spirituality I often assumed that if only I knew for sure, if I firmly grasped the answers to all the questions if I saw clearly how it would all turn out, then I would be okay I thought if I could see under the surface of that murky water, glimpse what was hidden beneath, my faith would finally be secure, rock solid and steady On the other hand, my memory of yet another lake experience left me wondering if even that kind of clarity would satisfy page 91 In the end, Michelle realizes just as the murky water was scary, so too, was the water that was so crystal clear she could see absolutely everything To see both nothing and everything are ends of a spectrum the black and the white And where I think God wants us to live is in the gray, where our lives are punctuated with light that sheds clarity exactly at the moment we need it.Michelle s whole memoir is testament to this She doesn t have a Saul Paul moment of conversion Hers is step by step, moving from doubt to faith She lets you in on her own analytical mind, showing us how she regularly clung to her logic as a three year old clings to her favorite lovey But we also see God gently prying her fingers off, one by one, eventually setting free the lovey, clasping each finger fully onto His, the very definition of love.And isn t this how faith works Whether you ve been a Christian forever or you are still entertaining the idea that He might be real, there are still worldly ways and worldly things onto which we cling because we just need to know The fear of the unknown, we think, is too much to bear.It s by living that we trust, by giving Him opportunities to work in our lives, opening our eyes to seeing His involvement, to feeling His touch It s there If only we allow ourselves the time and space to see it Michelle s life is testament to this.It s a beautiful, funny, poignant, wrestling life where, no matter what your journey, you will find some common ground on which you can grow

  3. says:

    Have you been a Christian long enough to know the Sunday school answer Everyone knows Jesus is the answer and everything else is wrong Everyone, that is, except Michelle DeRusha This girl says what no respectable Christian would about her faith in her spiritual memoir She is brave enough to say all the things we Christians have thought then promptly dismissed as inappropriate Michelle stares her uneasy, fragile faith in the eye With an equally scant measure of defiance pitted against her p Have you been a Christian long enough to know the Sunday school answer Everyone knows Jesus is the answer and everything else is wrong Everyone, that is, except Michelle DeRusha This girl says what no respectable Christian would about her faith in her spiritual memoir She is brave enough to say all the things we Christians have thought then promptly dismissed as inappropriate Michelle stares her uneasy, fragile faith in the eye With an equally scant measure of defiance pitted against her paltry faith, Michelle plods on in her awkward and jolting relationship to God She s determined to hammer out her Christianity no matter what it looks like, even if she misses and hits her thumb or worse, God s in the process Her story is both funny and heartfelt, and you might find your own feeble faith in her journey, give or take a few details This is an uncensored look at what true faith looks like in the raw, yet offers hope and grace to all who struggle with their faith or yearn to have some

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    I was fortunate to get a pre read of Spiritual Misfit which will become available April 15, 2014 If you have ever questioned whether you are the only person who doesn t know know how to do it right when it comes to Christianity, this book is for you Michelle has a gift for sharing real life, whether it s one of the beautiful moments or whether is one of the very raw, not so pretty moments If you want a taste of her style, go read a few of her blog entries at a I was fortunate to get a pre read of Spiritual Misfit which will become available April 15, 2014 If you have ever questioned whether you are the only person who doesn t know know how to do it right when it comes to Christianity, this book is for you Michelle has a gift for sharing real life, whether it s one of the beautiful moments or whether is one of the very raw, not so pretty moments If you want a taste of her style, go read a few of her blog entries at and then pre order this book You will not be disappointed

  5. says:

    Tender, funny, and above all well crafted I loved following Michelle s journey, so different from my own, but with the same end result Michelle gives us a living, breathing portrait of what it means to love God and know we are loved by Him too Written from one spiritual misfit to another, it s impossible not to find a bit of yourself in these pages, regardless of your personal history My favorite take away Keep asking questions Start with Why not

  6. says:

    I liked this book it went fast and was fun and self effacing without being as woo woo as someone like Anne Lamott whom I also like but whatever I related to DeRusha s experience with Catholicism and how her parents never gave her the option not to attend church I feel like every other story of growing up Christian out there goes like I stopped going to church at age 12 when I stopped believing like ok A you TOLD your parents you stopped believing and B they just LET you stop going I I liked this book it went fast and was fun and self effacing without being as woo woo as someone like Anne Lamott whom I also like but whatever I related to DeRusha s experience with Catholicism and how her parents never gave her the option not to attend church I feel like every other story of growing up Christian out there goes like I stopped going to church at age 12 when I stopped believing like ok A you TOLD your parents you stopped believing and B they just LET you stop going I won t delve into the specifics of my experience except to say that it was not like that so it was kind of a relief that DeRusha s childhood was at least somewhat similar.most of the quotes used within the text were from C.S Lewis and Kathleen Norris, and I could ve used a break from some of that not a huge deal.the thing I ACTUALLY had a problem with was how DeRusha recounted several instances in which she did charity work and wrote about the people who met her actions with overt gratitude I fucking hate that shit most of the people you serve are not going to thank you and praise you and weep at your feet and smile and laugh and stroke your cheek and act like you saved them because you served them a fucking bowl of soup or something they are not there to inspire you tell me the bigger story, about how as Oscar Wilde said, the best amongst the poor are never grateful, and how you still pulled something out of your heart to serve, and how maybe you got nothing out of it, and how it was actually really fucking uninspiring, and how you kept going, because it was the right thing to do, and not because it felt good

  7. says:

    I m not really in the intended audience for this memoir I was drawn in, first by the title, and then by the first chapter, where Michelle DeRusha captures her experience with sin and the confessional in the Catholic church, an experience that was compellingly told and similar to my own early religious training But after the first chapter, the writing often seems self consciously engaged in a form of humor I don t connect with well, and sometimes the book seems over written, over explained, the I m not really in the intended audience for this memoir I was drawn in, first by the title, and then by the first chapter, where Michelle DeRusha captures her experience with sin and the confessional in the Catholic church, an experience that was compellingly told and similar to my own early religious training But after the first chapter, the writing often seems self consciously engaged in a form of humor I don t connect with well, and sometimes the book seems over written, over explained, the humor exaggerated I almost stopped reading it several times, only to be brought back by some compelling spiritual insight or experience that is described well I give this three stars knowing I m not really in the audience for this one But I can see how many others might find this a delightful and enlightening read DeRusha has certainly cited some wonderful writers here who helped her in her spiritual journey, and she has with insight shaped some compelling experiences I love her idea of pointing the Hubble telescope at a region where there seems to be nothing there, only to begin to notice distant galaxies there in the small dark space as a metaphor for seeing how God works in our lives At the same time that the ending is over summarized and explained, I share her feeling of being a misfit

  8. says:

    Many spiritual memoirs seem to be sanitized before publication Our faithful Christian protagonist is victim, survivor, walking faithfully and leaning entirely on God Right The only problem with such an approach is that I can t relate to such a cleaned up presentation of walking with Jesus It s hard It s tricky We stumble In a spiritual sense, we all have spinach in our teeth now and then.Michelle is not afraid to smile big and wide, spiritual spinach and all You need this book Order Many spiritual memoirs seem to be sanitized before publication Our faithful Christian protagonist is victim, survivor, walking faithfully and leaning entirely on God Right The only problem with such an approach is that I can t relate to such a cleaned up presentation of walking with Jesus It s hard It s tricky We stumble In a spiritual sense, we all have spinach in our teeth now and then.Michelle is not afraid to smile big and wide, spiritual spinach and all You need this book Order it Now.Really

  9. says:

    I ve never encountered a book with such an insightful blend of humor and poignancy I ve been waiting to read DeRusha s work in print for years SPIRITUAL MISFIT exceeded my expectations By tackling probing questions like can doubt and faith coexist, DeRusha writes a necessary book with a brave and witty voice that is sure to engage many wrestling and misfit souls.I ve been enthusiastically recommending SPIRITUAL MISFIT to friends and family I m eager to readfrom DeRusha

  10. says:

    How many of us find ourselves naked before our Lord, trembling just a bit, scratching our heads, mumbling I believe Lord, help my unbelief In this close to the bone memoir Michelle shares with brave openness her doubts, fears and growing reliance on a Lord Who asks us to believe what we can not always see.Some pages left me giggling, others are stained by tears of recognition.This is a must read for anyone who wants to know themselves and their Lord in a deeper way.

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