Happy Friday, everyone.
Today, I’m featuring one of the most interesting books I’ve featured here on the blog, Tim O’Donnell’s A View From the Back Pew. O’Donnell’s book is a unique hybrid. It’s a compelling spiritual memoir of a Catholic wrestling with religion, and a primer on O’Donnell’s perspective on Christian theology.
The book swings through everything in O’Donnell’s spiritual wanderings, from annoying the nuns at his Catholic school, to taking the Catholic church to task on many traditions (including how Catholics treat Mary), to being confronted by Christians about his practicing yoga, to a prosperity gospel that seemingly actually worked.
I’ll admit, I wrestled with this book a lot. But I also couldn’t put it down. O’Donnell’s beliefs are far from “orthodox.” But it’s obvious he’s still on a journey of faith and questions, so don’t read his conclusions as gospel truth. You may hate his theology, or conclude he’s not a “real” Christian. Or you may be comforted that even with his beliefs and questions, his faith is still intact. You may read his book as a cautionary tale of the spirituality that the church (especially the Catholic church) is producing. But his story is addictively compelling, and kept me reading to the end.
I’ve got Tim on the blog today with some great discussion, and we’ll be giving away a couple of copies today too!