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Book Review: Outlaw Christian

Outlaw Christian
Finding Authentic Faith by Breaking the “Rules”
By Jacqueline A. Bussie

Don’t Doubt. Don’t be Angry. Never ask Questions. Grieve in Secret. 

These are the unwritten “rules” of modern Christianity. And behind them lurks a lot of pain, heartbreak, and even broken faith. For Jacqueline Bussie, a faith governed by these rules was stifling, unsustainable, and dishonest. Unable to overlook the suffering she saw around her – in her friends, her distant neighbors, and even in her own life – Bussie found the only way to keep her faith in the God she loved was to start breaking the rules. 

Drawing from Scripture and real-life experience, Outlaw Christian is Bussie’s rallying cry to believers who care too much to let suffering go unquestioned and doubts unanswered. She calls for a faith that laments, loves, laughs, longs, and lives, but never lies. If you too are longing for an authentic faith that is bold, outspoken and active in a world of pain, join Bussie in living as an outlaw Christian. 

Jacqueline A. Bussie is director of the Forum on Faith and Life and professor of religion at Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota. A graduate of Davidson College and Yale University, she holds a PhD in Theology, Ethics, and Culture from the University of Virginia. 

Life is hard. It’s something that people don’t want to talk about, but we suffer just as those around us do. Outlaw Christian brings these sort of issues to the forefront and actually talks about them. Many others have had the same thoughts but have been afraid to doubt or question. The book is filled with great knowledge, and scriptural context to help you grow your faith. If you like A Christian Survival Guide or Sex and the Single Christian Girl you’ll for sure want to check out Outlaw Christian.

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