I talk honestly and openly about my experiences with mental illness, fibromyalgia, and chronic fatigue syndrome through the lens of feminism, fat acceptance and process theology. I also do recipe and book reviews. My mission is to spread the message that hope is always real for a better life, despite living in a world that is often very harsh.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Book Review - Rants to Revelations

Rants to Revelations: Unabasedly Honest Reflections on Life, Spirituality and the Meaning of God by Rev. Ogun Holder, Illustrations by David Hayward

I liked this book, especially the cartoons that help introduce each chapter.  This one was one of my favorites:
"I think the peace that passes understanding also passed me by."

I was very excited to get this book, because one of my friends had already introduced to David Hayward's blog, The Naked Pastor, which showcases jaded cartoons about what a minister may think and feel.  I enjoyed reading the book, but I would call it spiritual brain candy, meaning it is a very easy read and...there's not much substance.  Holder's book has a lot of big ideas, but the chapters are so short that there's hardly any space to explain his ideas-if I was his editor, I would tell him to "elaborate."  I appreciated that the book from Speakeasy was progressive enough for me, but for once it was actually a little too progressive!  Fortunately, I still found it entertaining.  Holder has some outlandish ideas and he also sometimes contradicts himself.  For instance, he says that God is a "principle" and that "principles don't have feelings" and yet he wants a personal relationship with his God.  But then the question remains, how do you have a personal relationship with a principle?  He never explains.  I wouldn't exactly recommend this book, but I didn't hate it either and I might loan it to my friend who likes David Hayward's blog.

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Womanist Musings - When it comes to hatred against GBLT people, the Westboro Baptist church isn’t extremist; it's just Christian

The Westboros are called a hate group because they’re offending straight, cis people.

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