SPIRITUALITY & RELIGION

I Am Restored: How I Lost My Religion but Found My Faith

Zondervan. Oct. 2020. 192p. ISBN 9780310358039. $26.99. REL
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In this latest book, Grammy Award–winning singer Moore, author of the best-selling Unashamed, shares his own personal struggles, intensified over time by clinical depression, along with years of hiding inner pain from his fans. Making references to a childhood of sexual abuse, violence, and the absence of a stable father figure, Moore reveals an awareness and a concern for social injustice. One issue close to his heart is a conflict that he sees between the Black American community and law enforcement. Committed to following Christ, Moore begins questioning the status quo of evangelical religion, particularly in its response (or lack of response) to social injustice. This, along with a desire to push the boundaries of Christian music, causes him to lose many fans and other supporters. Through a long struggle with depression and coping behaviors that test his faith in God, Moore comes to realize that trauma has the power to heal and that everyone experiences God in a unique way. Readers who are familiar with Jefferson Bethke’s book Jesus > Religion will recognize a similar development of faith.
VERDICT This personal story of faith lost and found is especially recommended to Christians who are struggling to comprehend God’s complex ways.

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