The Book: “O Me of Little Faith” by Jason Boyett
The Good: Perfect introduction to the subject at hand. Doubt and weak faith is a difficult subject, but the author drew me into it like a pro in the first couple chapters. You have to read the story about the bench-press. It had me rolling. But the “best good” of this book is the honesty. Without honesty, this book would fall apart. The author was willing to be transparent in a subject that is not often talked about, doubt. According to Sticky Faith curriculum, research shows that in high school, 70% of students doubt their faith, but fewer than half actually talk about those doubts with a pastor, other adult, or other students in their youth ministry. There is a disconnect of those that have doubts, insecurity, or loss of faith and the discussion that happen as a result of those things. This book helps bring those issues to the surface. Other things worth the price of admission: Chapter 8 baptism story is absolutely precious (don’t use the word precious often, but it applies and is a must read. Also, a must read, ALL of chapter 9.
The Bad: The author has a weak view on prayer and it shows throughout. While I appreciate the honesty, I’m not on the same page. Also, liturgy in chapter 5 was a little over emphasized for my liking. This is a dangerous book for those new in their faith. I would recommend this book for those that are weak in their faith after a substantial time in the faith. I would hate for this book to be given to a new believer only to have their faith crushed before it could bloom. Finally, the sarcasm can get to be too much where the book is almost trying to convince the reader to have doubt in a certain area.
The Grade: B-
I absolutely loved the author’s style, approach, and honesty. However, it offers little closure to the reader and often chooses sarcasm over solution. There are portions of this book that are a must read (like chapter 9), but there are reasons for a B grade.