By Sammy Rhodes
the saddest realities of life is that the things we need to talk about
the most, we tend to talk about the least—from bouts with depression to
sexual struggles to parent-wounds that never seem to heal. Raise these
issues out loud, and wait for the awkward silence. But those awkward
moments are precisely where we find connection with God and one
In This is Awkward, Sammy Rhodes talks directly, honestly, and hilariously (because sometimes we need to laugh) about the most painfully uncomfortable subjects in our lives. In chapters like “Parents Are a Gift (You Can’t Return Them)” and “D is for Depression,” he boldly goes where most of us fear to tread, revealing that we can be liberated by the embrace of a God who knows the most shameful things about us and loves us all the same. Because nothing is too awkward for God.
After reading I Kissed Dating Goodbye by Joshua Harris I never thought I would encounter another book by a Pastor/Minister of Christian faith so early on.
I must admit, This is Awkward felt like going on a BLOG binge and each journal-like entry start not only keeps the book from becoming too preachy but is also a unique way of starting off a topic in a informal way which a reader of any faith can relate to.
Laced with hilarious anecdotes; quotes from various writers; moments from various movies and insights from The Bible, Songs of Solomon, Nahum etc., Sammy Rhodes takes you on a unique journey through various incidents in his life as he discusses topics like Lust, crying at Starbucks, Pornography, the Art of delaying writing, Addiction, Parental issues, Social media, Dating, Marriage which are directly related to our awkwardness, vulnerability, growth, and intimacy related issues.
The self-deprecating humor sometimes doesn't work out as well as expected but all in all the writer goes on to do one HELL of a good job to make the points he wish to make on various topics.
I don't believe in Jesus.
But that didn't stop me from reading this book as I agreed/disagreed with what the writer had to say.
You can read this book from cover to cover or you can jump to any chapter you want and it would still come good.
Overall it is a good book worth a read or two.
3 out 5 Cross.
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