A Review of Jason Boyett’s O Me of Little Faith

Got doubt? Better yet, “Got DOUBTS?” Doubts about God? Doubts about the Bible? Doubts about…faith? Author Jason Boyett has doubts. Many doubts. Intellectual doubts. Circumstantial doubts. Seasonal doubts. In his book, “O Me of Little Faith” Boyett shares those doubts. Doubts (if we are honest, all of us have them in life) sometimes during a particular season or throughout life. In an honestly refreshing and candid way, Boyett invites us into his doubts and how he lives with them while keeping his faith (and, I think, his sanity) along the way. Beginning with his honest admission that “…there are times…when I’m not entirely sure that I believe in God” Boyett shares his struggles to have the kind certain faith he saw growing up that gave the absolute assurance that one was saved and could hear God speaking. I found this book refreshing and honest and I especially enjoyed chapters 4, 5, 6, and 7 of the book. Chapter 4, ‘The Weight of Absence’ is Boyett’s struggle to sense and experience God’s presence that is punctuated by long stretches of silence. His three insights related to those long stretches of time are ones that many people will identify with. Chapter 5, ‘Reverse Bricklaying’ offers a wonderful image of prayer as taking down the wall between God and one self. In naming bricks ‘apathy,’ ‘confusion,’ ‘sin,’ and ‘cynicism,’ Boyett reminds us that prayer is not about changing God but changing us as we pray. Chapter 6, ‘Insanity at 900 Feet’ focuses on doubt and its roots. In wrestling with his doubts, Boyett shares a major source of intellectual doubt that some readers will find challenging and other will easily relate to. Chapter 7, ‘This is Horrible! Here, Taste it!’ focuses on dealing with doubt as we deal with our certainty of faith. Here Boyett shares a phrase that stuck with me as one who has been a professing Christian most of my life. “simul iustus et peccator” or “simultaneously saint and sinner.” He raises the question of faith and doubt existing simultaneously rather than the more traditional dichotomy of either/or. If you, or someone you know, believes… and yet… struggles with doubts, ‘O Me of Little Faith,’ is a book for you. (By the way Jason, I knew before I got to page 84 that you were an introvert! I think you are an ISTJ) Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book from its publisher, Zondervan, via a request for reviews by its author.)

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