Thursday, October 16, 2014

Book Review: Tables in the Wilderness

Tables in the Wilderness: A Memoir of God Found, Lost, and Found Again is a young man's memoir of his early journey through faith.  The author did an excellent job of sharing his internal life - thoughts, feelings, and doubts.  In that respect, it was an honest book showing the crises of faith that many (most?) young people who are raised in the church face before faith can become their own.  I am sure that many young people will be able to relate directly to the author's struggles.

In some ways, this book felt somewhat melodramatic- with an intense focus on many fleeting fears and internal thoughts.  Clearly, Mr.  Yancey is a talented writer that has a gift for articulating the things that most of us could never get on paper.  But after a whole book of these internal thoughts, it felt a bit over done and immature.  I think that the author will have a wonderful story with much wisdom to relate in about twenty more years.

This would be a great book to give a twenty-something struggling with his faith in order to give him the hope that those doubts will not remain front and center forever.

I received this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.
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