Honestly by Daniel Fusco

Growing up, I was presented a very clear-cut version of faith. I was given a list of things to believe, a list of things to disavow, and very few things in between. This type of faith governed my life until college, when everything came crashing down. My columns of biblical right and wrong imploded. Now this didn’t mean I lost all sense of right and wrong, but everything got really messy. I tried to rebuild my faith but it kept falling apart.

One day, I was talking to friend about my faith mess and he suggested something that shocked me. He suggested that I live in the mess for a while and figure out what pieces should stay and what should go. This was bewildering to me. The idea that is was acceptable to live within the mess was unfathomable but so relieving.

Over the past few years, I found more books that address the mess. I am not sure if this is a new emphasis in Christian literature or one I am just recently discovering. Honestly by Daniel Fusco is another chapter in the library of messy faith. Christ does not offer us a simple life with simple answers.

And that’s ok.

My only criticism of the book is that the book is a bit unspecial. It just felt like another run of the mill Christian book. That is not necessarily a bad thing, but the book does not really stand out. He shares wonderful stories, he makes great illustrations from Scripture, but I wasn’t drawn deep into the book.

This book would be a good launching pad for a church group.