Review: Outlaw Christian

by ggeurs

This is a review of the book Outlaw Christian by Jacqueline Bussie.

The ideal relationship is the one where neither person ever tells how they really feel, ensuring to repress all thoughts and emotions. Said no one ever. And it has been my experience that an unhealthy church or faith community is one where no one is allowed to express his or her thoughts, fears, or doubts. I was raised in a church like that. So it is a book like Jacqueline Bussie’s Outlaw Christian for which I can see a need. I just wonder how prevalent the unhealthy mindset of not being allowed to doubt or question is today?

Bussie takes the more raw themes of the life of faith- anger at God, doubt, opening up about fears, etc.- and confronts them head on. She does not shy away from the topics and is candid and transparent enough to walk the reader through her own personal stories of how she finds herself in each of the subjects.

The most useful part of the book, I feel, is the last chapter on the seven ways to find hope in one’s own seemingly hopeless situation. Her solutions are pragmatic and give the reader a sense of how to take steps towards getting past (or simply coping) with each of his struggles.

Bussie rings the victory bell of the Outlaw Christian. And by the way the material is presented in a straightforward manner, it becomes clear that practically all Christians in one sense or another are or should be outlaw Christians. This book would be a good one to use in a small group, being sure to take plenty of time to dialog over the content.

I received my copy of this book for free through the BookLook Bloggers program in exchange for reviewing it. I was not obligated to post a positive review; the opinions expressed are my own.