Monday, March 2, 2015

Book Notes: "Not God's Type", by Holly Ordway

I found out about Holly Ordway's "Not God's Type: An Atheist Academic Lays Down Her Arms", as I said earlier, by listening to one of my favorite podcasts, "The City".

There's a lot to love about this book - from Ordway's descriptions of fencing, to her love of literature, to her honesty about her good motives and her bad -  but what I loved the best was her description of her Lord.

I've been a Christian since I was a toddler. I remember loving the Lord, as "the lamb of God", from when I was about three years old. That picture of him captured me, and I have been his ever since.

But reading Holly Ordway's description of coming to know the Lord as an adult was so good. I loved reading about him as she came to know him, if that makes sense. I've come to know God as an adult, but I didn't know him first as an adult, you see?  And the thing about being a part of the kingdom, about being a part of the family of God, is that you can know God better by hearing about him from others.

He is infinite, and infinitely good.  And so there is always more to get to know. I read Holly's depiction and thought both "yes, that is the Lord I know" and "oh! there is more to know about him!"

This is a beautiful book. It's one I can recommend whole-heartedly, not just because of the subject, but because of the beauty of the prose.

The end of the book didn't resonate as much with me as the beginning for the very simple reason that it's about Ordway's further conversion to Catholicism, and I disagree with her arguments and theology in this section. But it'd be a pity not to pick up this book because of that; I trust our Lord will heal our divisions when he returns, and in the meantime, I loved reading Ordway's story of coming to know him.

Peace of Christ to you,
Jessica Snell

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Anne Kennedy said...

Fencing! And Christianity! My book list is getting out of control.

jen said...

Adding it to my list of spiritual autobiographies to read!