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Michelle DeRusha’s book, Spiritual Misfit:A Memoir of Uneasy Faith, is as open, engaging, and honest. The topic of spirituality in today’s culture and society has become more open than it once was, so I think this book is a great place to begin a conversation. In the book, she discusses her entire path, all parts of it. From when she attended religious services out of duty, to her pure avoidance of the topic altogether, marrying someone with faith, and the slow walk to where she is today.
As I noted in my post on being a spiritual misfit, I ordered this book for review because I hoped for an honest discussion about religion and spirituality. Based on the description, I figured there couldn’t be a better way to further explore this topic myself, or at the very least feel understood when it came to my spirituality.
Spiritual Misfit chronicles one woman’s journey toward an understanding that belief and doubt can coexist. This poignant and startlingly candid memoir reveals how being honest about our questions, our fears, and our discomfort with black-and-white definitions of faith can move us toward an authentic and a deepening relationship with God. credit
And, although our paths may have been different, there are some similarities I see in Michelle DeRusha’s book, Spiritual Misfit. Coming from a family full of religion, being afraid to ask questions, not understanding the hows or whys of things, wanting to fit somewhere, and even essentially denouncing all aspects of faith and spirituality, Michelle DeRusha tells her story. She does it in such a way as to engage you from the very first page. I mean it. She writes poignantly her story, a story that twists and turns, one that shows life doesn’t have to be ascribed to through the beliefs of others. This book is powerful and impactful in that eventually Michelle finds her place. It wasn’t through her husband, or her friends, or her family, but through herself. She came into her faith and spirituality on her own, with the help of others she sought, but also with the acceptance and understanding that she doesn’t have to be like anyone else.
Michelle DeRusha starts the book off by telling the a story from her childhood and how that story highlights her unsteadiness with faith and religion from the outset. Later in the book, she discusses how being in an unfamiliar place puts her in enough of a crisis to begin seeking something to understand and relate to. Her journey doesn’t end there, in fact it continues on for years, until she comes to the place she is now, comfortable with her own faith.
I’m not fully where she is, maybe I never will be. I’m not sure it matters though. I think what matters is that we find our own method of salvation. A salvation that preserves us from harm. The kind of harm ascribing to someone else’s system of beliefs and way of practice can cause. A salvation that is part of who we are, not something that’s crafted from the outside in. For only in this way, can #misfits have a belief that they themselves can fully hold on to.
I highly recommend picking up a copy of this book and reading it for yourself. Maybe you have questions. Maybe you have doubts or fears. Maybe you want to be understood or at least see that there’s another person who also struggles with faith and spirituality. Maybe you feel secure with where you are, yet you’re inquisitive about others’ journey and want to understand better. Or maybe you just want to read a good book. Whatever the reason, pick up a copy of Spiritual Misfit: A Memoir of Uneasy Faith on Amazon or through Christian Book soon! You can also check out Michelle DeRusha’s personal blog, Michelle DeRusha.
*Disclaimer: Waterbrook Multnomah Publishers, Convergent Books and Blogging For Books provided me with a free copy of this book for purposes of review. The opinions and thoughts about the book are all mine.