Good God, Lousy World, and Me

October 12, 2013

Recently I read Good God, Lousy World, and Me: The Improbable Journey of a Human Rights Activist from Unbelief to Faith by humanitarian Holly Burkhalter. I received an advanced reading copy of the book, which comes out later this month, from the publisher (Convergent Books).. Although she grew up in a strong Mennonite family, Burkhalter slipped away from the faith for many years. The book recounts her slow journey back to God and her continuing doubts and struggles with faith. She offers these thoughts as she mixes in stories from her personal life and her work as a congressional staffer and then for various humanitarian organizations. She also works in thoughts about mental illness and faith since some family members experienced various types of mental struggles. The book is not one of those stories where everything comes together nice and neat so everyone can live happily ever after. But in many ways her faith matches what she sees in this fallen, messed up world.