Precise, compelling writing - a great book! Gray’s writing forces the reader to stop and reflect on faith at a very personal level. It is inspirational reading for anyone - whether starting on a new, first time journey of faith to find God, or, for the Christian who feels like they’ve come to that place in their life where faith is just an empty word without meaning anymore. Fair warning to readers, though: much like Forrest Gump’s “box of chocolates” – this is not light reading for a rainy afternoon. Each chapter delves into some tough, "chewy" material you should sit and ponder to find the true "center" that Gray explores. As the title suggests, Gray takes the reader on a slow journey that he masterfully walks with them as a true disciple of Christ through the pages of his book. He relates the search for faith to passages from scripture, personal insights (including some tough times he endured physically, emotionally and financially), reflections from other notable scholars in scripture or mentors, along with a healthy dose of humor - all with the theme that a journey to experience true faith can’t be sugar (or chocolate!)-coated and obtained overnight – it takes time, patience, self-reflection, and a commitment to “run the race”. He poses some tough questions spanning nearly 20 chapters that have weighty titles like “Faith and Fear”, “Faith and Weakness” or (my favorite) “Faith and Failure.” You’ll be tempted to scan the table of contents and fast forward to the chapter that you think might offer a quick fix to your personal point of pain at the moment. But don’t. Savor every chocolate in Gray’s box of spiritual wisdom from its beginning to the final chapter “Cease Striving”. That last bit of chocolate will be worth the wait.
I loved this book. As anyone who has tried to follow God while living in a fallen world knows, keeping faith strong can be a challenge at times. I found Gray's insightful, scripturally based, sometimes witty, sometimes poignant observations to be greatly uplifting. If you're currently having faith struggles, have given up on faith, or just want to bolster an already strong faith, read this book.
This book really hit home with me. I sometimes struggle with whether I have enough faith. Am I praying right or hard enough? This author is very helpful. I recommend this book to anyone to just encourage them in their daily walk with Christ! Barbara C. Parks Ellsworth, Kansas
"Finding Faith in Slow Motion" is a beautifully written piece of work where the author shares personal pain in an intimate and honest way in regard to seeking the true meaning of faith as he carefully considers every aspect of his own faithful journey. The work is enhanced by moving accounts of his experiences as well as poignant stories of friends and colleagues where lessons were learned that will benefit the reader. The book is written with great clarity, contains powerful Biblical references revisited and examined in a clear, concise manner that reaffirms what any Christian who ever "questions" knows: "God is with us." The words on the pages are embedded with relevant and interesting historic references. The author is serious, filling the piece with many insights and bits of wisdom, yet writing in a conversational style that is delightfully scattered with much humor and wit. His in-depth examination of the Word of God is a welcomed reassurance for faithful followers of Christ, as well as for those who struggle with their faith. This book would be an excellent tool for Sunday school classes and for discussion groups since the author appreciates and encourages inquiry and debate.
Author Damon J. Gray's book, Finding Faith in Slow Motion is full of ideas on how to explore all levels of faith. As he takes us step by step through our growth in our faith and belief in God. Damon examines faith from many angles and through real life experiences, he asks, "What is Faith?" His writing is both evocative and playful as he leads the reader through the matter of finding faith. I enjoyed reading through this book and how it constantly challenged me to re-examine my own walk with God.
This book really made me think about faith, what it is, and how you find it. Very intellectual and well studied!