To My Friend Who Left the Faith: A Letter to a Prodigal from a Prodigal
Wade Bearden and his friend met and grew up at church. After high school, they parted ways. Wade’s friend left the faith. Wade stayed—only to wrestle with his own questions about Christianity.
Does doubt have a place in church?
How do I know that Christianity is true?
If God is so good, why do some Christians act so terrible?
How can a good God allow so much pain and suffering?
An powerful and timely look at what it means to lose faith, and then find it again, Wade Bearden writes a letter to his friend about some of Christianity's biggest questions. To My Friend Who Left the Faith is an absorbing memoir that "takes readers on a hilarious and moving journey through doubt, suffering, and the power of faith" (Mark Batterson).
This is his letter to a friend who left the faith.
Plot/Idea: 8 out of 10
Originality: 9 out of 10
Prose: 8 out of 10
Character/Execution: 8 out of 10
Overall: 8.25 out of 10
Plot: Bearden mixes his personal experiences, faith, and knowledge of Christianity to help readers grapple with tough questions. With a light touch, he honestly addresses skepticism and doubt while urging readers to find the strength to maintain faith even when it may seem unsustainable.
Prose: Bearden’s thoughtful and intentional tone rings true. The writing is genuine and charming, while Bearden’s ideas and experiences are enlightening and conversational.
Originality: Writing this manuscript as a letter is an effective technique. It makes the reader feel as though the advice is personalized and intimate.
Character/Execution: Bearden creates a story that is accessible and relatable. Whether for private reading or discussion within a church group, there's much to value in the author's exploration of faith, doubt, and inner healing.
Date Submitted: December 08, 2022