Falsani Series

On and off for the next week or so, I will comment on my favorite quotes from a book that I just read: Cathleen Falsani’s Sin Boldly: A Field Guide for Grace (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2008).

Falsani is an award-winning religion writer for the Chicago Sun-Times. She went to Wheaton College, and she’s an evangelical, though she appears to be rather liberal on political issues. She calls herself a “freelance Christian,” which somewhat resonates with me, a “sort-of” evangelical (loosely speaking) who has major, big-time problems with organized religion. And her book has endorsements from Lee Strobel, Jim Wallis, Tony Campolo, and Brian McLaren. But not only do evangelical celebrities like it. So does Rabbi Irwin Kula, president of the National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership.

The book has plenty of good quotes that can help a lot of people, but I don’t want to focus here on a lot of people. I want to comment on what’s important to me! Consequently, I only plan to comment on the quotes that I found especially meaningful–to me personally. There are six quotes that particularly stand out to me. I’ll divide them according to the following titles: (1.) Elvis, (2.) just love people, (3.) holding the Torah like it’s a baby, (4.) God got me through, but the scars are still there, (5.) goodness, and (6.) God speaks.

I’ll start with “Elvis” sometime this week. Stay tuned!

About jamesbradfordpate

My name is James Pate. This blog is about my journey. I read books. I watch movies and TV shows. I go to church. I try to find meaning. And, when I can’t do that, I just talk about stuff that I find interesting. I have degrees in fields of religious studies. I have an M.Phil. in the History of Biblical Interpretation from Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati, Ohio. I also have an M.A. in Hebrew Bible from Jewish Theological Seminary, an M.Div. from Harvard Divinity School, and a B.A. from DePauw University.
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2 Responses to Falsani Series

  1. Byker Bob says:

    Aw, this is awesome, James! I describe myself as a freelance Christian, too! I think one almost has to be that, if for no other reason, to avoid denominational bias and the all too prevalent extrabiblical teachings that are nearly ubiquitous in Christendom.

    To me, the church, or body of Christ consists of that group of persons who have accepted Jesus Christ and consider themselves to be His disciples. That body is not limited to a corporate church group, denomination, or building. It’s God’s Kingdom on Earth, right now, as we prepare ourselves for Jesus’ return. We’re all part of the divine conspiracy that Jesus has set up to reconcile humanity with Father God, like the mustard seed, or the leaven that He spoke about in His parables about the Kingdom.

    Can’t wait to read more on Cathleen!



  2. James Pate says:

    You may enjoy the book, Byker Bob, if you haven’t read it already. I just thought of one more quote from it that really resonated with me.


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