Living by Faith, Dwelling in Doubt
I’m officially an author now. Today marks the release date of my book Living by Faith, Dwelling in Doubt, a reflective memoir about the uncertainty that came to rest at the heart of my religious faith and why I believe this uncertain faith, if not well-suited to everyone, may benefit those struggling to reconcile their belief with their unbelief, their faith with their doubts.
Fair warning: it’s not a book that tells you how I arrived at all the right answers. It’s a story about my struggles to live in a state of questioning and my decisions to hope and love, as best I can, without the surety of what this life is all about. It’s an account of my attempts to make sense of a life shattered by divorce, estrangement, and terrible losses. Mostly it’s about the people I strive to love and my hope that death does not rob my love of its meaning and worth–that love endures and will endure when all that we call life has passed away.
If you’re so inclined, you can get the book from Loyola Press, Amazon, or Barnes & Noble. Some other places have it as well. I have you all to thank, actually, as it was a guest post I wrote here that led to my getting the attention of the publisher. And your feedback over these past couple years has aided me tremendously as I’ve endeavored to think through my doubts and questions.
Congratulations! I had a note on my calendar to buy your book at the beginning of October, and I placed the order this weekend from Amazon. It’s supposed to arrive by Friday. It might be a week or two before I get around to actually reading it, but I look forward to it.Report
Much appreciated, Pierre!Report
Congratulations on your accomplishment, Kyle! I look forward to reading your book.Report
Many thanks, Michelle!Report
Awesome, man. Congratulations. I’m definitely going to check it out.Report
Thank you, Chris. Hope you like it.Report
Congratulations, Kyle! I shall purchase the Kindle version forthwith!Report
A good version, that. Thanks, Burt!Report
Dude, Congrats and I love the title. Will purchase forthwith – just have to decide on the medium.Report
The Dude abides either way. Thanks, man!Report
This one goes on the top of the list.Report
Thank you, Dave.Report
Congrats! I’ll make a point of getting this.Report
Many thanks, Mark!Report
Even though we’ve all known it was coming, seeing that it’s finally here is unbelievably exciting. Be sure to celebrate this evening.Report
Very much so. Thank you, Tod!Report
Dude. I hope the right people find it. Good job doing your part.Report
I just ordered one of the last six copies in stock at Amazon. Normally, an exploration of belief and doubt wouldn’t pull at me much; it feels like something I passed through very long ago, and I came to a different place.
But Kyle wrote this one, and everything he’s written here has made me feel something good; something other than skepticism or dismissal (something atheists get a lot of, and hand out too easily), occasionally something profound. Often, it’s made me happy. Sometimes, it’s made me weep. I do not hold faith in God, yet I hold deep faith in love; and I know that we hold that in common. So by the weekend, I’ll be digging in.
Thank you for the writing you’ve done here that’s fostered room for that digging in; I’m grateful.Report
Just bought kindle version Kyle. I’m excited to read it. And congratulations. Just writing a book is a really huge accomplishment. Getting it published even moreso. Good on ya.Report
I just got the Kindle version.
My faith journey has been pretty winding (a meditation labyrinth could be a good image). With the kids in high school & college, there have been a lot of conversations about how an adult approaches faith and belief. Reconciling my continued commitment to the Catholic Church to the realities of science (not to mention politics) is something I still struggle and question. I expect the conflict will continue all my life.
Congratulations on the book. It’s a huge accomplishment. Thank you for sharing your thoughts and feelings.Report
Congratulations, Kyle. It’s a great achievement, and I’m very happy for you. Don’t get too proud, because we’d hate to see you fall, but do enjoy great satisfaction from this amazing moment.Report