a sassy memoir about coming out of evangelicalism
If you’re happily sitting in church on Sundays and contentedly attending Bible study on Thursdays, you’ll likely hate this book. However, if you doubt and you’re angry, if you’re confused and hurting, if Sundays feel weird and the word “Christian” makes you wince, this book is for you.
As millions exit the church due to its politics and treatment of LGBTQ+ people, Flanery brings us Stumbling: A Sassy Memoir about Coming Out of Evangelicalism, giving us a glimpse into why he and others are leaving and to show us the hope he’s found on the other side.
Flanery drank deep of the evangelical waters: growing up in a megachurch, working as a missionary and pastor, all while wearing a purity ring and Relient K t-shirt. Flanery gave his life to the church, but everything changed once he came out.
Using moving and candid anecdotes, Flanery shares stories of hitchhiking and sex, betrayal and forgiveness, despair and hope, all with a sarcastic-yet-sincere sense of humor that will have you snort laughing about religious trauma. Ultimately, it’s a story of rediscovering and forging oneself post-evangelicalism, inviting you, the reader, to find your own way, a way that’s absolutely not perfect but definitely good. Happy stumbling!
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