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Jason Boyett's 'O Me of Little Faith'

The Pocket Guide writer uses doubt for a specific purpose: to deepen faith in God.

O Me of Little Faith: True Confessions of a Spiritual Weakling(Zondervan) is the story of Jason Boyett and—probably—of just about everyone who has pursued faith in the midst of uncertainty.

Boyett, a writer, speaker, and marketing professional, has dotted the Christian literary landscape with his Pocket Guide series, which are like CliffsNotes for big topics like "the afterlife" and "sainthood." Boyett's work has also appeared in Salon, Paste, and Relevant Magazine among others.

Unlike Boyett's previous work, which provides informational overviews, O Me of Little Faith is a foray into Boyett's personal life. The story begins with Jason voluntarily taking off his "happy Christian mask" and admitting that he sometimes wonders "if maybe, just maybe we've made the whole [faith in God] thing up." Jason hopes this confession will help doubting readers identify with him and join him in allowing their doubts to fuel their search for God rather than to abandon faith.

He includes refreshingly human stories, stripped of excessive spiritual gloss, about his five-foot, 70-pound framed high-school self struggling to hoist a bench press bar in the weight room. He uses the metaphor of a stack of turtles for the presuppositions on which faith rests. There are even some accounts of him trying to but never actually speaking in tongues.

All of the real-life anecdotes give Boyett a little more credibility, nurturing a familiarity with readers, so that he can delve into religious terms that ...

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