4 out of 4 stars
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Louis W. Accola is a writer who is recognized nationwide for his books and research on leaders and members of the church. He is also a preacher and the national director of parish development for the former American Lutheran Church. He has a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree from Luther College in Decorah and Luther Seminary at St. Paul, Minnesota, respectively.
In Accola’s Feelings and Faith, he talks about some human feelings like doubt, anxiety, guilt, and so on and how they have some important purposes in our lives. For example, anxiety can be the motivation a person needs to study for an exam or create something innovative. Also, doubt can point out a certain problem or danger that shouldn’t be ignored, so we shouldn’t completely dismiss our doubts. These feelings are natural gifts from God, meaning that they were put in us by God on purpose. Even anger can be good since it can aid interpersonal and intrapersonal understanding, resolution, and healing.
My favorite part was how he highlighted scenarios where Jesus expressed some of the feelings I mentioned earlier. For example, in the book of John, Jesus was angry when he saw how people turned his father’s house into a market. He also expressed doubt before his crucifixion. With each page I turned, I agreed more with Accola and understood what he was saying better. His arguments are logical and well presented. He wrote brilliantly and managed to avoid excessive explanations and digression. I also like that the book is just under 150 pages, making it a quick read. The author began each chapter with a Bible verse and then used it as a sort of case study to drive home his points. I thought this was a nice touch since he was reflecting on feelings in relation to faith.
I disliked nothing about this book. My reading experience was fluid, and I learned a lot from reading it. Despite stumbling upon a few errors, I still believe that a professional edited this book because of how organized it is. You can also tell that the author has some experience writing.
I rate this book 4 out of 4 stars because it was interesting, insightful, and well put together. My reading experience was great, and I did not find it too complex or difficult to understand. I recommend this book to people over the age of 16 who are interested in understanding their feelings in relation to the Christian faith. Individuals who are interested in religion and human relations or bible studies might also find the book insightful as well.
Feelings and Faith
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