The View from Here
eBook (PDF), 115 Pages
A Story of Finding Faith Despite the Church
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Oct 15, 2009"The View From Here" This review is from http://deconstructivethoughtpost.blogspot.com/2006/09/church-blocking-path.html He tries to win me over right away by mentioning me in his Acknowledgements section. I’ll try to stay objective though and make this an honest review. As someone who’s known Paul for a few years now, I was delighted to get my hands on the book. I’ve been aware of Paul’s potential as an engaging author for some time. Just talking to this guy about anything gets you thinking for days. I’m a theospeak.net addict. This is Paul’s story. The book begins with the September 11th terrorist attacks and documents how other important events have affected his faith journey. The books narrative is mostly linear with some asides and personal lessons. Though Paul is capable of complex prose, he keeps it fairly light and natural. In fact I was surprised to find direct quotes of things he’d said to me in conversations as far back as a year ago. Now, this isn’t a bad... More > thing. It may limit his audience somewhat, but his choice of language comes across naturally modest (as apposed to bloated and arrogant.) Paul and his family have been through a lot. Most of the anecdotes came as no surprise, but they did help to shed light on the choices he has made. You see, Paul is not a blind follower. He’s a critical thinker. Generally, It seems as though people would rather lump “intellectuals” into the know-it-all category rather than consider what they have to say. Paul is not a know-it-all, though he knows a hell of a lot. Paul loves people. The View from Here is not an inaccurate portrayal of his intentions in this regard. Unfortunately (or fortunately) the book will not be able to grace the shelves of Christian bookstores. Touching on topics such as homosexual marriage and the glaring weaknesses of modern churchianity, (and swearing to boot), this is not a light-hearted read. However, those who are fed up with the bureaucracy of church (like myself), will be encouraged. This book is for those who want Jesus in their lives, not just empty filler and busyness. Here are a few quotes that really stuck out for me: “I think it is interesting that every new church that comes along feels like they need to have a building to be a real church. Saskatoon is a fairly small city, but everywhere you look in this town there are churches. Church buildings that are underused, sucking up the donations of their congregations for mortgages and staff so that any hope they could have of using their money to help others is gone. When the United States went to the moon, one of the first things they did was stick an American flag on it. When a mountain climber gets to the top of a mountain the first thing she’ll do is stick some kind of flag or marker on it showing that she was there. Why do they do this? Marking your territory is a sign of conquest. Like the dog that pisses on every fire hydrant and tree that he passes, churches want to claim their own conquest. They buy land and put up buildings they can’t afford in the name of marking their territory.” ---- “The worst part about the gay marriage debate is that western Christianity became so embroiled in it that we were unable to do anything else. While we were laying awake nights worrying about two grown men being able to marry each other, millions of people in Africa and other parts of the world died from violence, malnutrition, and other preventable causes. Where is the outcry from our pulpits about this?” ---- “…I have yet to hear one sermon dedicated to how much God likes you. Stop and think about this for a second. Do you think it’s possible that God likes you? Most of us would probably have a hard time answering that question. We’ve all been conditioned by the church to be a little ashamed of ourselves and our many sins. God really does like you.”< Less
Sep 14, 2006"The View from Here review" Paul Connors is an excellent writer. Paul Connors is very charismatic. However, these are not reasons to read his book. The Christian life has become a very difficult one to lead, because it requires fellowship with other people who call themselves Christians, but think they have the right to judge prospective members of their church based on their own very narrow views of what a Christian should be, or even on hearsay and innuendo. These same "Christians" ignore the true gospel of grace and forgiveness; they forget that the Saviour broke bread with prostitutes and tax collectors. They forget that each and every one of us had to be saved, which is why God sent His only Son to die on a cross for us. When I started back on my path with Jesus Christ, Paul was very inspirational to me. I have always been caught up in the dogma and pageantry of organized religion, and in feeling like everything I am and have ever done has been wrong. But I... More > never read books on religion, I never thought about how my faith would grow, and I gave up way too easily whenever I encountered resistance. Thanks to Paul's example and encouragement, I am now more likely to be reading about spiritual matters than literature and sports, I have found fellowship and friendship with people of many different denominations, and, most importantly, I think about my Christian walk very profoundly as a loving relationship which grows every day, not as a building. Paul's writing style, much like his life, will cut you to the bone: though it flows well, you will not be able to read it all in one sitting, even if you aren't a character in the book. But, you will be richer for having read it, just as all who have ever met him will say they are richer for having known him. Before you get the impression that I have been drinking his Kool-Aid, let me tell you he can be a real jackass as well; but, then again, I'm allowed to, since I am his brother. Paul Connors is a rebel with a cause. You will not agree with everything he does or everything he says, but everything he does is honest and guided by love, and specifically the love of God. I am very proud of him, even if he had the temerity to get something of his published before I did. Pat Connors< Less
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