“The more you get to know God, the more you get to know yourself in all your awkwardness; and the more you get to know yourself, the more you get to know God in all His grace and mercy.”
This week seems to be the memoir week of reviews, but the good news is they have been fabulous and This is Awkward is no different. Vulnerable, honest, refreshing, and meant to encourage the reader and it does just that.
Don’t waste your awkwardness.
One of the saddest realities of life is that the things we need to talk about the most, we tend to talk about the least—from bouts with depression to sexual struggles to parent-wounds that never seem to heal. Raise these issues out loud, and wait for the awkward silence. But those awkward moments are precisely where we find connection with God and one another.
In This is Awkward, Sammy Rhodes talks directly, honestly, and hilariously (because sometimes we need to laugh) about the most painfully uncomfortable subjects in our lives. In chapters like “Parents Are a Gift (You Can’t Return Them)” and “D is for Depression,” he boldly goes where most of us fear to tread, revealing that we can be liberated by the embrace of a God who knows the most shameful things about us and loves us all the same. Because nothing is too awkward for God.
“We will never risk vulnerability unless we believe in the kind of grace that says you are loved where you are, not where you’ve been pretending to be.”
Like I mentioned early, I wasn’t expecting this book to as vulnerable as it is. Sammy is 100% open, vulnerable and honest. I loved that. I don’t think authors, speakers, bloggers, etc., know the full extent the ripples reach when sharing their story. God uses these things far more than we can imagine.
He also quotes C.S. Lewis often, so things can’t go wrong when you include Jack.
“[God] knows us at our worse yet loves us at His best.”
Throughout the book, there are several journal type entries. While I’m maybe not 100% on board with them, they didn’t ruin the experience either. They’re almost like the commercials during your favorite show. Some funny, some thoughtful. They give you a moment to digest what you’ve been reading and understand the author more (which in a memoir like this, is important), but when you’re really into your show, you don’t always want to be stopped. Not sure if that helps or confuses y’all, but it was different, so I thought worth mentioning! Or maybe I’m thinking too much about The Walking Dead season finale (no, I haven’t recovered) 🙂
Also, this line cracked me up because I have 100% thought this:
“Sometimes the church talks about singleness as if it were similar to being chosen for HufflePuff by the Magic Sorting Hat in Harry Potter.”
P.S. I completely agree with your thoughts on LOST, Sammy. I still haven’t recovered from the treacherous ending.
Do y’all follow Sammy on Twitter? What are some of your recent memoir finds?
(Thank you to BookLook Bloggers for a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review)