Let’s Talk About Faith and Doubt

Hi, friends –

So many people are experiencing a crisis of faith these days. We see evidence of it in the 65 million adults in the US alone who have dropped out of religious attendance, with 2.7 million more joining them every year.

Some see this is a problem to be solved. I see it as a growth opportunity to be seized.

Over these last few years, as I’ve poured my heart into my new book, Faith After Doubt, I have had the sense that I was coming to understand some deep core issues I had been digging toward for my whole career.

I feel that we are at a watershed moment now, and if enough of us create spaces for needed conversation, we could have a needed breakthrough that would not only help us as individuals and faith communities, but would also make a positive difference in our world.

The book comes out January 5. Of course, you can order it now.

Normally, I would get out on a speaking tour to help launch a new book, but this time, that’s impossible. So here’s what I’d like to try – with your help, of course.

If you can recruit ten or more friends to order the book and begin reading it, I would like to show up for an an online Q & R session with you.

We can do it via Zoom, Google Hangout, Skype, whatever you prefer. We can do it on a Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday night, or possibly at a different time that we can make work, in January, February, or March. Here’s a simple proposed schedule:

  1. You as host would welcome the group. (It might be good if you could ask in advance 2 or 3 people to come prepared with their first questions.)
  2. To set the stage, I would read a few paragraphs from the chapters we’re focusing on, offer a few ground rules, and then ask, “Who has the first question?”
  3. We would have some question and response for about 40 – 45 minutes. Then I would offer a few closing comments and turn it back to you for a final good-bye. I think we could pack a lot of learning and mutual encouragement into an hour.

If possible, I’d like to go deep in one or two chapters each week. So here’s a rough schedule. Obviously, I’ll be happy to respond to any question … but it would be of special interest to me if we could dig deeper according to the following schedule:

Week of – Focus 

January 5  – Permission to Doubt Preface/Introduction

January 10 – Doubt as Loss, Doubt as Loneliness (1 – 2)

January 17 – Doubt as Crisis, Doubt as Doorway (3-4)

January 24 – Doubt as Growth (5)

January 31 – Doubt as Descent and Dissent (6-7)

February 7 – Doubt as Love, a Human Problem (8-9)

February 14 – Doubt, Beliefs, Revolutionary Love (10)

February 21 – Communities of Harmony (11)

February 28 – Theologies of Harmony (12)

March 7 – Spiritualities of Harmony for the Rising Generation (13)

March 14 – Harmony as a Survival Strategy, A Civilization in Doubt (14-15)

March 21 – Before Simplicity, Spirituality Through the Stages (Appendices)

Are you interested? It’s really easy!

  1. Fill out a quick form here.
  2. You’ll hear back from us within a few days.
  3. Start recruiting!

You might be interested in the Publisher’s Weekly starred review, here. 

Here’s that link again to schedule a virtual visit with your group, class, fellowship, etc.

I’m looking forward to seeing you soon!



PS. We’ve had a lot of interest already, but we still have room to schedule some more, so please let us know if you’re interested ASAP.


Here’s the Table of Contents:

Preface: Permission to Doubt

Introduction: Moments of Terror

Part 1. Your Descent Into Doubt

Chapter 1. Doubt as Loss

Chapter 2. Doubt as Loneliness

Chapter 3. Doubt as Crisis

Chapter 4. Doubt as Doorway

Chapter 5. Doubt as Growth


Part 2. All in Doubt

Chapter 6. Doubt as Descent

Chapter 7. Doubt as Dissent

Chapter 8. Doubt as Love

Chapter 9. A Human Problem

Chapter 10. Doubt, Beliefs, and Revolutionary Love


Part 3. Life After (and With) Doubt

Chapter 11. Communities of Harmony

Chapter 12. Theologies of Harmony

Chapter 13. Spiritualities of Harmony for the Rising Generation

Chapter 14. Harmony as a Survival Strategy

Chapter 15. A Civilization in Doubt

Appendices: Before Simplicity, Spirituality Through the Stages

I look forward to visiting your group!