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Misfit Faith

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 About Misfit Faith:
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The co-host of the popular podcast, Drunk Ex-Pastors, offers an earnest and irreverent look at what it means to be a Christian in an upside down world.
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“Perhaps failing at faith is an ironic success, since disaster is where grace happens.”  – Jason Stellman
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Jason Stellman has always felt like a misfit. A Protestant pastor with a sharp wit, a restlessly inquisitive mind, and a love of pop culture and rock and roll, he has long sensed that something was missing when it came to his relationship with God. In time, he felt drawn to the Catholic Church, so he stepped down from his ministry and embraced Catholicism, only to still feel misplaced and homeless.
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His feelings, thoughts, and troubles echo the disillusionment and confusion of many people who struggle relating to ancient faiths in a postmodern world.
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In a book that mixes memoir with theological insights and taut storytelling, Stellman gives an edgy, honest, heart-on-his-sleeve account of what it means to be a mixed-up Christian outsider in the twenty-first century (and why this is a can be good thing). Misfit Faith is an invitation to all the religious vagabonds and exiles with nowhere to really call home, those wanderers who increasingly feel like mere fans of spirituality rather than committed members of the team.
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If you’ve ever questioned your faith, felt like a spiritual malcontent, or sought solace for your existential angst at the bottom of a bottle of bourbon, then Stellman just may be the best drinking buddy you’ve never met.
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Advance Praise for Misfit Faith:
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“Jason Stellman’s Misfit Faith is like a Johnny Cash album for the spiritual book world. He snarls, laughs, and cries as he tells us about the strange signposts along his own spiritual journey. And in doing so, he leads us to the God who tells the story of His love through the rituals of creation and the Catholic Church. In the end, he dares you to find your own strange, bizarre, and rebel faith. Count me in as one of the misfits.” —Jonathan Ryan, author, blogger, and co-founder of Sick Pilgrim

“An ex-pastor walks into confession. . . and out comes this drunk miracle of a book. Deeply thoughtful and compulsively readable.” —Peter Kispert, McSweeney’s contributor

“Stellman’s book puts to bed the myth that conversion means an end to questions, doubts, and confusion. His words are a balm to those of us who find our faith journeys resemble the art of MC Escher, with stairways to nowhere and doors that open only onto more doors. But his words are hopeful too. In the Catholic Church he seems to have found a faith wide and deep enough to humble, hold, and challenge him–all while letting him be the misfit that he is.” —Jessica Mesman Griffith, coauthor of Love & Salt: A Spiritual Friendship Shared in Letters

“Jason Stellman offers a brilliant paradigm shift in our understanding of ‘The Man Upstairs’ and how we fit into his scheme of things. With a unique writing style that is, by turns, rim-shot witty and tear-jerking poignant, Stellman unravels perplexingly dichotomous aspects of spirituality—religion vs. secularism; divinity vs. humanity; retribution vs. redemption; sacred weakness vs. sacred strength; fulfillment vs. suffering; love vs. law—alternately tapping into studied wisdom and real-life experience in reconciling these age-old debates.”—Maura Poston Zagrans, author of Camerado, I Give You My Hand and Miracles Every Day

“If mindfully sipped, this book can leave you sitting in the glow of a Love you might not have known before.” —Seth Taylor, author of Feels Like Redemption