Tuesday, March 22, 2016

This is Awkward by Sammy Rhodes


This book easily makes to the TOP 3 books I've read this year (and I've read many) because of the sensitive topics mentioned and because it is so easy to read I finished it in two days flat. 

I first encountered Sammy Rhodes on Twitter after someone mentioned how he was one of those who made serious Christianity a lot funnier with his hilarious tweets. I've not been laughing very hard at any of his recent tweets but his active promotion of his book made me really curious and I preordered it after reading a compelling introduction he put up online. 

Even after a week, this book sticks out on how it bravely deals with topics like how even Christians consume porn, how weight can be a consuming topic and on depression which can consume one so totally there seems to be no way out. 

Out of the three, the first really hits home not because I watch porn, but because in a recent Sunday service in my rather progressive church, as my senior pastor was addressing the topic of porn, he asked the congregation that "if 1 in 3 men consume porn, how many people here did", and then told them not to raise their hands because "nobody wants to know". While this might be a polite Asian gesture - to keep dirty linen to oneself - I think it promotes an unhealthy culture of being unable to freely confess our sins to acquire support that one desperately needs

Check out the following extract which I posted on Instagram:


It is so sad. 

On a happier note, the chapter on weight resonated with me and being the digital millennial that I am, I happily snapped another memorable passage to share my revelation:



Finally, the chapter on depression really got me. Sometimes because of a lack of knowledge on how to deal with depression, Christians just sweep it under the carpet instead of addressing it with grace and sensitivity - at least that's what I've experienced. The author talks candidly about seeing a therapist and I related to that, as I'm seeing one myself, and it really helped to know that I'm not alone in this. 

I would recommend this book to all Christians, especially leaders, in an effort to deal with the difficult topics because if the church is not your refuge and a place where you find support, then where is?

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