by Dina Sleiman
Those of you who are faithful Inkettes should know by now that Saturday is book review day at Inkwell Inspirations. However, what you don’t know, is that we’ve had some interesting conversations going on behind the scenes this week. Here are some of the questions we’ve been asking. Should authors be book reviewers? Isn’t that like a chef being a food critic? Should Christians write bad reviews about books penned by fellow believers? If we don’t, how can we expect anyone to trust us or take us seriously? Should we rename them Promos or Book Recommendations? Dare we use the “f” word: favorite? Won’t that hurt the feelings of our other author friends? Come back on Monday when our newest Inky, Narelle Atkins, will expound on this subject.
By the time I finished the first chapter of Sailing Between the Stars: Musings on the Mysteries of Faith, I knew I had found a treasure. Once I came to the end, I realized I had discovered a new favorite nonfiction book, which I would cherish and read over and over again. However it wasn’t until I witnessed the way it had the wheels spinning in the mind of my teenaged daughter that I fully understood the power and scope of this exquisite work.
Steven James is a master storyteller, and through his simple yet profound tales, he provides startling insights into the wonder and mystery of God. This interwoven collection of personal stories, reflections, and poems will have you laughing and crying. It will challenge and provoke you toward a deeper relationship with God. The book covers some of the most complex yet basic paradoxes of our faith. From pint-sized strippers who eat q-tips, to joy on the front of his pants, to literally sailing through a pool of stars, James will entertain and delight you while illuminating timeless truths and facing some of life’s toughest issues.
The subtitle of this book, Musings on the Mysteries of Faith, says it all. Unlike typical Christian nonfiction, this book does not attempt to give absolute answers. Rather, it is an exploration into subjects of faith that will spark your mind and spirit to come to their own rich conclusions. This new style of postmodern nonfiction made famous by authors like Donald Miller and Anne Lamott is by far my favorite variety. But for me, Steven James tops them all with his depth of spiritual understanding. I will read this book again and again searching out every nugget of truth.
I adore the way James weaves poetry into his book. As I’ve mentioned before, poetry is far too often a lost art in our contemporary culture. As a trained poet myself, I must confess that he does occasionally mix his metaphors, but in the most enlightening sort of way, tying them into the mystery and grandeur of God. The poems are written in an open, inviting manner that provides raw and honest peeks into his soul and his own struggles.
Some say imitation is the highest form of flattery, or even the truest form of critique. This book inspired me to do something I never imagined attempting: pen my own work of postmodern nonfiction. I wrote the first draft in six days based largely on the inspiration I received while reading Sailing Between the Stars. Yes, laundry and cooking (not to mention sleeping and bathing) were put on the side for a week. This stunning collection had my mind working on overdrive. So without a doubt, I was more inspired and changed by Sailing Between the Stars than by any other single book I have ever read.
Simply put, Sailing Between the Stars will enrich and beautify your life. What better recommendation can I give it than that?
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