Jason J. Stellman – Misfit Faith: Confessions of a Drunk Ex-Pastor

Jason Stellman, raised in the Southern California evangelical Christian congregations emphasizing being ready for the Rapture, rejecting secular music, and demonizing other denominations and faiths, and so on. A black and white version of Christianity. As a Protestant pastor, he worked in the States and Europe. His religious house of cards tumbled down, but instead of ridiculizing all things Christian or turning to atheism or agnosticism, he found relief in the Roman Catholic Church to rebuild his faith bottom up as broken vessel bearing eternal truths, a misfit in his own words.

In Misfit Faith: Confessions of a Drunk Ex-Pastor, a memoir and revised theological point of view combined, Stellman is as sharp and raw as in his podcast series Drunk Ex-Pastors. Using numerous quotes from G.K. Chesterton, C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, movies and family life, the author elaborates the biblical ideas of grace perfecting nature and God’s loving fatherhood. Illustrations to support Jesus Christ’s position as God, son of God the Father, and part of the Trinity. Stellman explores the role of the Mosaic law, the concepts of sin, heaven and hell, redemption and restoration as children of God.

He’s bold, confronts his readers with the worst and ugliest stories shared to defend the Christian faith, as well as the deeper meaning of Eucharist and importance of Christ’s resurrection from the grave. Like the father running to his prodigal son, Misfit Faith is an altar call to all sheep wandering around looking for a shepherd and trying to hear his voice.

About the author
Jason Stellman, cohost of the podcast Drunk Ex-Pastors, is a Southern California native and transplant to Seattle who wishes he still lived in Europe. He served as a missionary with Calvary Chapel of Costa Mesa in Uganda (’91-’92) and in Hungary (’94-2000). Ordained In the Presbyterian Church in America, he was called to plant Exile Presbyterian Church in the Seattle area where he served from 2004-2012. In September 2012, he was received into the Catholic Church. He drinks and questions his faith regularly.

I received a free review copy from Penguin Random House, the publisher, via Bloggingforbooks and Edelweiss in exchange for my personal, unbiased review upon reading.