Lessons in Belonging from a Church-Going Commitment Phobe

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5.4 X 8.1 X 0.6 inches | 0.55 pounds

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About the Author

Lane is an experienced communication strategist for authors and organizations and writes at Holy Hellions for those "faithful rebels" who question the culture of sexism, stereotypes and Sunday School answers without losing hope in the God who reconciles all things.

Parker J. Palmer, a popular speaker and educator, is also the author of The Active Life. He received the 1993 award for Outstanding Service to Higher Education from the Council of Independent Colleges.


"Lane offers a mix of memoir, self-examination, cultural analysis, scriptural reflection, and an outline of church basics for the uninitiated . . . vignettes of her husband, mother, friends, acquaintances, and strangers from various stages of life provide storytelling relief."--Publishers Weekly, December 8, 2014
"Lane's honest approach to communicating with disenfranchised Christians can revolutionize the body of Christ inside and outside of church. . . . Lane's tone is both rebellious and gentle, inspiring and loving. This excellent read offers multigenerational change and the possibility of several follow-up books that might ultimately start a new genre."--Michelle Lovato, CBA Retailers + Resources, January 2015
"In further wrestling with the nature and practice of church, Erin Lane challenges us to imagine a faith in which belonging is just as important as believing. This will be another excellent resource for those who are struggling with church."--C. Christopher Smith, Relevant Magazine, January 16, 2015
"With earnest persistence, Erin practiced the hard (and often surprising) lessons of community. Her story is an invitation to reclaim God's promise of inclusion and live like we belong to one another."--The Light Magazine, February 2015
"Lane has an interesting way of blending essayistic writing into her memoir. . . . Readers of Anne Lamott and other younger Christian writers may enjoy Lane's book; it will appeal strongly to the individual seeker."--Graham Christian, Library Journal, April 10, 2015
"Lane wants to help millennials and those who love them to understand the real countercultural impulse of the church: the permission it gives--indeed, the command it speaks--to 'start from the ground of our true being, a humanity fragile and flawed and dusty from the wrestling.' This message ought to be a refreshing one, especially for the hard-charging generation to which Lane belongs. But it also offers relief and rest and rescue to all churchgoers who long for more, regardless of how we label ourselves."--Anne Blue Wills, Christian Century, December 23, 2015