Welcome to Out of Eden. This is an attempt to document my journey through religious deconstruction starting on day one. Join me, Sam Morse, as I attempt to finally figure out what I believe in by asking the difficult questions regarding my childhood fundamentalist Christian faith. Listen as I wander the no-mans-land that is agnostic uncertainty.

Reading Plan

Reading Plan

Reading Plan

by Sam Morse

As I have been podcasting and blogging more often, my usual guest hosts have often left me with more and more books that they highly recommend reading. Now for someone who absolutely loves expanding his mind and discovering new ideas, I am almost certainly the worst reader that I am aware of in my tiny world of human compatriots. It is one of my worst skills, for a couple of reasons: 

1. I will almost always fall asleep after about three pages (thank you Dad for that apparently inherited trait).  

2. My subconscious mind is almost fully determined that I detest reading more than broccoli; that is only until I actually sit down to read, and my conscious brain kicks in to remind how much I deeply enjoy it.  

The more I have been forcing myself to sit down and read, however, the more I have been enjoying writing for this very blog. So how can I help fuel my new joy for writing while also improving my reading habits at the same time? The answer seems to clearly point towards writing about what I am reading. This accomplishes a couple other things I have wanted to do along this journey. It allows to me first and foremost to continue to document my path into deconstruction and it gives me a platform to promote the books (and their talented authors) that are helping me along the way. 

So, as a reader you have the choice of either seeing what I gleamed from the chapter and how it has affected my thinking, or possibly you could read the book along with me and contribute your opinion in the comment section. More and more I am drawn to building this project into a community of people excited to ask questions and dive deeper into their spirituality.  

The first book atop the daunting mountain of literature before me will be “The Uncontrolling Love of God” by Thomas Jay Oord. I will either make a post for each chapter I read; or possibly multiple chapters if I am exceedingly motivated to read faster than I am anticipating. 

I send out thanks to all who have joined this journey so far and I look forward to hearing from all of you. 

No matter what you believe in or who you believe in, let us all continue to strive to love one another. 

My Reading: The Uncontrolling Love of God - Chapter One

My Reading: The Uncontrolling Love of God - Chapter One

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