“English Lessons: The Crooked Path of Growing Toward Faith” by Andrea Lucado
Published: May 2nd 2017 by Waterbrook Press.
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Andrea Lucado shares the experiences she had while studying in England, completely apart from home and all things familiar to her. During this season, her faith was tested in ways she wouldn’t have thought in order to prove its authenticity.
What a profound yet enjoyable book!
I had been looking forward to reading this since I knew about it. Andrea Lucado’s writing style is amazing, so real and faithful to the truth at the same time.
The author’s experiences connected so much with some of my own, especially those regarding doubts and the struggle of being a witness of Jesus in midst of them.
In my walk with God, there was a time in my life when I could not allow myself to speak about my conflicts with faith. I was ashamed of it. However, through the pages of this book I could see a person that dared to be completely honest about it, and that helped me in ways I can’t describe. It was so liberating to learn that I’m not alone.
I realized that there are others who’ve been through the same kinds of hardships I’ve experienced, and they found a way in God to grow in the middle of them, and sometimes because of them.
It also amazed me that in this book you won’t find final answers. You will encounter lots of questions and real attempts to solve them, but there won’t be a true sense of closure in any aspect, and I think that’s intentional. You won’t find complete answers because the author herself doesn’t have them; we’re all in a journey learning little by little. There is no way we will have everything figured out on this side of Heaven.
It’s a very good book, I enjoyed it a lot, and especially the beginning brought healing to my soul. I’ll be forever grateful for that.
**I received a copy of this book from WaterBrook & Multnomah through Edelweiss+ in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own**
+ “Growing up, no matter when growing up happens, requires shedding layers. Especially when it comes to growing more mature in faith.”
+ “You are giving away parts of your very self … in order to believe in the God who actually is.”
+ “… though the doubt had been painful at times, the faith underneath was indeed proving more durable.”
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Andrea Lucado is a freelance writer based in Nashville, Tennessee. The daughter of bestselling author and pastor Max Lucado, she has always been obsessed with words and their arrangement. She has a Master’s in English Literature from Oxford-Brookes University and contributes regularly to online and print publications such as Relevant Magazine and She Reads Truth. When she is not conducting interviews or writing stories, you can find her laughing with friends at a coffee shop or running the hills of Nashville.