I have the privilege of highlighting Steve Hutston and his book In Search of Clarity. I met Steve when I queried him with my own novel. You see, he’s my agent.
A little while ago, Steve asked if anyone would like to review his book. I volunteered. After all, he's read my book, so I should read his. And what better way to get to know a person than to read the things they've written. It was, however a slightly scary thing to do. I mean, what if I don’t like it? It’s non-fiction, something I don’t usually prefer, but I'd give it a shot. He wants me to be honest in my review, so I will. Let me say that I was pleased to have read a thought provoking commentary on our approach to Christianity.
Hutson brings us along with his own spiritual journey as he asks the hard, often unasked questions regarding faith. Questions like, “Why do we do the things we do?”, “Where did our belief in X really come from?”, and “Are those beliefs scriptural beliefs or just a cultural tradition passed through the generations?” (My paraphrasing) Each step of the way, Huston challenges the reader to think through every decision related to their own faith, and he does so in a way that's easy to read, weaving in his own experiences to heighten reader interest.
How many times do we approach our faith with blind eye, not knowing we can’t see? We accept what’s been done in the past and what we’ve been taught in our childhood without examining the reasons behind our actions or traditions. Using Biblical references, Hutson proves how important it is to seek the truth for ourselves. We’ve been given the greatest gift of truth in the Holy Scriptures, yet we often fail to use it to discover that truth or to question our faith.
I believe God wants us to question why we believe what we believe. In my opinion, He doesn’t desire followers who follow only because their parents did, or one who follow the motions without having a close relationship with him. He wants us to ask the hard questions. And He’s ready with the answers if only we’ll seek him.
So thanks to Hutson for this reminder.
Readers, I join Mr. Hutson and challenge you to go on your own search for clarity.