Lane, Erin S. Lessons in Belonging: From A Church-Going Commitment Phobe. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2015.
Lessons in Belonging is blunt, raw, and sometimes rambling, but wonderfully insightful and full of wisdom for church-goers and wannabes alike. Erin Lane draws upon her own theological studies and a network of friends and ministers, including her own husband, to understand her need to belong and how to do it. A self-described Millennial and a feminist, Lane utilizes beautiful imagery to describe the complexities of trust and commitment. In less than 200 pages, Lane shares her journey of self-discovery and spiritual growth. Her insights enable her to move beyond her disillusionments with the Church and show her how to be vulnerable. Her perceptions lead her to conclude that the better freedom is found by choosing to live the life in front of her, not in leaving options open. The illusion of individuality is shattered by the reality of entanglements which make community necessary for completeness. We have to belong in order to shape the church so that others will commit as well.
Lessons in Belonging is highly recommended for those of any generation struggling with whether or not to bother with going to church. The book is also recommended for clergy who can utilize Lane’s insight into the minds of the Millennial generation.
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