Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Spiritual Misfit {Book Review}

My friend Michelle DeRusha’s new book Spiritual Misfit: A Memoir of Uneasy Faith releases today. Yay! J

After meeting Michelle last year at the Jumping Tandem Retreat, and hearing her speak, I knew I wanted to read this book. In fact, I was watching for the release date. So, when I heard she was looking for a team who would read the book ahead of time and help get the word out, I was quick to volunteer.

But let me tell you…I’m not recommending this book because she asked me to. 

I’m recommending Spiritual Misfit because It. Is. Good.

Michelle’s story—her faith journey—is heartfelt. It’s real. It’s raw. And…it’s funny. Laugh out loud funny.

And just when I thought I was reading someone else’s story…I felt a tug at my own heart—a reminder of God’s love for me. A reminder that God’s grace is for everyone.

Everyone’s faith journey looks different. For some, faith isn’t even a question. For others, there is doubt and wonder, questions and searching. For Michelle, her journey includes 20 years of unbelief.
I denied God for decades. I turned away, refused his love, refused to acknowledge his very existence. And what did he do in return? God forgave me. And like that one lost sheep in one hundred, he did not cease his pursuit of me until I was safe in his loving embrace. – Michelle DeRusha, Spiritual Misfit (pg. 214)
Spiritual Misfit is not a how-to book. It is one woman’s personal experience. It’s a story, I believe, God will use to capture someone else’s attention. Because that’s how God works.
Many of the people I met in the Bible, including the disciples themselves, turned out to be ordinary humans—flawed, fallible, and struggling. Yet through these ordinary people and despite their many imperfections, God accomplished great things. – Michelle DeRusha, Spiritual Misfit (pg. 118)
Flawed, struggling, questioning people…like you and me. If that makes you nervous, you’re not alone. 

But if God is leading…then He’s already preparing the way.

For more information about Spiritual Misfit: A Memoir of Uneasy Faith, visit Michelle DeRusha at MichelleDeRusha.com.

You can also find Spiritual Misfit here:

In Christ,


  1. Great review. I felt the same way you did as I read Spiritual Misfit - that tug at my own heart. People are gonna love this book aren't they?

  2. Such a beautiful review, Laura - I am so grateful to have met you in real life and have gotten to know you a bit more these last few weeks. Thank you for everything you've done to help get the word out about the book - and thank you for your encouragement and support!


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