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Reviewed by Ruffina Oserio for Readers' Favorite
Theological Adventures with Rocco by John West is a spiritual odyssey filled with surprising questions about God, faith, and the relationship between God and man. Rocco is a house painter, a newly “confirmed Christian,” about twenty years old, and described as confused and confusing. Rocco questions everything, from the myth of the creation to the reality of heaven, life on other planets, the works of Jesus and his role in salvation, to controversial issues like abortion, and a lot more. Earl is a Methodist Minister who studied at divinity school and who finds Rocco’s questions challenging, at times annoying. But can he be the light the young man is seeking and can they find understanding in this never-ending dialogue of faith, spirituality, and humanity?
John West’s book is thought-provoking and will make some readers uneasy. While it doesn’t come across as endorsing a specific religious doctrine, the book articulates some of the important questions that have troubled many Christians and believers. It is a book about searching. I loved Rocco, an ordinary man who wants to rationalize his faith. It is written in the first-person narrative voice and explores the perspective of a religious man confronted with questions that test his own faith. Theological Adventures with Rocco is an interesting book and I found a lot of me in Rocco. I loved the style, the conversations, and how the personality of Rocco comes across in the writing. It is interesting and thought-provoking. Most importantly, this book contains questions that are stored in the subconscious minds of many readers and answers that will surprise them.