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Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite
Transforming Faith: Stories of Change from a Lifelong Spiritual Seeker by Fred Howard takes readers on a journey of the author's initial stages of being involved with the Baptist Church where church suppers, Sunday school socials and retreats formed part of his religious life. His involvement with the Baptist Church at that phase in his life gave him a sense of being comfortable in a space where everyone around him was predictable when it came to their religious beliefs. The book slowly moves in the direction of how the author gets out of a religious period in life and finally achieves a sense of exaltation by moving towards spirituality.
We see the author sharing his perspective with readers, questioning a lot of things that are at times beyond reasoning. The explanation of the various stages of faith from Adopted Faith to Individuating Faith to finally Holistic Faith is quite informative and reiterates the fact that every individual is on their spiritual journey and God works through everyone. The author handles the topic with elan, making his observations and views simple yet profound. The book needs a couple of readings to understand the profundity of the writer's thoughts. Readers get answers to a lot of questions regarding life and its importance, the meaning of life, how faith can enhance the quality of our lives and many more relevant answers. The author's tips on transforming faith to a more progressive phase is indeed enlightening.