Transforming Faith

Stories of Change from a Lifelong Spiritual Seeker

Non-Fiction - Religion/Philosophy
242 Pages
Reviewed on 03/22/2015
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Author Biography

Born and raised in Macon, Georgia, Fred Howard is an ordained minister by the Christian Universalist Association and is currently the minister of the Unitarian Church of Valdosta, Georgia. He graduated in 2006 from Candler School of Theology at Emory in Atlanta and spent a year in the Clinical Pastoral Education program at Emory Hospital. Prior to that, he attended Valdosta State College and the Medical College of Georgia, and practiced medicine for twenty years.

Active in his church and community, Howard is married to Kathy Riggins Howard and lives in Valdosta. They have three grown children, Mandy, Misty, and Dustin, and six grandchildren.

    Book Review

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.