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Losing My Religion How I Lost My Faith Reporting on Religion in America - And Found Unexpected Peace

ISBN-10: 0061626813
ISBN-13: 9780061626814
Edition: 2008
Authors: William Lobdell
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Description: When editors at the Los Angeles Times assigned Lobdell to the religion beat, he believed God had answered his prayers. As a serious Christian, he wanted to report objectively and respectfully about how belief shapes people's lives. But something  More...

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List price: $25.99
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 2/24/2009
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 304
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 0.990
Language: English

When editors at the Los Angeles Times assigned Lobdell to the religion beat, he believed God had answered his prayers. As a serious Christian, he wanted to report objectively and respectfully about how belief shapes people's lives. But something very different happened. Slowly his reporting drifted to the paradoxes of religion--how can Mormons believe their own scripture? How can Christians?--and soon to the underbelly of religion: why do so many churches become corrupt? Why does faith drive people to refuse to accept criticism or questions, and even to demonize apostates? Each story chipped away at his faith. Eight years later, after intense encounters with believers of all sizes and shapes, he realized that his faith in God was gone. Losing My Religion takes readers on a profound journey from agnosticism, to a born-again conversion, to a roller-coaster of extremes of the spirit--and ultimately to a new, deeply satisfying form of contentment without God. This courageous memoir speaks both to the doubts of believers and the yearnings of doubters.

William Lobdell has been a journalist for 25 years, winning many state and national awards. In 2008 he left the Los Angeles Times after a long tenure. He is on the visiting faculty at the University of California, Irvine. He is married with four boys.

"You Need God"
Born Again
A God Thing
Answered Prayers
Shot Out of a Cannon
My Ten Commandments
Father Hollywood
A Spiritual Body Blow
The Golden Rule
Millstones Around Their Necks
A Gentle Whisper Silenced
"Rebuild My Church"
Heal Thyself
The Dark Night of the Soul
At the Edge of the Earth
Letting Go of God
One Story Too Many
"Welcome to the Edge"
Epilogue
Index

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