Death to Deconstruction
Reclaiming Faithfulness as an Act of Rebellion
Do you get the feeling that the most popular trend in faith circles is to abandon faith altogether? Are you wooed by the voices inviting you to deconstruct Christianity? If you're tempted to leave the faith of your youth, you're part of a growing crowd. But if you're questioning the questions, you're not alone either. Joshua Porter has been there and back again. Now he's sharing the rollercoaster story of deconstruction in his characteristically thoughtful--and unconventional--voice. Buckle in and get ready for a ride that will both take your breath away and restore your heart.
"A heart-wrenchingly honest account from someone who deconstructed and returned to tell the tale. This lived experience ensures that this book is a compassionate guide for those wrestling with their faith--faith that has been warped by the American culture, dented by doubt, and hurt by hypocrisy."
--Mark Sayers, author of Reappearing Church and A Non-Anxious Presence
"Deliciously dark, blisteringly honest, and funny . . . Like the best art, this book will provoke, not placate; ruffle your feathers, not soothe them; work you up, not calm you down."
--John Mark Comer, New York Times best-selling author of The Ruthless Elimination of Hurry and Live No Lies
"One thing we need a lot more of in our current moment is wise, thoughtful, and pastoral voices stepping into the main conversations we are all having. Josh is one of those voices and this book is one of those conversations."
--Jefferson Bethke, New York Times best-selling author of To Hell with the Hustle
"Josh writes as an insider, a wrestler with God, church, life, all of it--which makes his voice not just unique but credible. If you're going on a journey through your own deconstruction you need a credible guide . . . [Josh] will lead you to the real Jesus who is more radical, more rebellious, more tolerant and unwavering than popular podcast personalities dare to have you believe. If you want Jesus and not an off-ramp from faith, read this book."
--Rick McKinley, author of Faith for This Moment and This Beautiful Mess
Joshua S. Porter is pastor of teaching and creative vision at Van City Church in Vancouver, Washington. He is also a former member of the experimental art-punk band, Showbread, and the author of the novel Punk Rock Vs. the Lizard People. Find out more and connect with Joshua at joshuasporter.com.
John Mark Comer is the founding pastor of Bridgetown Church in Portland, Oregon, the director and teacher of Practicing the Way, and the bestselling author of The Ruthless Elimination of Hurry and four previous books.