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The Sentimental Non-Believer

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The Sentimental Non-Believer is my story of a life of faith, the lament of religious trauma, the disillusionment that can set in when the ground gives way beneath us. It’s about loving and leaving God. Spoiler alert, it has a beautiful ending.

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The Sentimental Non-Believer is my story of a life of faith, the lament of religious trauma, the disillusionment that can set in when the ground gives way beneath us. It’s about loving and leaving God. Spoiler alert, it has a beautiful ending.

5 reviews for The Sentimental Non-Believer

  1. Rev Radhika Sukamar-White (verified owner)

    Reading this felt like sacred space. Jane writes with such authenticity, vulnerability, and gentle prophecy, modelling the quote she offers by Cole Arthur Riley, that ‘lament itself is a form of hope.’ Reading this was balm for the soul.

  2. Susan Sohn (verified owner)

    Jane started down the path of deconstruction before it was even a thing. To say it scared me is a gross understatement. How could she question what we knew to be real and right and ‘the way’? I was afraid of the slippery slope she was on and cautioned her and (of course) prayed for her. Fast forward all these years, and I’m proud to say that she was one of the brave ones who took the path less travelled and started to ask questions that mattered. In her eloquent and gentle way, she poked and prodded, and knew when and how to engage.
    Jane is a trailblazer; she has somehow managed to put language around things that we all were too scared to name. These words have become healing in the deepest parts, which is true to who she is, a beautiful healing force on the earth.
    Thanks for being brave, my friend. I am forever in your corner and always have my pom poms strapped to my wrists cheering for you.

  3. Tanya Riches (verified owner)

    Globally there is an undoubted shift in religious and spiritual practice. Jane’s story is yet another marker, and another evidence of a growing post-Pentecostal Australian community. Listening to these narratives as they are told is of importance to researchers trying to make sense of the landscape, as well as those of faith who intend to continue in their practice, those innovating and developing new hybrid spiritual practices in online/offline space, and those who seek solidarity as they exit.
    Jane’s vision of an embodied way forward to process the theologies, communities and individuals who form us via story, is welcome for all these groups

  4. Liz Milani (verified owner)

    Through The Sentimental Non-believer, Jane weaves a story many of us have experienced but haven’t had the language, or the support, to tell ourselves. I found myself laughing, crying, sighing with relief across the pages… and cringing – it graciously reminded me who I used to be and allowed me to journey with that me all the way through to who I am now.
    Jane’s humour is sharp and dry, and the way she recounts her memories made me connect with my own. First the gentle cringe, then the compassion, then the freedom, as Jane leads us well on a journey of hope after faith. This story is a must read, a good friend, and a light to the feet of us for whom faith darkened the way.

  5. C (verified owner)

    Thank you Jane. I read your eBook. Deeply moved … still processing … grateful xx

    • Jane Kennedy (verified owner)

      I’m so glad it resonated : )

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