It is a pleasure to review this book and it is also a chore. It is a pleasure because the book has an insane number of high points worthy of praise; it is a chore because it is a book that defies categorization which makes it difficult to explain. In fact, this is the main reason it has taken me a few weeks to write a review.
With Questions of a Curious Nature, Matt Orth has written a work of fiction that sometimes reads as nonfiction. It Is full of satire, humor, allegory, and brain-stimulating situations and discussions. I could say this is a smart book, but it is more than that; it is a book unlike any other I have read in that it marries topics and ideas which should not go well together in a satisfying and engaging way.
On the surface, the book is about a reporter named Annabelle Farrow and the interviews she conducts with a variety of people – past, present, and…well…unreal (yet who represent very real things and ideas). If you go a little deeper, though, it is about so much more. Faith, hope, fear, hypocrisy, anger, prayer, and worship are just a few of the topics that are discussed and sometimes dissected in a thoughtful and thought-provoking manner.
Another thing I appreciate about this book is the constructive tone Orth takes when it comes to the problems within Christianity and the Church. He doesn’t just condemn and criticize (something that is done frequently and quite poorly, yet often gains a wide readership). He also offers meaningful ways to improve our thinking and doing while not forgetting to mention what the Bride of Christ gets right.
There were times while reading this book that I had to put it down because I was laughing so hard. The chapter titled “Hypocrisy Inside” alone is worth the price of the book. There were also chapters like “Unspoken” that made me cringe because it hit so close to home. And there were a couple of chapters where I wasn’t quite sure what was going on at first until an “a-ha!” moment arrived that caused it all to make perfect sense. There were also a couple of times when I felt like weeping.
If you like to laugh, buy this book. If you like to think, buy this book. If you like to be challenged, by this book. If you like reading books that are hard to put down, buy this book.
No matter the reason…BUY THIS BOOK.
You will be glad that you did.
You can purchase his book from Amazon by going here – http://tinyurl.com/l8huht6
To find out more about the author, Matt Orth, or this book you can visit his website – http://www.lesswithoutyou.com/
And you can follow him on twitter – @lesswithoutyou
Are you going to buy Matt’s book? What book have you read that was the hardest to put down?