Last week I shared 6 tips for surviving your deconstruction. I don’t think this is a journey that ought to be done alone. But sometimes you don’t have too many people around you who are willing to engage in a lengthy, philosophical conversation about whether or not God is actually as violent as the Old Testament appears to suggest. Below are a range of resources, broken into topics that really helped me.

Like I mentioned in last week’s post, I don’t think it necessarily matters so much where you ‘land’ on different issues. But what a wonderful thing that people look at complex issues in a variety of different ways! And if one perspective on one aspect of faith seems completely unviable to you….you certainly don’t have to flush your whole faith! In fact, if your whole faith hinges on how you interpret one particular aspect of theology…that faith is pretty vulnerable to crumbling at some point! On the other hand if you can understand that different perspectives exist, I think you can maintain the good and beautiful essence of your faith while allowing a healthy flexibility and curiosity on a number of things people come to different views on.

THE LIST BELOW…is obviously limited. And will always be evolving. It’s not a definitive list. But these were all helpful resources for me. And I hope some of them may be for you too.

Is there a book/podcast/resource that has helped you in your evolving faith journey? Share it in the comments; it might be just what someone else needs to engage with.

Model’s for thinking about faith development: 

Fowler’s Stages of Faith.
Just Google this. If you haven’t ever thought of faith in developmental stages this is seriously helpful stuff.
There’s plenty of good stuff out there, but here is a helpful starting place: 

Richard Rohr’s ‘order, disorder, reorder’ 
Similar to the above, Rohr gives a great overview of different stages of faith that we move through. If you’re on this website, there’s a good chance you’ve experienced or are experiencing some level of ‘disorder.’ It’s not the end of the road. It’s one part of an ongoing cycle. Read more through this link.


On evolving faith, doubt and rediscovering faith 

The Sin of Certainty, Peter Enns 

Out of Sorts, Sarah Bessie

The Most Beautiful thing I’ve Seen, Lisa Gungor 

On the Bible and how we should engage with it

Inspired, Rachel Held Evans 

The Bible Tells Me So, Peter Enns 

How the Bible Actually Works, Peter Enns 

What is the Bible?, Rob Bell 

On atonement theory/wrath/angry Dad God 

Sinners in the Hands of a Loving God, Brian Zahnd 

A more Christlike God, a More Beautiful Gospel, Bradley Jersak 

The Day the Revolution Began, N.T.Wright

On sexuality/queer inclusion 

The Gospel of Inclusion, Brandan Robertson 

On hell and salvation 

Her Gates Will Never Be Shut, Bradley Jersak

That All Shall Be Saved, David Bentley Hart 

On the Church 

Everywhere you Look, Tim Soerens

Pastrix, Nadia Bolz Weber

A Generous Orthodoxy, Brian McLaren 

The Church as Movement, JR Woodward & Dan White Jr.

On faith in practice 

The Deeply Formed Life, Rich Villas

The Spirit of the Disciplines, Dallas Willard

The Ruthless Elimination of Hurry, John Mark Comer 


You Have Permission Podcast 

Some stand-out episodes that have helped me: 

  • To Change Your Mind (Healing Prayer) — Thomas J Oord 
  • To Think Seriously about (Biblical) Patriarchy — Carolyn Custis James 
  • To Be Gay Affirming 
  • To Question the Canaanite Conquest & Divine Violence 
  • The Argument for Universal Salvation 
  • The Cosmic/Universal Christ 

Pastor with No Answers 

The Bible for Normal People 


This website from Sarey Martin Concepcion and Dan Koch is absolutely fantastic. And has far lengthier lists of helpful resources. It is absolutely worth your time, perhaps more than anything else in this list:

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