New Nonfiction: Unapologetic – Francis Spufford

This one’s a bit of a “crash” to use an industry term. That is to say, we announced it and sold it to stores on a very short timeline, the reason being that the U.K. edition of this manifesto made quite an impression and we want to build on the buzz.

This isn’t a book about whether or not Christianity is “true”—it’s witty, energetic and even profane argument that Christianity satisfies. It makes the lives of those who believe more meaningful. Does it matter that Spufford himself was once an atheist? I don’t know. But it does give his argument a certain extra force. As the editor says, “[T]his is a book for believers who are fed up with being patronized [and] for non-believers curious about how faith can possibly work in the twenty-first century.”

You can get the sense of the energy of the read from these U.K. reviews:

“… a remarkable book, which is passionate, challenging, tumultuously articulate, and armed with anger to a degree unusual in works of Christian piety.” —Sunday Times

“A subtle, witty, clever writer.” -Observer

“This is a wonderful, effortlessly brilliant book.” –Evening Standard

“The point… is to show those on the fence that belief need not mean the abandonment of intelligence, wit, emotional honesty. In this, Francis Spufford succeeds to an exceptional degree.” – Times Literary Supplement

U.S. reviews are shaping up nicely, too:

“Spufford’s defense of Christianity is as unique as it is refreshing.…With unrelenting passion and honesty throughout, this book successfully accomplishes what it sets out to achieve—namely, making the case for the intelligibility and dignity of Christian faith.”
   — Booklist

Unapologetic rhymes with splenetic, and that’s one aspect of British writer Spufford’s rhetorical tour de force….God, he asserts, is the ground of being, experienced emotionally, as one might experience Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto. Having moved the boundaries of the argument, Spufford has at it, swearing, skewering, and bringing a sense of humor to bear on the question, ‘Why bother to be Christian?’”
Publishers Weekly

Unapologetic: Why, Despite Everything, Christianity Can Still Make Surprising Emotional Sense (9780062300454) by Francis Spufford. $25.99 hardcover. 10/15/13 hardcover.

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