I have no idea how to review Sin Boldly (Amazon link). I found the book when it was offered for free on kindle earlier this year. I had not heard of the author, but after looking I realized I had read some of her columns (she is a newspaper religion reporter in Chicago.)
I am a bit down on Christian memoirs right now. Not really for any good reason, but because I am a bit bored with them. This book was good, the author went to Wheaton College and graduated the spring before I entered. She continues to live in Chicago, I lived there for 11 years after I graduated from Wheaton. We both seem to be mildly politically liberal. I did not read anything that I really disagreed with. Many of the essay were quite good. But it just did not grab me. I spent about three or four weeks reading this off and on. The time is not that unusual for me. I often spend a couple weeks reading a book, but I often read 5 to 10 at a time. I like to have some time for books to digest, so I move on to another book and then come back to it later. My issue is that I just don’t know what it was that I did not engage with. I do not want to put off the book for anyone.
I do have one random comment. Falsani used the word “effluvia” three or four times. I have never heard the word before and used my handy-dandy kindle dictionary. It means “an unpleasant smell or exhalation, as of gaseous waste or decaying matter”. One sentence was, “We talked about the mundane effluvia of life for a while, and then…” I do find it interesting when I run across words I do not know. And I really like the kindle dictionary when I find them.
The author has another book The Dude Abides (the gospel according to the Coen brothers) that I also picked up free and plan on reading. Hopefully I will find that one a bit more engaging.
There is also a audio version on christianaudio. I didn’t listen to it so I can’t give recommendations to the audio quality.