In Outlaw Christian, I believe Bussie’s purpose in writing this book
was to write down what you wanted to come upon, and so she wrote the book
because it was everything she would have wanted to come upon and could not
find. She had gained a lot of great wisdom from many great theologians and
thought she should share this with the world, she could share what she had
learned and translate it. I believe Bussie wrote this book for those who are
consumed with the thought of what God’s purpose is for us, to love, and those
who suffer because they are so consumed with love.
is about telling the truth, not only to yourself but more importantly to God,
especially when the truth can harm. In the event that you do not have all the
answers about faith but just can not keep yourself from asking the questions, Outlaw Christian is just right for you.
On the off chance that you watch the news and start to wonder what God could
possibly be “up to” during these events, Outlaw
Christian is for you. Outlaw
Christian is a book about how genuine faith sets us free to love. Bussie
knows far too many Christians who live their lives by unspoken restrictions or
laws that govern “Christian life.” The first law: Never get angry at God;
Second law: Never doubt; Third law: Never question; Fourth law: Never tell your
real story; Fifth law: Always speak in clichés about evil and suffering. Bussie
writes that living a life according to these laws is killing the Christian faith.
Outlaw Christian considers a
rebellious alternative through honesty and gives her readers practical
strategies to help them achieve many things. Bussie tackles impossible political
questions without choosing a side and successfully speaks to both liberal and
conservative Christians in a way that serves to unite them rather than divide.
Bussie provides a different way to handle impossible questions of life in a
world that seems like its falling apart but one that God will never abandon.
Bussie is exhausted from the worn-out clichés that
Christians toss around when confronted with difficult times for which there are
not really any answers, none that they would accept anyway. Bussie knows,
having been raised up in a family that either did not discuss their agony or
used some of the same clichés Bussie so dislikes. Inevitably, she began breaking
the “unwritten laws” of supposedly how Christians are expected to talk and
behave, and found that there were in fact, great models for doing the same in scripture.
People were angry with God, they grieved and questioned and sat with each other
as they poured out all their feelings, giving them the opportunity to be completely
and utterly honest, and giving the one blessing they had, being with the.
first law is that we should not get angry with God which is almost impossible
to do. We only get angry with those we care about and I believe that
indifference is far more dangerous. The second law is to never doubt because
Christians tend to think of it as the opposite of faith but doubt is just a
part of life and especially faith, but doubt drives us to action. The third law
is to not question but scriptures are drowning in questions. The fourth law is
to always speak in clichés about evil and argues that we do not need God to
defend us because he does not require us to. The fifth law is to never tell
your real story because Christians tend to see vulnerability as a weakness. Bussie
does not end with her strategical steps but instead concludes by discussing
with the readers how this intense authenticity with God and ourselves can foster
real hope. She exposes the falsehood of hopelessness and how through the steps
we can create hope.
I have to confess, I was prepared for
a book of millennial clichés that in the conclusion, I would have the same
reaction to every book a professor forces me to read. Instead, I found myself
enchanted by writing that was energetic about truth, determined in confronting life’s
hardest substances, and that squeezed through torment to ponder. Bussie is both
smooth and abrasive and I can see why people say that she is the only person
who tells them the truth about anything. She is powerless herself, as she
depicts the difficult journey of losing her mother to early onset Alzheimer’s.
Her own readiness to ridicule the clichés welcomes us into a more profound
experience with God that can be both irate and truly love, can question and
however accept, can confront unspeakable fiendish without giving up on
goodness, can address and cling to God, and can uncover our trash and however
know we are profoundly cherished. This is a book that I wish I had read much
sooner. I have spent so many years following these unwritten laws and spouting
the clichés that even I hate, that only hurt others and my own soul. I am
grateful for Bussie’s voice that is helping a new generation break free.