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When it comes to suffering, there are two kinds of people in this world…
Those who say, “Crap happens,” and those who cry out, “Why is this crap happening to me?
“Turn that crap into fertilizer” was Sarahbeth Caplin’s father’s twist on the expression, “When life hands you lemons, make lemonade.” That line became a running joke between the two of them during his final months of life, as he rapidly deteriorated from cancer. David Caplin’s death prompted Beth to reevaluate everything she thought she knew about why we suffer, if God cares, and why He seems to intervene for some people who pray for healing…but not for everyone.
At some point, it occurred to Beth how many Christians seem to pray to be spared from pain, when perhaps it would be beneficial to also pray for the tools with which to face it. Drawing inspiration from her Jewish heritage, Beth explores the ways in which unexplained pain, disappointments, and losses can be used for redemptive purposes…if we are willing to entertain the possibility.
Confessions of a Prodigal Daughter, an Amazon bestseller in the Personal Growth and Episcopalian Christianity categories, is now expanded!
“I can’t overstate how important this book is, especially for those of us from a heritage of Protestant Christianity who really don’t know anything different…If you’re looking for a challenging read about faith identity, I highly recommend Confessions.” –Lydia Thomas
“Sarahbeth is keenly observant and her honesty is unwavering, whether she’s talking about her first god being her hair, her first kiss, or the suicide death of a friend.” –Amazon review
“[Confessions] is a powerful story of a young woman’s controversial spiritual journey, documenting her struggle for acceptance by her family, friends, and society as a whole. It is a much needed reminder not to judge others, because you never know the whole story.” –Christine Hillebrand
“I would recommend this book to anyone who is questioning his or her faith. Ms. Caplin is open and honest, and her only agenda is to tell her own story and to try to inspire others to open themselves up to seeking God – even if that might mean some personal challenges.” –Amazon review
“[Caplin] begins with a preview of being found out by her family while in a hotel room, before rewinding to her earliest memory of Christianity. The anticipation of returning to that hotel scene kept me turning the pages.” –Mark Edward
An Amazon bestseller in the Essays category
“Sarahbeth has a unique voice, but her story is one that will resonate with many people. She’s been through a lot – fundamentalist college ministry, rape, losing her father to cancer – and she’s held onto her faith that refuses to pick a shelf in the religion section of Barnes and Noble. Sarahbeth’s insistence on telling her own heroically ordinary story rather than snapping into predictable, manufactured tropes makes her memoir a rich and beautiful journey. Each chapter had me asking questions that I would love to raise in the context of a church small group.” –Morgan Guyton, author of How Jesus Saves the World from Us
“In Things You Can’t Un-see, Sarahbeth Caplin confronts topics that are far too often glossed over or swept under the rug. Sharing her experience with issues like sexual assault, the #MeToo campaign, and the state of our country during our current presidency, she speaks with honesty to subjects that others try to erase. If you can relate to any of the above topics, you will find yourself within the pages of Sarahbeth’s essays.” -Amber Cantorna, author of Refocusing My Family
“I am all kinds of emotional after reading this book. The author speaks openly about her upbringing, heartbreak, struggles, and personal victories. It seriously moved me in a way I can’t describe. I HIGHLY recommend it.” –Allison J. Kennedy, author of the Rain Trilogy
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