Monday, March 30, 2015

The Archeology of Faith: A Personal Exploration of How We Come to Believe by Louis J. Cameli

I am fascinated by how each of us finds our faith. I wanted to read this book to learn how to unpack my faith history but what I found was so much more than this. I have the privilege of previewing the Archeology of Faith. The author can trace his faith history back 2500 years. Not many people can say this or imagine how this can help define who we are today. My history is a bit spottier than this when it comes to faith. There is a parallel history of Christianity and the author’s personal family history unpacked in each chapter. Archeology of Faith is divided into three parts. The first part of the book is the author’s personal account of his faith, through exploration of his genealogy. Although the definition of faith can be elusive, Cameli, analyzes what is faith and what is an honest faith in contrast to a distorted faith. The second part of the book is an in-depth explanation of faith as the interaction between us and God in our response to his call in faith. The third part of the book is concentrated on four biblical accounts of faith. Specifically discussed in the latter part of the book, is Nicodemus, the Samaritan woman at the well, Martha and Thomas. This is my favorite part of the book. I thoroughly enjoyed the discussion of the faith of these biblical figures and how we can see ourselves in their stories. I would have loved even more of these stories from the bible explained. This gave me more appreciation of the depth of knowledge and scripture perspective of the author. I would definitely recommend this book to you. It will help you to look beyond yourself regarding your faith. It’s been said we inherit our faith; this book opens the reader up to this idea and makes it worth exploring. Although this book is written by a priest, I think all Christians would find this book thought provoking. This deeply spiritual book will take the reader on a faith journey, looking at many different aspects of what makes faith meaningful to us all.

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