I found this book riveting and fascinating. Veteran journalist William Lobdell was in his early twenties when he became a born-again Christian. At the time, few reporters were interested in the religion beat – a topic regarded as an antiquated arena for fading journalists. Lobdell had a vision for this position however, and landing it became a powerful calling. He prayed and waited years for the opportunity. Then it happened in 1998. The Los Angeles Times hired him for the job and he felt his prayers were finally answered.
For eight years he travelled extensively, looking for inspirational stories in all walks of life, as well as interviewing some of the world’s most prominent religious leaders. However, he continually found disturbing discrepancies between the tenets of the various faiths, and the actual behaviour of the faithful and their leaders. Eventually, he let go of his faith and surprisingly, found more peace in “the truth.” This book is not a defence of atheism using hard science, instead it is a passionate, spiritual journey full of revelations – a must read for anyone grappling with all the hard questions.