"There’s something about courting the darkness that makes some people see the truth in raw, twisted ways, as though they were shining a black light on life to illuminate the absurdity of it all….
I am not the only one who sees the underside and God at the same time. There are lots of us, and we are at home in the biblical stories of antiheroes and people who don’t get it; beloved prostitutes and rough fishermen. How different from that cast of characters could a manic-depressive alcoholic comic be?
It was here in the midst of my own community of underside dwellers that I couldn’t help but begin to see the Gospel, the life-changing reality that God is not far off, but here among the brokenness of our lives. And having seen it, I couldn’t help but point it out. For reasons I’ll never quite understand, I realized that I had been called to proclaim the Gospel from the place where I am, and proclaim where I am from the Gospel.”
I am loving the honesty in this book. I love how she deals with her depression and cynicism without wearing it like a badge of honor - I don’t think people understand how annoying that is. Why does it look and sound so unlike church and ministry, when it correctly portrays the messy and painful reality of grappling with faith. Why do we try to be so damn classy all the time. I can’t stand it.