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Out Into the Desert


Format: Paperback, Electronic
Authors: Karl Forehand, Laura Forehand
Category: Spirituality
Published: August 15, 2022


Sometimes, when we begin to question our faith or have doubts about our tradition it can feel like we are wandering out into the desert. When we take a step back and honestly evaluate organized religion in the 21st century, many times it doesn't make any sense. The more we cling to it and try to save it, the worse it becomes. In addition, widespread abuse, cover ups and victim-shaming causes some of us to question whether it will ever be right again.

Out Into the Desert is an honest survey of Western Christianity, along with Karl and Laura's personal story as they journeyed through 20-plus years of ministry. Let the Forehands be your guide as they examine these questions and more ...

  • Is it okay to take some time off from religion and do this assessment?
  • Are there things we can't see because we're too close?
  • Where else can we find community?
  • Is it possible to thrive outside of organized religion?
  • If Jesus were physically here, would he go to church?


A guide for the reconstructing

"Karl and Laura Forehand have published a beautiful and readable account of their move from full time ministry in the Southern Baptist tradition to a larger and more generous engagement with life and their view of the Divine. If you are starting to dip your toe in thoughts that have you wondering if there is more to community, god, faith, and meaning than what you have simply known as church and organized forms of Christianity, this book is for you! The Forehands invite you into their experiences and stories and offer practical advice with a vulnerability and pastoral heart that only comes by living through something like this and coming out the other side. Their accounts of their life, ministry, and faith are authentic without trauma dumping. They share lovingly and with an aim to provide a way through and out for those who have been broken by the trauma they have experienced in various church communities and expressions of Christianity in their lives. If you are wondering if there is life and god after years of devotion to a certain construct of it all, then this book is for you."

— Maria Francesca French