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This Is Awkward

How Life's Uncomfortable Moments Open the Door to Intimacy and Connection

This book can be downloaded and read in Apple Books on your Mac or iOS device.


Don’t waste your awkwardness.

The most difficult subjects in our lives are also the ones that we find most uncomfortable to talk about: divorce, body image, sexuality, pornography, or depression. Our awkward silence reveals the gap that exists between what we are and what we know we should be. But God loves those awkward moments, Sammy Rhodes argues, because they are precisely where we find connection with God and one another.

In This Is Awkward, Rhodes talks directly, honestly, hilariously about the most painfully uncomfortable subjects in our lives. In chapters like “Parents Are a Gift (You Can’t Return Them)” and “The Porn in My Side,” he boldly goes where most of us fear to tread, revealing that we can be liberated by the embrace of a God who knows the most shameful things about us and loves us all the same. Because nothing is too awkward for God.

From Publishers Weekly

Dec 14, 2015 – Awkward moments are cheerfully repurposed in this wry book of observations and advice from Rhodes, campus minister with Reformed University Fellowship at the University of South Carolina. A mix of anxiety, depression, pop culture, humor, and theology infuses this delightful text. Rhodes shares many of his own personal anecdotes in cringeworthy and often sidesplitting fashion, relating parenting mishaps, his no-divorce policy, the "porn in my side," and a no "side-hugging Jesus" lifestyle. In each acerbic chapter, Rhodes digs deep into life's trials and troubles and helps point the way out of the rubble of heartache. His work aims to take the pressure off of the awkward experiences (and the emotional responses they invoke) that seem to be everywhere. Readers will get more than they bargained for in this feel-good book that's written for times when life doesn't feel good at all.

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This Is Awkward = This Is Great

This Is Awkward is great book that includes a most excellent combination of jokes, pop culture references and Jesus. Sammy is authentic despite discussing topics that are uncomfortable to discuss. I appreciated his vulnerability. His vulnerability helped me give myself permission to be vulnerable as well, which I believe is what he set out to do with his book. It is great. Buy it!

This Is Awkward
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  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Christianity
  • Published: Mar 01, 2016
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson
  • Print Length: 224 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: This book can only be viewed on an iOS device with Apple Books on iOS 12 or later, iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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