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Chrysalis: Faith in an Emerging Culture

Chrysalis: Faith in an Emerging Culture

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Have you ever felt that the very things that once inspired and nurtured your faith now seem lifeless and perhaps even frustrating?

Christians often find their faith metamorphosing and do not know how to handle the troubling changes. Using the life cycle of a butterfly as a metaphor Alan Jamieson helps readers to see that radical changes need not mean the death of personal faith. Instead he helps us to embrace them as part of a positive, Christian, Spirit-led journey with God.




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Weight 0.182 kg
Dimensions 21.6 × 14 × 0.7 cm


  1. I don’t know if a butterfly can remember what it feels like to be inside a chrysalis but I can certainly remember what the early years of my ongoing, spiritual transformation felt like.

    For long stretches of time my experience felt dark and uncomfortable with little prospect of change. When the sources of spiritual sustenance I had relied on for years ceased to have meaning and I found myself filled with angry, frustrated and painful questions, it was very hard to make sense of the journey. I wish I had had this little book then.

    Anyone who has read Alan Jamieson’s earlier work A Churchless Faith will know that he is good at metaphor. In Chrysalis he uses the life cycle of the Monarch butterfly to illustrate the process of spiritual transformation towards maturity in faith. Drawing on his experience as a fellow traveller, a pastor and a sociologist of faith, he makes sense of the painful dismantling and rebuilding of faith that has to happen to each of us if we are to grow into our own skins and become the persons God truly made us to be.

    This is a book for those on that journey of faith. It is also a resource for those who walk alongside others as they travel through the dark, tough places of the spiritual life. It is a hopeful and compassionate book, an easy read but full of profound insights. It helped me articulate where my spiritual journey has been taking me but, more importantly, why I have been there and what it is achieving. The chrysalis stage does not last forever: for those who hang in there, eventually the butterfly emerges. Read this and take heart.
    Review by Judith Maskery

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