In Outlaw Christian, I believe Bussie’s purpose in writing this bookwas to write down what you wanted to come upon, and so she wrote the bookbecause it was everything she would have wanted to come upon and could notfind. She had gained a lot of great wisdom from many great theologians andthought she should share this with the world, she could share what she hadlearned and translate it. I believe Bussie wrote this book for those who areconsumed with the thought of what God’s purpose is for us, to love, and thosewho suffer because they are so consumed with love. Outlaw Christianis about telling the truth, not only to yourself but more importantly to God,especially when the truth can harm. In the event that you do not have all theanswers about faith but just can not keep yourself from asking the questions, Outlaw Christian is just right for you.On the off chance that you watch the news and start to wonder what God couldpossibly be “up to” during these events, OutlawChristian is for you.
OutlawChristian is a book about how genuine faith sets us free to love. Bussieknows far too many Christians who live their lives by unspoken restrictions orlaws that govern “Christian life.” The first law: Never get angry at God;Second law: Never doubt; Third law: Never question; Fourth law: Never tell yourreal story; Fifth law: Always speak in clichés about evil and suffering. Bussiewrites that living a life according to these laws is killing the Christian faith.Outlaw Christian considers arebellious alternative through honesty and gives her readers practicalstrategies to help them achieve many things. Bussie tackles impossible politicalquestions without choosing a side and successfully speaks to both liberal andconservative Christians in a way that serves to unite them rather than divide.
Bussie provides a different way to handle impossible questions of life in aworld that seems like its falling apart but one that God will never abandon. Bussie is exhausted from the worn-out clichés thatChristians toss around when confronted with difficult times for which there arenot really any answers, none that they would accept anyway. Bussie knows,having been raised up in a family that either did not discuss their agony orused some of the same clichés Bussie so dislikes. Inevitably, she began breakingthe “unwritten laws” of supposedly how Christians are expected to talk andbehave, and found that there were in fact, great models for doing the same in scripture.People were angry with God, they grieved and questioned and sat with each otheras they poured out all their feelings, giving them the opportunity to be completelyand utterly honest, and giving the one blessing they had, being with the.
Bussie’sfirst law is that we should not get angry with God which is almost impossibleto do. We only get angry with those we care about and I believe thatindifference is far more dangerous. The second law is to never doubt becauseChristians tend to think of it as the opposite of faith but doubt is just apart of life and especially faith, but doubt drives us to action. The third lawis to not question but scriptures are drowning in questions. The fourth law isto always speak in clichés about evil and argues that we do not need God todefend us because he does not require us to. The fifth law is to never tellyour real story because Christians tend to see vulnerability as a weakness. Bussiedoes not end with her strategical steps but instead concludes by discussingwith the readers how this intense authenticity with God and ourselves can fosterreal hope.
She exposes the falsehood of hopelessness and how through the stepswe can create hope. I have to confess, I was prepared fora book of millennial clichés that in the conclusion, I would have the samereaction to every book a professor forces me to read. Instead, I found myselfenchanted by writing that was energetic about truth, determined in confronting life’shardest substances, and that squeezed through torment to ponder. Bussie is bothsmooth and abrasive and I can see why people say that she is the only personwho tells them the truth about anything.
She is powerless herself, as shedepicts the difficult journey of losing her mother to early onset Alzheimer’s.Her own readiness to ridicule the clichés welcomes us into a more profoundexperience with God that can be both irate and truly love, can question andhowever accept, can confront unspeakable fiendish without giving up ongoodness, can address and cling to God, and can uncover our trash and howeverknow we are profoundly cherished. This is a book that I wish I had read muchsooner. I have spent so many years following these unwritten laws and spoutingthe clichés that even I hate, that only hurt others and my own soul. I amgrateful for Bussie’s voice that is helping a new generation break free.