I have been a fan and “Friend of the Show” for The Popcast hosted by Knox McCoy and Jamie Golden for several years now– basically anything they endorse or recommend, I check out. In my fandom of the popcast, I came to realize that Knox McCoy and I are personality twins (in terms of the enneagram and Myers-Briggs), so when he started writing nonfiction I was HERE. FOR. IT. Let me tell you, I have never read anything so relatable in my entire life. If you want to know what I’m talking about, go read my review for his first book here, where I rant and rave and blab about my entire life and history.
I loved this book! I read McCoy’s first book (The Wondering Years) when it came out, but I think it’s even possible that this exceeds the first. There is a cohesion between the three sections of the book that I felt really created a logical connection throughout the work. Knox McCoy’s writing is down-to-earth, and his commentary (i.e., the footnotes) had an honesty that made them a fun addition instead of a pain to read (as footnotes can often be). The cohesion and commentary were fantastic, but what will make this a fan for nearly any reader of nonfiction is the relatability of the text and the material it covers. Many people have had complicated interactions and experiences with faith, something McCoy is candid and thorough about in his book. In addition to that, he seamlessly incorporates questions of pop culture and life experience in his reconsiderations. This is a great contemporary nonfiction piece.
I look forward to coming back to this review after publication in June and adding a few of my favorite quotes, because let me tell you, THERE ARE SO MANY HIGHLIGHT-ABLE MOMENTS. This is a really good book, everyone. You should read it when it comes out, or better yet, preorder and get the ebook as an added bonus right now!
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