I just read one of the most blunt theology books I’ve ever picked up. This was sent to me by a friend of mine with a terminal illness. (Aren’t they all? Sorry, I’ve got to joke about this a little because it’s the first time in my life I’ve had a friend dying slowly. Walked through this situation many times with people as pastor, but it’s been weird and frustrating and hurtful to have this happen to a good friend.)

As you can see in the photo, the book is called How To Pray When You’re Pissed at God. And what I appreciated about this book is that it looks at many of the prayers in the Bible that we’re too afraid to quote or share much with others because they seem so harsh—accusing God of not showing up, not being there, or even forsaking us.

The author is an ordained pastor who hosts a radio show as well. I appreciated his conversational style and stories of being with people as a chaplain when times were really hard. The book has a collection of “prayers of anger” he wrote, rewording Psalms from the Bible into modern language.

It’s a quick read—a small book and only 170 pages. I’d recommend it if your prayer life is stuck or you feel it’s inappropriate to actually tell God how you really feel. Which is pretty funny to type, because God knows more how we feel than we know how we feel. Whenever we aren’t fully honest in our prayers, it’s almost like we’re lying to ourselves.

Lord Jesus, help me to express the full range of my thoughts and emotions to you. Thank you for both knowing me so well and inviting me to be this honest and direct with you, Amen.