Michael Camp’s New Book Distills Faith and Fellowship Over Local Brews

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“Confessions of a Bible Thumper,” out June 19, traces author’s spiritual journey from devout evangelical to progressive believer; challenges status quo on modern religious issues

New progressive Christian memoir tracks one evangelical missionary's path to enlightened faith.

Confessions of a Bible Thumper (June 19, 2012)

“Confessions of a Bible Thumper will undoubtedly attract readers from the “emergent church,” progressive Christians, disillusioned religious conservatives, and spiritual-but-not-religious audiences..."

When a former Christian conservative and missionary begins to question his faith, where does he find God? In Author Michael Camp’s case, inside a microbrewery near Seattle, Washington. He’s not imbibing irresponsibly, but rather enjoying Pacific Northwest craft beer, reflecting on his 25-year evangelical sojourn, and talking reasoned theology with friends.

“Confessions of a Bible Thumper: My Homebrewed Quest for a Reasoned Faith” tracks Camp’s story and his nine eye-opening revelations that caused him to rethink an array of conservative doctrines, including paradigms on the Bible, the church, the “end times,” gay and lesbian rights, and salvation.

“One goal was to make biblical-historical research more accessible,” says the author. “By weaving it within a unique story—with threads of youthful lust, comical adventures, and microbrewery scenes—it’s not dry academics but an honest and revealing pilgrimage.”

‘Confessions’ has been endorsed by New York Times bestselling author, Frank Schaeffer (author of Crazy for God), as “an important milestone,” Mel White (author of Religion Gone Bad) as “a provocative and insightful memoir,” Marcus Borg (leading Jesus scholar and author of 21 books) as “an important book for both conservative and progressive Christians,” and by Jessica Maxwell (author of award-winning Roll Around Heaven) as having “all the marks of a spiritual classic.” Camp’s more progressive conclusions (not absolute certainties) promise to both rattle the Religious Right and befuddle the Secular Left.

“Confessions of a Bible Thumper” will undoubtedly attract readers from the “emergent church,” progressive Christians, disillusioned religious conservatives, and spiritual-but-not-religious audiences who want to better understand our modern culture wars. Microbrew enthusiasts will especially appreciate its unapologetic focus on the heavenly craft brews of the Puget Sound area.

To be released June 19, 2012, you can pre-order the book at http://www.confessionsofabiblethumper.com or http://www.michaelcampbooks.com, where you can also follow Camp’s illuminating ruminations on his blog and other social media. Pre-orders will receive a PDF copy of the book.

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