BY JENNIFER NOWELL
We Need to Talk: God Speaks to a Modern Girl. By Susan Brinkman, Liguori, $16.95, PB.
This is a short, quirky, and fun look at the author’s journey back to the faith she was born into but never really took seriously when she was young. She is currently a member of the Third Order of Discalced Carmelites (secular), but at the start of the book she is a divorced pro-abortion feminist who believes the Church is anti-women and unrealistic in its moral prescriptions.
Brinkman and a friend dabbled in New Age practices, which they thought ‘exciting’ compared with Catholicism, which was rejected as ‘been there, done that’, in their search for something to give meaning to their lives.
When she read a New Age book that claimed to be based on the sayings of Jesus, she decided to pick up a Bible and see what it actually said. This was a real turning point for her, as she started turning to the Bible regularly, and was amazed to read things that related to her own life.
We Need to Talk: God Speaks to a Modern Girl (Kairos)