Am I Missing Something? Paperback

Christianity Through the Eyes of a New Believer

by Ruth Roberts

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A Bird's Eye View from Eden

News of the World journalist Ruth Roberts shares her experiences of Christianity as a new believer

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Am I Missing Something?

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In 'Am I Missing Something?', former News of the World journalist Ruth Roberts shares her own experiences - dear, drear and dreadful as a new Christian in a world that she found completely alien – the church. Although the people at the church she joined were generous, welcoming and full of grace she worries that Christians come across as weird, judgmental and out of touch, though she knew these opinions couldn’t be more wrong.

In her book, she looks for the reason that Christians seem unable to shake off a generally negative image. For Ruth, her preconceptions changed when she spent time with church-goers during a sticky time in her life and found acceptance and compassion, rather than judgement. But negative perceptions don’t come from nowhere, and some people have had pretty bad experiences at church.

"If I raise my arms in worship... how do I get them down again?"

Drawn from her regular column published in Christianity magazine, and with additional material, Ruth examines the nature of her new-found belief, and her struggles to reconcile many of her own ideas with those of the church. In this humorous, touching and wholly encouraging model of love, healing, acceptance, grace and holiness she paints a picture of the community of believers which all church members – both the weird and the wonderful, aspire to create.

Am I Missing Something? by Ruth Roberts was published by Authentic in March 2013 and is our 14639th best seller. The ISBN for Am I Missing Something? is 9781780780269.

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It's a weird and puzzling world we enter when we become Christians. Ruth Roberts, a journalist and media worker who at one time was on the staff of The News of the World, found church completely alien. She shares with us her own experiences in the form of 'diary excerpts' and letters to her father.

Entertaining, insightful and poignant,Am I Missing Something? is very honest in revealing the culture clash between Christianity and the secular life. Ruth explores the nature of her new-found belief, and her struggles to reconcile many of her own ideas with that of the church, including the issue of homosexuality. Am I Missing Something? is based on a column which appeared in Christianity magazine, with additional material.
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1 Minority Report
2 Hopes And Fears
3 Hold Tight
4 Making Music
5 Little Children
6 The Lord Reigns

An Interview With The Author


"This book should carry a health warning. It will make you laugh, cry, and could possibly change your life. Ruth Roberts gives an enjoyable and refreshingly honest account of life as a new Christian in a lively evangelical church. Am I Missing Something? isn't down on church. Instead we're encouraged to model the love, healing,acceptance, grace and holiness to which we are called." - Paul Woolley, Executive Director, Bible Society.

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From the Back Cover

'Now I'm on the 'inside', how can I relat to the peple on the 'outside' - to my non-believeing friends and family, my colleagues, the lady on the bench who looks sad...? Should I even be using terms like 'in' and 'out'? After all wasn't Jesus much more concerned with those on the margins?'

RUTH ROBERTS trained as a newspaper reporter in her early twenties and worked for five years at the News of the World. Her 'Ruth Roberts' column ran in Christianity magazine for 3 years and she continues to contribute to it. She is married with 3 children.


Details for Am I Missing Something?

Author / Artist
Book FormatPaperback
PublisherAuthentic (March 2013)
Intro ByRuth Roberts
Number of Pages192
Thickness13 mm
Height198 mm
Width130 mm
Product Code4065794
Page last updated 7th April 2019
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