Books

Undistorted GodRay’s new book, Undistorted God: Reclaiming Faith Despite the Cultural Noise (Abingdon), can be found at:

Parnassus Books

Cokesbury

Barnes & Noble

Amazon

About the book, theologian Tex Sample says: “Do not miss this wonderfully written, theologically informed book that speaks directly to our time with a gripping angle of vision and a thoughtful call to engagement. As I read it, I resented every interruption that took me away from the next thing Ray Waddle had to say.”

Becca Stevens: “Ray Waddle’s poetic theology paints the world in all the beautiful details that love demands. His work reminds us how to keep what’s essential, get rid of clutter, and find the exquisite permanence of faith.  I love his writing, his heart, and his unflinching desire to seek truth without cynicism.  He is a gift.”

David Dark: “For Ray Waddle, religion is the living compendium of all the ways we try to defy chaos and deploy what we have in the way of poetry and conscience, whether we do it badly or beautifully. In Undistorted God, he calls us to stay in touch, our only hope as it turns out, and to consider again the rich, communal resources we have for accessing sanity and wisdom. With an enlivening wit and an intensely clear eye, he helps us to see our faith communities as gatherings of “wised-up counterculturalism” and worship as “regularly scheduled provocation.” In an age of everything all of the time, God knows we desperately need both.”

Nora Gallagher: “What I like about Ray Waddle’s work is his unerring eye for poetry. And this book is like a poem, or a room suddenly cleared of clutter so you can see its fine, clean bones. Thank you, Ray. Reader, enjoy this book.”

The Rev. Kat Banakis: “I needed this book as a person of faith and as an adult in America. Journalist and scholar Waddle seeks God in the necessary inefficiencies of a good life – meandering, music, storytelling, highway heartache, family members with special needs. Ray carefully avoids coy or watered-down spirituality and instead gives breathing room for the ‘divine patience’ at work in this ‘shaggy, swarming world.'”

 

His previous books are:

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• Against the Grain: Unconventional Wisdom From Ecclesiastes (Upper Room, 2005)

Garlinda Burton: “As always, Ray Waddle’s take on the scriptures is fresh, intelligent, and provocative – and highly accessible to the thinking lay reader. In reflecting on Ecclesiastes, he reminds us that despair, rage, hedonism, and doubt are all part of a believer’s journey and that God has always fully understood the human condition yet loves us anyhow. In a time when many of us so-called religious leaders would draw the circle to shut people out, this is indeed good news.”

John McQuiston: “Ecclesiastes is the most unusual and enigmatic author in the Bible. The result of Ray Waddle’s musings on the thoughts of this lovable curmudgeon is a book that is both profound and entertaining.”

Bishop William Willimon: “Welcome to Ecclesiastes – one of the most crabby, irksome, beautiful, and challenging books in all of scripture. Wander through Ecclesiastes with Ray Waddle as your guide, and you’ll discover buried treasure, stunning insight, and spiritual gifts at every turn in the journey.”

 

Peace• A Turbulent Peace: The Psalms for Our Time (Upper Room, 2003)

Will Campbell: “If there was to be a down-in-earth book on the Psalms, Ray Waddle is the one to do it. Lovers of the Psalms are beholden to him.”

James Lawson: “I have always known the Psalms as a mighty tool for the practice of the presence of God. Ray Waddle’s A Turbulent Peace is an excellent work, exploiting the journalist’s imagination to reveal the still larger expanses of God’s unconditional love. Waddle dares to examine the ‘rough places’ of God in our human journey and encourages us to struggle with a sense of eternity here and now. Miracle! Every human arena is haunted by the presence of God.”

Kathleen LaCamera: “Ray Waddle’s fearless and faithful reflections on all 150 Psalms reveal a personal conviction that these ancient sacred texts cannot only stand up to modern scrutiny but will speak in penetrating and insightful ways to contemporary life. He articulates beautifully the many seasons of the psalmist’s soul in a way that invites readers to see themselves, warts and all, as worthy pilgrims on the journey of faith.”

Kenneth Briggs: “Ray Waddle has held up this buzzing, booming collection of spiritual treasure as a distant mirror, focusing its light and truth into the nooks and corners of our frenzied and troubles lives. The psalmists monitor our mind and soul with the piercing thoroughness of a spiritual MRI. Mr. Waddle has superbly interpolated between those voices and moods and ours. Most of all, he commends these ancient lodestones to us by conveying his deep love for them.”