I normally can find merit in just about any book. And there is some merit in Alicia Britt Chole's Finding an Unseen God- Reflections of a Former Atheist. But, I cannot recommend it. On a scale of 1 to 5 stars, I give it a one. The book has gotten great reviews on Amazon. Mine was the thirteenth review and the only one to give it one star. I did notice though that every person who gave it a positive review was either female or I couldn't tell their gender from their review or their name. Perhaps it's a man/woman thing. But, I couldn't wait to finish the book and move onto the next one on my list.
The book is written in an interesting way, from the word jumble included in it to the chapters that go from 52 to 1 to 51 to 2 to 50 to 3 (see the pattern?). It's an easy read, only taking me a few hours to complete it. And, it's a very personal story. Too personal, IMO. Too subjective.
The book is the story of Alicia Britt Chole's journey from what I'm going to call agnosticism (being raised by a Catholic mother and atheistic father) to atheism in her fairly early youth to Atheism to Christian Faith in her young adulthood. I expected to find out what major event or revelation led her back to Christian faith. I expected a case to be made for theism versus atheism. If there was a case here, it was a very weak one. The author teased with me with an introduction that promise a big event that changed her life and that was obvious to everyone present at the time the event happened. The chapters are numbered (every other chapter) to count down to the big event. I won't ruing the surprise. Suffice it to say the big event was purely subjective and could be chalked up to nothing more than a big wave of emotion.
One big idea I did take away from the book was Chole's assertion that people of faith don't have the burden of proof that many atheists will try to lay on us. Normally, the minority opinion has the burden of proving their POV. Since belief in a god or gods seems to predate atheism and is definitely the predominant view. People of faith should not feel that we have the burden of proof to say that our faith is justified. That is not to say that just because most people believe something or that they've believed it for a long time that it is right. But, there is something to be said for the fact that so many people have believed for such a very long time.