Picks apart current Church culture
A Christocentric "Devotional" from the Mind of an Iconoclastic Asshole
If you're looking for a cheery, always-uplifting devotional, then you've come to the wrong place. Not that Devoted As F*ck won't uplift and renew your spirit at times, it's merely that the goal of this book is not to make you feel good. Instead, it is an irreverent look at today's version of Christianity that is meant to shake you to your core. Sometimes cheeky, other times profound, but mostly in your face, Distefano has constructed the perfect devotional for the spiritual misfit who doesn't quite fit the cookie-cutter mold.
Devoted As F*ck an iconoclastic "devotional" that:
Comforts the disturbed and disturbs the comfortable
Uplifts the LGBTQ community and other marginalized people
Pokes fun at the hypocrisy within Christianity
Promotes the all-inclusive Gospel of Christ Jesus
Contains daily quotes and space for reflection
From the Introduction
Someone once told me that I have a way of saying a lot without using too many words. This got me thinking about how I should one day put together a big book of quotes. Now, a few years later, here I am doing just that.
Simple and succinct quotes can be a powerful artform. Depending on one’s worldview or life situation, they can uplift and inspire, or they can offend and upset. As Harvard University Dean of Secondary Schools, César A. Cruz, once aptly noted: “Art should comfort the disturbed and disturb the comfortable.” The same rings true for the art of the written word; it will comfort some while disturbing others.
I mention this because some of you reading this book will likely be offended by what I have to say, as well as how I say it. There will be statements made about the religion we call Christianity that will cause your stomach to turn. I will use language that will even force some of you to believe I’ve sold my soul to the devil himself. And yet, some of you will probably nod your head in approval as if the Lord above sent me as one of his prophets. My take is that I am neither in cahoots with Satan nor a spokesperson for God. Rather, I am just an asshole with an opinion and that y’all can take it or leave it. No harm, no foul.
Honestly, though, I do hope that what I have to say uplifts and inspires. And I hope some of my words even cause you to belly-laugh. I believe much of the time, we all take ourselves too goddamn seriously and that what is needed in our lives is a good dose of humor.
So, how should you approach this book? Well, I’d recommend reading one quote per day over the course of a year, but if you want to skip around, that’s fine as well. I’m not your fucking parent and have no desire to tell you what to do. But after each daily quote, there will be some blank space to journal your thoughts, should you so choose. I’m sure at least a handful of my sayings will cause something to stir inside of you, even if it’s just indigestion.
With that being said, please enjoy. Or don’t. At the end of the day, none of us should be on this earth to try to appease everyone. I know what I’ve got to say isn’t for everyone, but I also know someone out there will find value here. If that’s you, then get ready to put your thinking caps on and have fun with it. Try to get something from the book and may your lives be enriched in some way.
Peace and love and all that good hippie shit.
"One minute, the author expounds on seeing God through the love in his daughters eyes. The next, he is excoriating the religious for their hypocrisy with scathing language....Devoted As F*ck is a journal that will either inspire or piss you off. Or, maybe both, on occasion. I especially love the cover art design, and cannot wait to carry it into my next bible study."Karen E. Leidy (Amazon Review)
"Matthew's work always surprises me, not because I underestimate him but just because he keeps upping the ante...I love it because it is challenging. Most of us don't really want someone to tell us what we want to hear—we really want to be challenged...I'm looking forward to interacting with it throughout the year!"Karl J. Forehand (Amazon Review)