New Book Shares Ex-Pastor’s Voyage of Conversion and Falling Out with Faith

Dog Ear Publishing reviews a new book featuring a pastor’s calling and falling out with his God and the ideas and events that led him down life’s path.

Moreno, CA, August 09, 2017 --( With no plans for the future and high school graduation looming, Steve Tuttle turned to Christian faith and was born again in 1974 when he was 17, fully accepting Jesus into his heart and life. He completed training and became a Baptist minister, but eventually he came to doubt his faith and left the pulpit. He describes his journey from conversion to atheism in a new book released by Dog Ear Publishing.

That description takes the form of an imagined extended interview over 10 Wednesdays in a local coffee shop. The talk is guided by a fictitious pastor gathering information and insights for a research project on pastors who left the faith. The conversations center on his conversion, entrance into – and out of – ministry and his eventual loss in a belief in God.

In “Wednesdays: An Ex-Pastor’s Voyage into Unbelief,” Tuttle shares his initial excitement – and fire – to bring others to Jesus. A charismatic pastor associated with the Agape movement further inspired him to fully commit to Christ. Tuttle became an ordained pastor with American Baptist Churches USA and served numerous churches before being asked in 1988 to start Cornerstone Community Church in Southern California. But his doubts in God, which had begun to surface as early as a few shorts years after his ordination, began to surface more regularly. A betrayal by a fellow pastor provides another reason to leave the ministry.

The books provides a roadmap for one man’s philosophical journey from indifference to faith to skepticism to atheism. He shares some short essays he wrote during a time of anger against God and believers, as well as a list of reference books and questions for further discussion.

Tuttle candidly explores the reasons for his conversion from man of God to an unbeliever, fanned by the unfairness of a severely disabled son. He eventually learns to find comfort in letting go of the idea of an all-knowing deity and what he comes to think of as a negative influence on people and society. His affiliation with the Clergy Project, which helps clergy who no longer believe find emotional and financial support, further clarified his views.

Tuttle has a ministry degree from Pacific Christina College (now Hope University) and Fuller Theological Seminary. After leaving the ministry, Tuttle earned his teaching credentials and taught for almost three decades. In 2012, he was named San Bernardino County’s teacher of the year.

He and his wife of 40 years, Cathy, and their son, Jason, live in Southern California. He has another son, Dan, and three grandsons. He enjoys boating, fishing, reading and honing his writing in his spare time.

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Wednesdays: An Ex-Pastor’s Voyage into Unbelief
Steve Tuttle
Dog Ear Publishing
ISBN: 978-1-4575-5517-6 152 pages $12.95 US

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