In 2010, Pastor David Hayward (a.k.a. nakedpastor) left the ministry after 30 years. He didn’t become an atheist, but he was tired of so much of what Christianity had become and his personal theology didn’t match that of other church leaders. In the midst of his cartoons, many of which I’ve featured on this site, he also began drawing “Sophia,” a woman who represented his own journey away from the church. I’m thrilled that he’s compiled those drawings, along with his own “meditations” in a book called The Liberation of Sophia:
It’s just a beautiful collection of poetry and imagery, and I’m sure it parallels the journey of so many readers of this site. I don’t think it’s a spoiler to say there’s a happy ending to this book. The hardest part just is taking that first step.