Word count = 163 / Reading time = 45 seconds
(Rated 3 of 5 stars on Goodreads)
God Is Not a Christian packs quite a wallop for such a small book. Tutu propounds a constant message of forgiveness, tolerance, reconciliation, peace, and above all faith. Reading this collection of speeches and essays made me feel that I am a small, insignificant, moral failure and wish that I had the courage and strength of Tutu’s convictions.
I rated it 3 stars instead of 4 solely because Tutu preaches the same message over and over again against a variety of situations (Apartheid, support for a transgressive Israeli government, failings of the Middle East peace process, and the flaws and failures of South Africa’s new government following the end of Apartheid) which he freely admits on page 184, writing, “You know that I am repetitive if anything at all.” Still, the repetition makes his message ring out like a bell, like a clarion call of faith, forgiveness, tolerance, and peace. I will definitely read more of Tutu’s writing!