I very nearly did not add What Momma Left Me by Renée Watson. I don’t like religious books. I struggle quite often to take them seriously. It bugs me to no end that Christianity is a thing. Now, I’m open to it being possible…but in no way am I okay with saying that it’s a fact. At the end of the day, if there isn’t verifiable proof…it’s just a theory. And I think that’s the thing that frustrates me about it the most, that it’s a theory and far too many people refuse to acknowledge it as such. It’d be nice if it were true, but show me real proof before you ask me to believe you. And so, when I saw the bit about “faith” and “religion” in this book’s synopsis I almost immediately wrote it off as something I would not appreciate reading.
But I decided to read a few reviews first and they changed my mind. You see, the thing about this book is that it unpacks a lot of tragedy and hopefully addresses it well. At least, as far as the reviews go this book does a decent job of tackling these very volatile subjects and working through them. And that captured my interest enough for me to put aside my annoyance with religion and to say that this book is worth spending some time on. Hopefully it wont disappoint.
I’m still weary, of course. And there’s definitely a high chance that I will end up having issues with the religious aspect of the novel. But I’d like to see how this book goes, where it leads, how it tackles these important and damaging topics, and ultimately what I end up thinking about it. I’ve read a lot of books centered around religion in the past and at least, as far as I can tell, this isn’t one of the sort that try to convert you.
So, we’ll see how it goes.
What do you think about this book? Is it one you’d be interested in reading? Let me know in the comments!