Unknowing review

A Little Book of Unknowing by Jennifer Kavanagh
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

In this book, Jennifer explores what we really “know” (not much it turns out) and how we can come to terms with uncertainty in our lives. Her view is that we should embrace uncertainty as it can provide opportunities for growth and a deeper spiritual understanding.

As the title suggests, this book is short – it’s only 73 pages – and you could probably read it in one sitting if you wanted. But actually, I think it’s better to take your time reading it otherwise you might miss out on the points that Jennifer is making (one point being, ironically enough, you sometimes need to wait for the answer to come to you). I certainly think you will get more out of this book if you read it multiple times.

Jennifer writes very much with a faith perspective (specifically, a Quaker one), but that doesn’t mean her book doesn’t have value for people who don’t believe in God/The Divine. As she points out science is a faith to some extent, so even the most confirmed atheist could benefit from reading this book (they could always skip passed the bits when Jennifer references the G word).

Dawn Powell, http://ebookadventures.blogspot.co.uk/