Book Review: A Life of Unlearning by Anthony Venn-Brown OAM


Anthony Venn-Brown's "A Life of Unlearning" isn't just a memoir—it's a rollercoaster ride through faith, identity, and the messiness of being human. Imagine a blend of Netflix drama and Sunday confessional, where the protagonist happens to be a former Pentecostal minister turned LGBTIQ+ advocate.

From the get-go, Venn-Brown throws open the church doors and invites you into his world. Picture this: a young, earnest preacher navigating the spotlight, while inside, a storm brews over his true self. It's like "Eat, Pray, Love" meets "RuPaul's Drag Race," with a theological twist that keeps you hooked till the last page.

But don't let the religious backdrop fool you—this isn't your grandma's Sunday school tale. Venn-Brown's narrative crackles with humour and raw honesty. He lays bare the highs of preaching triumphs and the lows of personal reckonings, all with a side of wit that's as sharp as a pastor's sermon on a sleepy Sunday morning.

What's remarkable about "A Life of Unlearning" is its universal appeal. Beyond the LGBTIQ+ discourse and church politics, it's a story about shedding masks and embracing authenticity. Venn-Brown's journey from closeted preacher to outspoken advocate is a testament to resilience and the power of self-acceptance.

And let's talk about the plot twists! Just when you think you've got the story figured out, Venn-Brown hits you with revelations that leave you nodding in solidarity or gasping in disbelief. It's like binge-watching your favorite series, but with deeper insights into faith, love, and what it means to truly belong.

"A Life of Unlearning" isn't just a book—it's a manifesto for change within religious communities. It challenges outdated beliefs with the charm of a storyteller who's seen it all and isn't afraid to spill the communion wine. It's a must-read for anyone who believes that faith and identity can coexist harmoniously, served with a generous helping of humour and heart.

Rating: 5/5 stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Anthony Venn-Brown OAM is the founder of Ambassadors & Bridge Builders International (ABBI), listen to A Life of Unlearning, audiobook preview here.
Book Review: A Life of Unlearning by Anthony Venn-Brown OAM Book Review: A Life of Unlearning by Anthony Venn-Brown OAM Reviewed by Shane St Reynolds on July 08, 2024 Rating: 5

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