Writing in the tradition of Barbara Brown Taylor and Sue Monk Kidd comes a lyrical voice from a new generation, offering her beautifully rendered view of what it’s like to question and ultimately lose faith on the brink of being ordained.

In this modern memoir of faith, Sarah Sentilles reveals how deep our ties to God can be, and how devastating they can be to break. Not unlike a divorce, leaving God meant Sarah had to reorient her life and face a future that felt darkly unfamiliar. Ultimately, Breaking Up with God is filled with hope, a coming out story that lets others know it’s safe to come out too, and that there’s light on the other side.



Honest, like down-to-the-core honest, beyond what most people are capable of, especially in public on the topic of faith.”

Kelly Corrigan, New York Times bestselling author of The Middle Place


“This is a wonderfully moving book, written with rare elegance, real passion, warm humor, and penetrating insight. Breaking Up With God will comfort those who no longer believe, guide those who are plagued with doubts, and challenge those who wonder how anyone could leave the faith.”

— Bart D. Ehrman, author of Misquoting Jesus


Provocative, penetrating, honest, and real! Sarah Sentilles in chronicling her own story chronicles the journey that all of us must take in search of our own humanity. Would that institutional religion were big enough to embrace and affirm her work.”

John Shelby Spong, author of Sins of Scripture


“If everyone looked at faith with the unflinching integrity of Sarah Sentilles, not only would they profit, but so would their religion. Breaking Up With God is a beautiful reminder that truth is found in questions, not answers, in seeking, not finding. From Sarah Sentilles, I have learned my 'No' to God can be every bit as helpful as my 'Yes.'”

Philip Gulley, author of If the Church Were Christian


“Sarah Sentilles' book is a treasure and a triumph of the heart. Wise, funny, and fearless, she dares to take the ultimate questions seriously enough to be outrageously honest. May her journey be a challenge to those whose imperturbable faith may filter out the anguish and fragility of our world.”

Joanna Macy, author of World as Lover, World as Self