- Paperback: 272 pages
- Publisher: Thomas Nelson (June 2, 2020)
Popular podcaster and author Knox McCoy offers readers a unique blend of humor, Bible stories, pop culture references, and personal stories that show how asking tough questions and approaching life with a willingness to reconsider ideas can allow them to grow in their faith.
What would it mean to really examine what you think you know about yourself and your beliefs? To not just rely on the generic platitudes you’ve always recited to yourself but to look more deeply into why you think what you think?
After exploring how pop culture shaped his life and carved out the foundations of his faith in his debut book, The Wondering Years, Knox McCoy began to think more deeply about those foundations and how they had evolved, changed entirely, or stayed the same. The result of this soul-searching led to a book about the necessity of reexamining our ideas and identities throughout our lives and how we grow as a result.
In a look back at his own life and the fundamental convictions—both secular and spiritual—he’s pondered over the years, Knox deploys his signature self-deprecation and an academic approach of understanding the absurd, whether discussing the social hierarchy of Sesame Street or the cultural allergy to participation trophies. Along with these voyages into the humorous and the mundane come deeply vulnerable revelations from Knox’s heart as he interrogates his own foundational beliefs. His stories will encourage readers to think about their own convictions and how reconsidering them leads to a deeper understanding of what they believe and why.
All Things Reconsidered is a humorous and clever book of essays highlighting the importance of reconsideration. As an overthinker, I’ve always been one to reconsider things, but like many of us, there are certain thoughts that I have a hard time reconsidering.
In All Things Reconsidered, Knox McCoy encourages readers to open their minds to the art of reconsideration. This reconsideration of thoughts can be about something simple or about the beliefs that we hold the most loyalty to. What I loved about this book was that though McCoy discusses his own beliefs, the book isn’t centered around him convincing you of his own personal beliefs. All Things Reconsidered is focused on beliefs in general, and how they sometimes change when we reexamine them.
While I was unfamiliar with Knox McCoy before reading this book, I greatly appreciated his humor. His chapter about not wanting to be an introvert was highly relatable. I also really enjoyed his conspiracy theory about Uncle Joey’s role on Full House. I will probably never look at Full House the same way again, but (much like the rest of his book) his thoughts on this subject were both hilarious and thought-provoking.
All Things Reconsidered is a gem because it’s light and funny and mentally stimulating. In a world where we’re divided by political, social, and religious differences, All Things Reconsidered is a lighthearted book that reminds us of the value of reflection and open-mindedness.
“When you want to figure out what you think about something, sometimes it’s important to make yourself aware of all the different ways you can think about it.”
Thanks to Lisa from TLC Book Tours for inviting me on this blog tour for All Things Reconsidered. I received a free advanced reader’s copy of this book from the publisher through TLC Book Tours in exchange for my honest review.