The Opposite of Certainty
Fear, Faith, and Life in Between
Janine Urbaniak Reid, Anne Lamott
“Brilliant, rich...breathtakingly honest and sometimes very funny.”
“I loved this book.”
“Extraordinary.” —Caroline Leavitt
“Observant and warm...the finest company.”—Kelly Corrigan
“A beautiful sucker punch, like life.“
“Subtle, powerful, and hypnotic...”
— Martin Cruz Smith
What happens when we can no longer pretend that the ground underfoot is bedrock and the sky above predictable?
All Janine Urbaniak Reid ever wanted was for everyone she loved to be okay so she might relax and maybe be happy. Her life strategy was simple: do everything right. This included trying to be the perfect mother to her three kids so they would never experience the kind of pain she pretended not to feel growing up. What she didn’t expect was the chaos of an out-of-control life that begins when her young son’s hand begins to shake.
The Opposite of Certainty is the story of Janine’s reluctant journey beyond easy answers and platitudes. She searches for a source of strength bigger than her circumstances, only to have her circumstances become even thornier with her own crisis. Drawn deeply and against her will into herself, and into the eternal questions we all ask, she discovers hidden reserves of strength, humor, and a no-matter-what faith that looks nothing like she thought it would.
Beautifully written and deeply hopeful, Janine shows us how we can come through impossible times transformed and yet more ourselves than we’ve ever allowed ourselves to be.