He can be trusted.
At its core, Type One Confessional explores in narrative form the struggle to reconcile God’s love in times of crisis. In particular, Reverend Thoma speaks directly to the unexpected and life-altering calamity of his seven-year-old daughter’s diagnosis with what is often an overwhelming disease—one that is both difficult to manage, and if left untreated, is more than deadly. Thoma does this in a semi-fictional way—that is, each of the events included in the volume is true, and yet, even though the back-and-forth engagements between the Creator and one of His pastors are fictionalized, the content within arises from the Word of God—the place where God’s voice is heard clearly and where He meets each human being with the promise of His love in the midst of the darkness of uncertainty.
What people are saying about Type One Confessional:
“Pastor Thoma welcomes us into the fray. He invites us, adeptly, into some pretty expressive dialogues with God, and as he does this, we are reminded that through faith in Jesus, nothing is ever too big. From upheaval to anger to acceptance, Thoma shows us that while God has unique plans for every individual, through the work of Christ, a wonderful plan has already unfolded that is universal in scope and beneficial for all. Also, as you receive all of this from these conversations, you may even discover—as I did—a special reassurance in knowing that even pastors get angry with God, but also that God understands the frustrations of His people, and regardless of the circumstances, He is working to keep us in the faith and not push us away.”
—Eric Hipple, Former Quarterback for the Detroit Lions and author of Real Men Do Cry
“If your path is uncertain and chocked full of sorrows, pick up this book and read it. You simply must meet this fretting father and his faithful God. You’ll discover that you are not alone. Thoma understands. More importantly, his Lord does, too.”
—Rev. Dr. Peter J. Scaer, Associate Professor of Exegetical Theology
Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, Indiana
and author of The Lukan Passion and the Praiseworthy Death