Hi <<First Name>>,
Growing up evangelical, Elizabeth Jeffries was certain about how the world worked. She had an unfalsifiable understanding of scripture, sin, God’s will, and the role of women, and she carried this same certitude into her graduate study of cell biology. There, rather than discover the simplicity of the natural world as she had hoped, she instead discovered the simplistic lenses through which she was viewing the world all along.
In her first book, a work of deep reflection and vulnerable storytelling, Elizabeth invites readers to candidly tour her conservative Christian upbringing and the self-condemning doctrines that shaped her identity. With grace and intelligence, she critically engages her past without condemning it. She draws from her insights in the laboratory and offers a brilliant new set of metaphors from the field of cell biology to help reframe concepts like identity, community, certainty, perfectionism, and truth. The result is a rich tapestry of the scientific and the sacred.
Through the Kaleidoscope is Elizabeth’s journey through the emergence, maturation, and collapse of the evangelical worldview—as well as her reenchantment with an inclusive truth too deep and too wide to ever be contained in just one set of religious metaphors.
This is a must-review!