Bitten by a Camel

Leaving Church, Finding God

Bitten by a Camel

Leaving Church, Finding God

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Kent Dobson climbed Mount Sinai in search of the God who had eluded him.

Instead he got bitten by a camel.

Dobson was climbing the ladder of Christianity, too: a worship leader, teacher, and ultimately senior pastor of one of the largest and most prominent churches in America. But he was growing disillusioned with the faith, at least inside the shell of organized religion.

One Sunday morning, he preached to his congregation, "I don’t know what the word God even means anymore." He soon left the church, but his quest for God became more intense than ever.

In Bitten by a Camel, Dobson deconstructs much of what passes as Christianity, but on the foundation of Jesus and the Bible, he reconstructs a faith that is fulfilling, life-giving, and true—true to himself and true to God. Dobson’s message is funny, poignant, and winsome. And it is ultimately, like the message of Jesus himself, hopeful.

Interviews and Articles

Kent Dobson on the You Made It Weird podcast.


Really, really inspiring.

"The thing is, Kent actually has been bitten by a camel. It's not a metaphor. Even though it is. And that's the brilliance of this book: Kent has done the hard work of becoming a particular kind of person—honest, open, following the questions wherever they lead. This book comes out of that pursuit—out of that kind of life—and it's really, really inspiring.

Kent has been this kind of friend-and-teacher to me for almost 20 years and I'm thrilled that he's captured so much of who he is and where he's been in this book. And you don't even have to be bitten by a camel."

Rob Bell

I appreciate the wisdom, bravery and honesty in the pages, and I believe you will, too

"Like all the best spiritual memoirs, this book is more about mystery than certainty, more about unknowing than driving stakes into the ground. If you’re in the aching, foggy middle of a spiritual transformation, I think this beautiful book might be good company along the way. I appreciate my friend Kent’s wisdom, bravery and honesty in the pages, and I believe you will, too."

Shauna Neiquist

Beautiful, honest, wise and liberating . . .

"This is a beautiful, honest, wise and liberating book that reflects the soul of its author. Anyone would enjoy Bitten by a Camel for its pitch-perfect prose and humane honesty, but people from the Evangelical background Kent and I share will find it more than enjoyable. For them, it will feel like a lifeboat after a shipwreck, a cure for a chronic disease, or a path through a forest where you've been lost for a long time."

Brian D. McLaren | author, speaker, and activist

Read this book and grow in faith and wisdom.

"Kent Dobson has eyes of genuine wonder, ears of genuine curiosity, and a heart of a genuine love. This combination makes his journey up Mount Sinai like no other. It is both familiar and breathtakingly new, comforting and provocative. Kent’s authenticity and openness is matched only by his learning and clarity of writing. Read this book and grow in faith and wisdom."

Rabbi Evan Moffic | author of "The Happiness Prayer: Ancient Jewish Wisdom for the Best Way to Live Today"

This book will leave you feeling less alone, partially sane, and more hopeful for what lies ahead.

"Bitten by a Camel is an honest, thoughtful, unfiltered look at one man's very human pilgrimage up the mountain of faith, as he encounters doubt, failure and a host of unmet expectations. It's just as likely to offend you as it is to heal you. I suppose which perspective you take will depend on how much of the mountain you have tumbled down yourself. I found myself laughing aloud at times and tearing up at others as Kent gave words to my own fantastic ride down the 'slippery slope.' For those who are tired of hearing how beautiful the emperor's new clothes are, Kent's confessional storytelling will leave you feeling less alone, partially sane, and more hopeful for what lies ahead."

Ryan Meeks

This book will help the reader encounter a new depth and density to life.

"If the term 'religious experience' is to mean anything at all, it must refer, not to an experience of something, but to an event that transforms how we experience everything. With a subtle blend of honesty, humor and personal insight, Kent Dobson has crafted a work that invites the reader into such an experience. He has wrought lessons from his own life and presented them in a way that will help the reader encounter a new depth and density to life. Revealing a hope and joy that is anything but shallow or one-dimensional."

Peter Rollins

Product Info

  • Publisher Fortress Press
  • Format Hardcover
  • ISBN 9781506417745
  • eBook ISBN 9781506417752
  • Dimensions 6 x 9
  • Pages 158
  • Publication Date August 1, 2017