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“Doing a show about Christ, I’ve been introduced to every denomination out there, and I’ve been thrilled to see people unite when discussing the stories of Christ, and dismayed to see them divide when insisting on their denominations. This is a great book at the perfect time, and more than that, it’s IMPORTANT.”
Dallas Jenkins, Creator, "The Chosen" streaming television series
“The Pretend Christian introduces the reader to the reality of relationship over religion. A ‘now generation’ message of great value; a pearl of great price.”
Alveda King, Evangelist, director of Civilrightsfortheunborn.org
“Deirdre Reilly really hits the heartbeat of the Christian journey with her new book, The Pretend Christian. This is a must-read for having a real walk with the Lord. I love Deirdre's point of view, and her seriousness in declaring that if we as Christians say ‘I'll pray for you...’ we need to mean it. Your faith will be increased after reading The Pretend Christian.”
Pastor Mark Burns
Named by TIME Magazine as "Trump's Top Pastor"
Named “One of the 16 People to Have Shaped the 2016 Presidential Election” by Yahoo
“The reader is immediately taken with author Deirdre Reilly as she describes her compelling faith journey. This book is refreshing, honest, forthright, and engrossing.”
Kathleen Kennedy Townsend
Former lieutenant governor of Maryland and author of "Failing America's Faithful: How Today's Churches Are Mixing God with Politics and Losing Their Way"
“I loved reading The Pretend Christian by Deirdre Reilly. She writes authentically about the ups and downs of her spiritual journey that reflected much of my own experience. This is a book worth reading by anyone who is not sure about their faith, or for anyone who has questions and doubts, but still wants to know and experience Jesus.”
General partner with 1Flourish Capital, author of "Finding God in Silicon Valley," chairman of Connect Silicon Valley
“In The Pretend Christian, Ms. Reilly convicts Christians to critically examine their behaviors to see whether they are drawing others to Christ or pushing them away. More importantly, she challenges non-believers to look past those behaviors and through to the overwhelming love in the heart of God Himself.”
Meg Meeker, MD
Best-selling author of Strong "Fathers, Strong Daughters"
“In The Pretend Christian, Deirdre Reilly has given us all a great gift. Through a captivating narrative, she describes her own search to understand faith and the twists and turns of life. In reading the work, I found myself laughing, getting choked up, nodding my head in approval, pausing to reflect, and just feeling good about a real and honest account of the struggles and joys of life and faith. If you're looking for candor and a sincere heart, this book has both! I strongly recommend it!”
Fr. Jeffrey F. Kirby, STD
Pastor and author of "Thy Kingdom Come: Living the Lord's Prayer in Everyday Life"
"Deirdre Reilly shows the beautiful, but at times challenging, reality of what it means to be a ‘real’ Christian with a real faith in Jesus Christ. Her stories allow us to peek into her sensitive heart as she discovers Christ as a compassionate and loving friend who wants to share everything with us…Reilly invites all of us to put on our spiritual sunglasses and keep our eyes open to see God’s loving activity in us and around us. Wherever you are in your journey, this wonderful book will inspire you to want to know and love Jesus more, and to trust in his tremendous and very personal love for you."
Fr. Michael Sliney, LC
Chaplain, Washington DC at the Lumen Institute
“The Pretend Christian is both down-to-earth and profoundly wise. Deirdre Reilly leads us through her own very real and human journey while teaching lasting lessons about faith and Christianity. She is a joyous companion along this path!"
Writer, editor and web content strategist; former editor-in-chief of LifeZette
“Deirdre Reilly has found the secret to an abundant life, and she shares her story in The Pretend Christian. It's a story of grace and victory that so many of us need. In a world that often leaves us feeling isolated and cynical, the truth Reilly shares provides a window to where hope may be found.”
Executive director, Adventures in Missions
"Deirdre Reilly's writing voice is that of a dear and trusted friend. The Pretend Christian is her love letter to God and to the Anam Cara, or ‘soul friend’ that dwells in the heart of every seeker and believer. This little book is a bracing, candid, but also deeply humorous work of pastoral theology and spiritual direction, written in the tradition of Merton, Nouwen and Dorothy Day. Reilly shows us that the voice of God can be heard as a roar or as a whisper, in a messy kitchen while surrounded by dirty diapers or while standing face to face with God at the top of Mount Carmel. All we need to do is listen. The Pretend Christian is a book worth reading."
Gerard O'Sullivan, Ph.D., CEO of Corvus Education, LLC and visiting professor of higher education at Wilmington University
“In a world that is desperate for change, this wonderful book, The Pretend Christian, shows the reader that we are all walking the same path and struggling along the way. It is a wonderful reminder that we are not alone, we can be great, and it is okay to believe. The net result is a better world for all.”
Founder and CEO, One Community USA
“My friend Deirdre Reilly's wonderful book is mainly for two kinds of people: Those who know Jesus Christ as their savior and those who don't but who need Him. Deirdre has been in both places, on the hard days and the not-so-hard days, and her genuine faith, understanding and caring shines through on every page.”
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