This: Becoming Free

This: Becoming Free

Doubt-filled spiritual leader and reluctant Grammy-nominated Christian musician Michael Gungor finally let go of his belief in God as he tried to whittle together a god that he could love. Letting go of the stories that defined his identity and value in the world led Gungor and his family on a wild and painful journey through atheism, mysticism, betrayal, loss, medical issues, moving trucks, and thousands of online trolls.


The deconstruction of his faith is one story. The transformation of it is another. As Gungor lets us know, our stories are the seams of illusion that we sew into reality―in order to label this and that. But what you think of as you (or anything else for that matter) is simply movement within the ocean of Being―of THIS. Once you see that is it just a story, you can let go and be free.


THIS is beyond words, category, or distinction. It simply and fully is.


Through personal story, parable, philosophy, physics, and absurdity, Gungor shows us that who we think we are is an illusion, a constriction of reality that creates suffering in our lives. This: Becoming Free is a letter of love, reminding you of who you truly are under those stories of yours.

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    This: Becoming Free Reviews

  • Jan Anne

    “This” is an odd one. I have two complete opposite parts of me that have very different opinions on this book. One side enjoys it, the other part of me heavily critiques it. Gungor’s book is har...

  • Andrew Tyson

    I’ve followed Michael’s work since Beautiful Things came out. I’ve been challenged by his work with the Liturgists and have always found him to be intriguing and important artist. I enjoyed his ...

  • Douglas Graves

    I was incredibly excited to read Vishnu's latest book. I closely follow his work and music. I feel like that certainly helped make this book easier to read and understand. There were certainly parts t...

  • Jacquelyn Moses

    Where to begin ... while I am a bit of a hippie myself I feel like you can’t reject one form of spirituality as too judgmental and absurd while embracing an absurd mishmash of spiritualism and judgi...

  • Ben Figueiredo

    Loved every bit of this book. I connected with Michael’s journey as it resonated very much so with my own. His perspective is not one that is popular and will be shunned as heretical by most of the ...

  • Josiah Goff

    So goodMy brain in book form :-) I loved it so much. Highly recommend to anyone trying to make sense of life, love, God, and happiness. ...

  • Adam

    In short, this book was a hot mess. There were some moments, some pages, that rose above the rest, and the chapter on "THIS is Love" was probably the highlight of the book (though that doesn't say a w...

  • Steph

    Hated so much of this book couldn't wait for it to be over. I liked a lot of his personal stories, identified with some of his negative experiences with belief and church culture. But on the whole, hi...

  • Mandi MacDonald

    A millennial who denies Christianity but then accepts everything as truth and nothing as selfish -- all in an effort to feel better about his own life and the reality in which we all find ourselves. N...

  • Austin Curnutt

    Beautiful and real. Gungor's anti-story storytelling is incredible. I'll come back to this book many times....