While doubt is encouraged in most disciplines, somehow in religion we have been expected to abandon all creative thinking and ”just believe”, blaming ourselves for our doubts. Doubts are not preying forces of evil but tantalizing carrots enticing us to new territory and allowing us to throw out outgrown dogmas for richer experiences. Val Webb's book invites us to drag our doubts out from under the rug and celebrate them for the gifts they are, just as a scientist anticipates fresh resolution with each doubt investigated.
Val Webb’s professional career spans microbiology, business, public relations, writing, art and theology. She grew up in Brisbane, Australia, attending Ironsides State School, Brisbane Girls’ Grammar School and the University of Queensland. She began her professional life with a graduate degree in Microbiology and a research position at the University of Queensland, later working in the Microbiology department of the Royal Brisbane Hospital. After 18 months in England while Val’s husband Maurice did his medical specialty exams in Obstetrics and Gynaecology,, Val and Maurice, with their two small children, Helen and Paul, moved to Rochester, Minnesota where their third child, Karen, was born. The family spent almost thirty years in Rochester where Maurice was a surgeon and head of the Department of Gynecologic Surgery at the Mayo Clinic. During the 1970’s, Val owned and operated an Art Gallery in Rochester, Val Webb Galleries, which featured the work of some eighty national and international artists, including Val’s sketches, etchings, prints and hand-painted scarves. She had two books published on the art and history of Minnesota, Rochester Sketchbook and Twin Cities Sketchbook.