Sometime last year I started reading Addie Zierman’s blog, How to Talk Evangelical.
Growing up decidedly not evangelical – to the point of being one of those folks Addie mentions who saw that type of Church People as a bit crazy…her writing has become part of my journey. She has literally opened my heart to understand another path.
As I mentioned before in the review of Raised Right: How I Untangled My Faith From My Politics by Alisa Harris, my faith journey has brought me to the middle from the other side of the spectrum.
I didn’t get “those folks” with the WWJD bracelets and attending male-led Bible studies on campus. I was a bit before the Meet Me At the Pole events, and probably a bit unaware. (I had to google “Teen Mania” as while I trust Addie, I wondered if she was making it up!)
So while I am not one of the Evangelical kids “on fire for Christ” who has grown up and is trying to find a new way of being Christian, her story is equally relevant. Through her story, others can gain insight and understanding into their own. Our spiritual journeys are not straight lines, nor do we have a map that outlines all the details of every step.
Addie’s words and images, memories and insights are truly amazing. She is not complaining or criticizing in this book, only observing and relaying her particular story – a story of being uncomfortable, searching for something better, and getting there.
I would quote half the book, but don’t want to ruin your experience of it. If you are searching, read When We Were on Fire.
Simply put, I am greatly looking forward to her next book.
Author Talk: Addie Zierman
Sunday, Nov. 3, 3-4:30pm – The Blessing House, Victoria, MN
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- Book Review: When We Were On Fire (ibelonginabook.wordpress.com)
- A Conversation with Addie Zierman about ‘When We Were on Fire’ (redemptionpictures.com)
- When We Were on Fire [a review] (caramichelestrickland.wordpress.com)