When We Were on Fire

When We Were on Fire

A Memoir of Consuming Faith, Tangled Love, and Starting Over

Book - 2013
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In the strange, us-versus-them Christian subculture of the 1990s, a person's faith was measured by how many WWJD bracelets she wore and whether he had kissed dating goodbye.

Evangelical poster child Addie Zierman wore three bracelets asking what Jesus would do. She also led two Bible studies and listened exclusively to Christian music. She was on fire for God and unaware that the flame was dwindling--until it burned out.

Addie chronicles her journey through church culture and first love, and her entrance--unprepared and angry--into marriage. When she drops out of church and very nearly her marriage as well, it is on a sea of tequila and depression. She isn't sure if she'll ever go back.

When We Were on Fire is a funny, heartbreaking story of untangling oneself from what is expected to arrive at faith that is not bound by tradition or current church fashion. Addie looks for what lasts when nothing else seems worth keeping. It's a story for doubters, cynics, and anyone who has felt alone in church.
Publisher: New York : Convergent Books, 2013.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781601425454
Characteristics: x, 246 p. ;,20 cm


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Feb 08, 2014

I quite liked most of this (the same way that I liked The Witness Wore Red, about leaving polygamous mormonism, and a book about growing up in the church of scientology). However when she comes back to her Christianity at the end in a way that works for her, I personally found it uninteresting. But a Christian, especially a born-again Christian, might love it..

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