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I Want to Be Left Behind: Finding Rapture Here on Earth | [Brenda Peterson]

I Want to Be Left Behind: Finding Rapture Here on Earth

In Brenda Peterson's unusual memoir, fundementalism meets deep ecology. The author's childhood in the high Sierra with her forest ranger father led her to embrace the entire natural world, while her Southern Baptist relatives prepared eagerly and busily to leave this world.
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In Brenda Peterson's unusual memoir, fundementalism meets deep ecology. The author's childhood in the high Sierra with her forest ranger father led her to embrace the entire natural world, while her Southern Baptist relatives prepared eagerly and busily to leave this world. Peterson survived fierce 'sword drill' competitions demanding total recall of the Scriptures and awkward dinner table questions ("Will Rapture take the cat, too?") only to find that environmentalists with prophecies of doom can also be Endtimers. Peterson paints such a hilarious, loving portrait of each world that the reader, too, may want to be Left Behind.

©2010 Brenda Peterson, A Merloyd Lawrence Book, Published by DeCapo Press/Perseus (P)2012 Listen & Live Audio

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