In the strange us-versus-them world of the '90s Christian subculture, your faith was measured by how many WWJD bracelets you wore and whether or not you'd "kissed dating good-bye".
Evangelical poster child Addie Zierman wore three WWJD bracelets, led two Bible studies, and listened exclusively to Christian rock. She was "on fire for God", unaware that the flame of her faith was dwindling until it burned entirely out.
With candor and transparency, Addie chronicles her journey through church culture, first love, and her entrance - unprepared and angry - into marriage. When she washes out of church and nearly her marriage 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 cliché in search of a faith worth embracing. It's a story for anyone who has ever felt alone in a crowded church. For the cynic. The doubter. The former Jesus freak struggling with the complexity of life. It's a story about the slow work of returning to love, Jesus, and (perhaps toughest of all) his imperfect followers. And in the end, it's about what lasts when nothing else seems worth keeping.
©2016 Convergent Books (P)2016 Oasis Audio
I read this book at a time when I needed it. While some of the specifics are different between myself and Addie, I recognized so much of my own spiritual journey in these pages. The desire to stand out because of a faith you realized only too late was built on quicksand, and what happens when your life breaks open and you realize your faith is not your own.
The writing is vivid, poetic in places, raw and beautiful and heartbreaking. The narration is pitch perfect.
Anyone who wants to understand the evangelical subculture, this book is both raw and gracious and should be essential reading.
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