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Night Driving : A Story of Faith in the Dark
by Addie Zierman


Overview - "How do you know God is real?"
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In the emotionally-charged, fire-filled faith in which Addie Zierman grew up, the answer to this question was simple: "Because you ve FELT him."
Now, at age 30, she feels "nothing. "Just the darkness pressing in.
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Overview
"How do you know God is real?"
""
In the emotionally-charged, fire-filled faith in which Addie Zierman grew up, the answer to this question was simple: "Because you ve FELT him."
Now, at age 30, she feels "nothing. "Just the darkness pressing in. Just the winter cold. Just a buzzing silence where God s voice used to be.
So she loads her two small children into the minivan one February afternoon and heads south in one last-ditch effort to find the Light.
In her second memoir, "Night Driving, "Addie Zierman" "powerfully explores the gap between our sunny, faith fictions and a God who often seems hidden and silent.
Against the backdrop of rushing Interstates, strangers hospitality, gas station coffee, and screaming children, Addie stumbles toward a faith that makes room for doubt, disappointment, and darkness and learns that sometimes you have to run away to find your way home."

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781601425478
  • ISBN-10: 1601425473
  • Publisher: Convergent Books
  • Publish Date: March 2016
  • Page Count: 240
  • Dimensions: 7.8 x 5.1 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.4 pounds


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Books > Biography & Autobiography > Religious
Books > Religion > Christian Life - Inspirational
Books > Biography & Autobiography > Personal Memoirs

 
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Publishers Weekly® Reviews

  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2016-02-15
  • Reviewer: Staff

Blogger Zierman (When We Were on Fire) boldly reveals her struggles with faith, isolation, and depression in this memoir about packing up her minivan and taking her children on a two-week road trip from Minnesota to Florida. Having lost her connection to her Christian faith, Zierman decides to outdrive her troubles by visiting friends, giving book readings, and doing publicity interviews. The writing can be insightful and painful to read—"Imagine opening your Bible and finding it to be a concrete slab in your lap"—as her struggle to avoid internal darkness seems to permeate all her thoughts. These same obstacles make the memoir relatable, though, as she must balance her own internal turmoil with the needs of her children. At times, Zierman's attempts to wring drama from the mundane events of a well-planned publicity trip read as overwrought—as when she frequently alludes to her "complicated history" with men, then describes a visit with an old flirtation that remains platonic as "a victory over the flesh"—but the main story here is her renewed search for faith, not the promotion tour. Zierman's trip down South and back into the light, filled with refreshing, life-affirming moments, will satisfy readers looking for a partner in spiritual strife. (Mar.)

 
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