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When We Were on Fire : A Memoir of Consuming Faith, Tangled Love, and Starting Over
by Addie Zierman


Overview - 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 worethreebracelets asking what Jesus would do.
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Overview
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 worethreebracelets 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."

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781601425454
  • ISBN-10: 1601425457
  • Publisher: Convergent Books
  • Publish Date: October 2013
  • Page Count: 246
  • Dimensions: 8 x 5.23 x 0.67 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.46 pounds


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Books > Biography & Autobiography > Religious
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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2013-10-14
  • Reviewer: Staff

Zierman grows up in an average, Bible-studying, Christian family but as a teenager, her zeal for being the perfect, evangelical Christian girl reaches a new level, one that disturbs even her parents. Falling in love with a rigid, similarly zealous, boy named Chris who is bound for mission work doesn’t hurt these faith pursuits, and is in fact the reason behind her newfound obsessions with purity and perfect devotion to Jesus. With its luminous prose, Zierman’s memoir reads like a novel, threaded with imperfect faith, doubt, deep searching, love and friendship and loss and depression. The slice of young adult life Zierman offers has a universal taste. This memoir is reminiscent of some of the best in the genre, including Lauren Winner’s Girl Meets God—though Zierman’s is not a story with a happy, evangelical return, and instead one about the rage a young woman might feel about being swindled by evangelical youth culture. She is a writer to watch and this is a book to savor to the very last page. Agent: Janet Kobobel Grant, Books & Such Literary Agency. (Oct.)

 
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