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Home Is Always the Place You Just Left: A Memoir of Restless Longing and Persistent Grace
In the tradition of Anne Lamott’s Traveling Mercies, this memoir chronicles one woman’s tumultuous quest for a meaningful faith. With candor and wry wit, Carter recounts her spiritual journey, from her conservative evangelical upbringing, to the struggles and doubts of early adulthood, marriage, and motherhood, to an experience of grace that would bring healing to the ...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published May 1st 2003 by Paraclete Pr
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I was expecting a spiritual memoir similar to "Girl Meets God" by Lauren Winner and was disappointed. There are some great lines in this book, but overall I had a hard time pinpointing Betty's difficulty and how she overcame it. She tends to get fixated on a person and smothers them with attention, wants to be with them continuously, etc. And then, in the last chapter, somehow God has filled the emptiness and all is well. I missed how that transpired. It was enjoyable to compare notes with ...more
i can't remember how this book was recommended to me, but as memoirs go, this is a pretty quick read written by a PK (pastor's kid) who grew up in the Reformed Presbyterian Church. her childhood memories are sharp and often quite poignant, especially as she describes how her relationship to God was formed over the years. although i could relate to some of her experiences, overall, the story lacked a certain amount of focus and narrative structure. Betty's got good stuff to say, sure, but i think ...more