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Picking Dandelions: A Search for Eden Among Life's Weeds

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Sarah Cunningham, a moderate middle-class white girl who grew up in the Michigan countryside, speaks about God with humor and honesty more characteristic of liberal west-coast writers in this Picking Dandelions Ebook.
In this warm and witty memoir, she describes finding and keeping a personal faith in the quirky settings of her ultra-Christian childhood. Whether recounting
Kindle Edition, 225 pages
Published (first published January 22nd 2010)
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I have been reading many Christian non-fiction pieces lately and I stumbled upon Cunningham. I finished this book in two days, in between working and other things, because I kept expecting something out of it...but it never came. Cunningham is a lovely writer. But sometimes she gets too caught up in metaphors and ends up describing the subject of the metaphor in greater detail than the subject itself. This grew to be distracting at times. Also, the structure of Eden that she uses throughout her ...more
Keiki Hendrix
“A memoir for the rest of us. No great shocking conversion, just the beauty of simply belief”

Picking Dandelions is a memoir, a perspective of the life of Sarah Cunningham. Beginning with her conversion story, traveling on with her through the crazy growing up days, and ending up in a place where she looks back on her life to see the hand of God, the reader finds wit, wisdom, humor, and delight.

These are the stories of faith I enjoy reading. Give me your ordinary life with your ordinary faith and
Kimberly Simpson
I absolutely adore this author's writing style!! It was simple, smart and funny all at the same time. Loved this memoir.

One of my favorite quotes, "Apparently, even when you do everything in your power to propel yourself in a certain direction, the wind doesn't always cooperate with your deepest desires. Sometimes it just moves the way it wants to. And then one day, when you're quiet, and you accept where the gust is taking you, you gradually learn to trust that the force behind the wind knows b
I have to admit, I’m a fiction fan. This is the first memoir I have read that wasn’t assigned for a school project. That being said I fell in love with this book. Sarah has a way of telling her story that makes you feel like you have been there every step of the way. As she walks us through her childhood I was brought back to that same time in my life. How many of us jumped from rock to rock to avoid the lava in the yard? Did you sit in on, what my mom called “grown-up” meetings, and sneakily ma ...more
I enjoy having the opportunity to read new books, and lately I've been seeking more non-fiction to read. I found that Sarah Cunningham's writings were being compared to Donald Miller, so her newest book , Picking Dandelions, caught my interest.

Sarah begins the story with her early Christian conversion, and how she learned to keep growing as a Christian throughout her life into adulthood. The stories are a collection of events that range from her experience of 9/11 to her job as a teacher. The
"Pushing Dandelions: A Search for Eden Among Life's Weeds" is a memoir of Sarah Cunningham, who has previously published a book called "Dear Church: Letters from a Disillusioned Generation." Ever since reading "Dear Church", I've wanted to read more from Sarah because I connected so much with her first book. And I guess I was hoping to find out more of the story behind that book.

But that isn't what I found in reading "Picking Dandelions." Instead I found a story, still similar to mine, but diver
"Picking Dandelions" is a funny and touching collection of stories about Sarah Cunningham's ever-evolving faith. Growing up as a pastor's child, Sarah had an easy-going childhood with a loving family. But as she grew older, she started seeing more and more weeds--hypocritical Christians, church politics, her own selfishness--pop up in her perfect little Eden. But with each challenge, she learns to rely on the goodness of God. If you love stories about keeping faith amid real-life issues, you'll ...more
This is a delightful book and I laughed a lot. The writing is fresh and original. The author shares experiences growing up in church and her search for a deeper relationship with God. She shares her memoirs with ingenuousness. Many readers will identify with her childhood experiences—either from the child or the parent persepective. This book is great read for Christians and seekers alike. It is an honest look at growing in God.
This book just came out yesterday. It was written by one of my best friends, who also happens to be one of the greatest people I know. I am going to open it tonight and sure I will finish it in one sitting. This is her second book and I am sure it will be just as good as her first.
If you like Anne Lamott, Elizabeth Gilbert, Kath. Norris, pick up Sarah Cunningham's new memoir. A departure from her first collection of essays about organized religion, this series of stories about growing up in ultra-religious territory is funny, witty, and intelligent.
Great read. Sarah's Cunningham's memoir will be released on Monday, February 1, 2010. I will be posting my review of the book on the devotional blog:

Check the site on Feb 1st for my thoughts.
Details the authors journey towards happiness and fullfillment and the role of God in her life and His ever changing influence in her life from youth to adulthood.

I liked it.
This is a really good memoir. I was expecting something a little more didactic, but this is a good book with some good life illustrations.
I'll be posting my review on July 21 as part of Sarah Cunningham's blog tour:
Wow. Well-written and made me think. Highly recommended.
A spiritual Erma Bombeck. Humorous and touching.
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