I cried reading the author's acknowledgments. That's some good writing, eh?
ETA: I forgot to mention the friendships in my original review.I cried reading the author's acknowledgments. That's some good writing, eh?
ETA: I forgot to mention the friendships in my original review. Along with the literary references (and all the U2!), I loved Weber's portrayal of her friendships. They were so beautiful and honest and read. Her relationships with Edward and Hannah in particular were engaging. Surprsingly, Weber's relationship with TDH was one of the less-memorable parts of the book (though that sounds harsh as I type it). Books make me so sentimental!
Though I started with a heave heart and was hunting for some theological inconsistencies which would allow me to place Weber in the "other" camp than mine, the slow crescendo of the story softened my heart. There were some differences, to be completely candid, but it didn't seem to matter by the end of the story. Weber's vast literary references and gently crafted phrases requested that I stop to sigh more than once while reading this memoir and the sighs only grew richer as the story continued.
This book was important to my spirit. I remember what it felt like to be a new believer and to be so full of desire for God. In fact, may God have mercy on this old complacent soul. Growing up in church and experience an early "coming to faith" is both beneficial and challenging. Sometimes I'm jealous of my friends who have dramatic coming-of-faith stories from their adulthood. How powerful that is! How sure they must feel that their decisions weren't muddied by hormones or peer pressure or family expectations. (Of course those things can still be factors for adults, and God's grace and mercy are bigger than that, anyway.)
This book was also important to my mind. 2012 has been a renaissance of learning for me. I'm hungry for more scripture but also for more poetry and prose of all sorts, from Homer to Rumi to Keats to Lewis and beyond.
I may add this to the top=ten list, but perhaps I should sleep on it first. :)...more