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Addie Zierman

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Addie Zierman is a writer, blogger and fledgling speaker.

She has an MFA from Hamline University and is the author of WHEN WE WERE ON FIRE: A Memoir of Consuming Faith, Tangled Love and Starting Over, due out through Convergent Books on October 15, 2013 (and available for pre-order now!).

Addie is a Diet Coke enthusiast with terrible taste in TV and an endless pile of Books-To-Read. She lives in Minnesota with her husband, Andrew, and her two young sons.

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Gorgeous and fascinating. McLain brought me immediately in to the world of Hemingway and Fitzgerald's Paris, and I did not want to leave when the book was over.
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A good read, though, admittedly, not my favorite of John Green's books. His worldview tends to be a bit more fatalistic than mine, and I knew that going in, but still I found the book to be sad and bordering on the edge of hopelessness. Still -- no o ...more
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The Internet told me that if I liked Gone Girl, I would like this book. WRONG. This book creeped me out. Period.
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The Situation and the Story by Vivian Gornick
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An intelligent comparative study of compelling works of memoir. This small book was a helpful look into what makes the personal memoir work.
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Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell
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I loved the characters and their quirky love story, though the end of the book felt a little rushed and oversimplified to me.
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The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson
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Read this with my husband because he really loves these types of books. I tend to like them less, but I really enjoyed this one. Well-written, thoughtful and inventive.
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The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield
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One of my favorite reads of the summer. Beautifully written, nuanced and dark and mysterious. I was completely hooked into the story and desperately want the author to write another one. Brava!
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“Your life AFTER Christ is not static or an end result. You are not suspended in grace above the fray of life. You are looking at God through a kaleidoscope. Your life moves, and the beads shift, and something new emerges. You are defining. Redefining. Figuring it out all over again. You are in motion, in transit, in flux. You will be sad. You will be happy. You will love and doubt and cry and rage, and all of it matters. You are human, and you are beloved, and this is what it is to be Alive.”
Addie Zierman, When We Were on Fire: A Memoir of Consuming Faith, Tangled Love, and Starting Over

“Without a circle of protective love around us, we are no match for the shadows that stalk toward us in the night”
Addie Zierman, When We Were on Fire: A Memoir of Consuming Faith, Tangled Love, and Starting Over

“Take the word saved as it is used in the evangelical vernacular. It’s true, you are saved by grace, by love, by light … but it’s only half the story. The truth is that there is so much that you’re not saved from. You are not saved from pain or loneliness or the bite of reality sharp against your skin. You’re not saved from rained-out picnics, from disappointment, from the unkindness of strangers. You’re not saved from lost jobs or lost loves or cancer or car accidents. Saved. But they say, It’s not religion, it’s a relationship. They say, God loves the sinner but hates the sin. They say, Let go and let God. And they’re worse than cliché, really. They’re thought-terminating cliché, a term that psychologist, Robert Lifton, coined in his book Thought Reform and the Psychology of Totalism. In this type of cliché, “the most far-reaching and complex of human problems are compressed into brief, highly reductive, definitive-sounding phrases, easily memorized and easily expressed.”
Addie Zierman, When We Were on Fire: A Memoir of Consuming Faith, Tangled Love, and Starting Over

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