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Atheists Who Kneel and Pray

4.27  ·  Rating details ·  8,369 ratings  ·  1,375 reviews
Yara Phillips is a wandering muse.

She dates men who need her, but always moves on to something new, never staying in one place for very long.

David Lisey is in need of a muse.

A talented musician lacking lyrical inspiration. When he first sees her, he knows he's found what he's been looking for.

Yara believes she can give David exactly what he needs to reach his full potentia
ebook, 327 pages
Published July 13th 2017
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Jennifer I think the title can apply to both characters to some extent -- for all the reasons you've just mentioned -- but for me, personally, I think it fits …moreI think the title can apply to both characters to some extent -- for all the reasons you've just mentioned -- but for me, personally, I think it fits Yara the best. This title choice was pretty brilliant, actually. It's the perfect metaphor to symbolize Yara's feelings of unworthiness and her stubborn refusal to accept and trust the man who honestly loves her.


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Colleen Hoover
May 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I haven't actually read this book and I don't plan to. I was on my way to Wal-Mart but I took a wrong turn and ended up here at Goodreads instead. I only clicked 5 stars on this book because I think that's how you get more lives on this game. I'm out of lives. Someone send me some more lives! Please? I'll go give some more books 5 golden stars and hopefully I won't have to start from level one again.

Edited 7/17/17: Are you f*cking kidding me? I just got a new phone and this game was deleted from
Jul 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017-four-stars
4.5 stars!

David’s religion is love.

Yara’s religion is heartache.

Neither is willing to surrender, but religion always requires sacrifice.

Romance lovers rejoice! Tarryn Fisher has taken a bit of a hiatus when it comes to writing romance, but she is back with Atheists Who Kneel and Pray! Fisher has a style that is all her own. Her words are poetic, profound, and make you think and feel. This love story was a complicated one, but it was still very much a love story.

David is a musicia
Jul 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing

So, true story:

9 months ago Tarryn and I were face-timing (as all besties do), she saying random profund things and me giggling and sighing, looking at her perfect hair and perfect face. Suddenly, I blurted:

"Babe, you should know I worship at the shrine of TF"

"Omigosh, Bibi, you just gave me the idea for my next book. I swear you're a genius, my muse, my inspiration. Love you babe!"

So I ask: is it suspicious that she titled her book in honor of my idea? Is it a coincidence that she wr
“You want me to make you fall in love with me, and you’re giving me permission to leave and break your heart?”

Full disclosure, Tarryn Fisher has written my favorite book of all time, Mud Vein, which has unlocked pieces of myself that no other author has ever touched. I have never felt like someone has written a book personally for me more than that book. Tarryn Fisher always makes me feel like all my broken parts are on display, but she somehow makes me feel proud of them. And all of
3 Stars

That cover? Amazing.

Characterization? 5 stars

Writing style? 5 stars

Plot? 1 star

I loved everything about this book until I found out about his 'fiancé'. That pissed me off.

(view spoiler)
Karen Mc
Jul 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing

In one night, I sucked down Tarryn Fisher's words like they were my air to breathe, inhaling Atheists Who Kneel and Pray. Tarryn Fisher breathes life into a story that hits straight to the heart. I knew that only after a few words, this soul-searing story would be MY EVERYTHING and that it was.

I couldn't bring myself to the end that night so I savored that last ten percent the next day....

Then I sat, STUNNED SPEECHLESS, as the full force of this storm of a story HIT ME, this hurricane in words.
Jennifer Kyle
Jul 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs

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This novel is written in Tarryn Fisher’s signature style with writing and quotes only she can deliver. Once again we are gifted a heroine with relationship hang ups and in this story she’s been down this road before.

"Most people move through life looking for some elusive soulmate experience. I am trying my hardest to avoid it. Does that make me fucked up or wise? Who knows, who cares?”

Yara’s used to being the creative type’s muse and when David meets bartender Yar
Sep 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Omg the cover 😍😍😍

In case y'all don't already know, Tarryn Fisher is my best friend. I mean, she doesn't know it yet but that's just a formality. If only she would lift the restraining order, I could plead my case.

Tarryn Fisher is one of my top 10 authors.

I read my first Tarryn novel in 2012, I've now read 10 of her books. More than any other writer.

She is the architect of my most favorite series (Love Me With Lies).

Tarryn creates strong female characters. Women that make you grin slyly out of t
Hulya Kara Yuksel
Jul 28, 2017 rated it liked it
I hated Yara a lot,
I liked David,
and in general I loved the story but unfortunately in the end I didn't enjoy this book way too much...

And I think this is the first time that I hated a fictional character. :( I really tried to understand her why she is pushing away herself from David but I really didn't get her motive... Why didn't she fight for herself and for David too? Why she gave up? :(

Ps. And please don't get me wrong, Tarryn Fisher is one of my favorite authors and I really love her writ
Pearl Angeli
5 Stars!

“So tell me, David Lisey, what's the meaning of love? Enlighten me."

"I've thought about that, actually. It's when you can't get someone out. They crawl inside you and they just live there for the rest of your life.”

Atheists Who Kneel and Pray has rendered me completely and utterly speechless. Tarryn Fisher has spilled her talent all over this book and delivered the story in spades! Her way of writing that is unique, poetic, and all-consuming made it easy for me to get caught
Jul 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Oh my gosh Tarryn you killed me with this one. Athesists Who Kneel and Pray is such a heart-breaking unique and raw love story.

This story makes you FEEL and Tarryn's words are not just WORDS they're a journey that pulls you into the life of LOVE. What it TRULY means to be IN love (not just loving someone).

Hello David... a sexy musician that believes in love who meets Yara a non-believer in love or commitment. 2 + 3 doesn't equal 4......

The chemistry and passion between these two is UNBELIEVAB
An emotional, dynamic, and an all-consuming romance that will bring you to your knees! 

At the risk of being stoned and whipped by my fellow readers, I'm going to be honest and say that I was never one for jumping on the Tarryn Fisher bandwagon. I've read one other book by Ms. Fisher and it was pretty damn EPIC. So why haven't I dropped everything and devoured every single book that she has ever written? I could make excuses and say, I never had the time, or YES, all her books are on my TBR, I ju

You know why I liked this book?


There was so much yearning. And I eat that shit up.

Even though the heroine was a complete narcissist and I wanted to put her and the hero in a choke hold at times, I still really enjoyed this.

I didn’t completely understand Yara. I didn’t get why she did half of the things she did.

But what I did know?

When I had to put this down, I wanted to pick it back up. I wanted to see where this was all going. I speed-read through the last half because I NEEDED to see
Briana Pacheco

I love Tarryn. I never had a problem with her books. Until this one. I'm actually a little confused as to what I read. If the whole Petra thing didn't happen this book probably would've been a solid 3 stars.

Aside from my problems, there were some really great quotes that I loved. And the cover plus the title is badass. Also the song!! THE SONG! I wish I could hear David playing it. <3 <3

"How often do we lie to ourselves and say we don’t care about something when we do?"

"She was here, she had com
Mali Mor ❤️ The Romantic Blogger
What made me to start reading this book was it's name - so poetic and intriguing! ❤ (and because of Tarryn, Dahhh! 👑). Even though I was suspicious at first - NO, it's not a religious book! 😂

Tarryn Fisher is a unique writer... Her books can only be described as a "beautiful mess" (In the best way possible!) and accordingly, this book is about the (very) chaotic relationship between Yara and David. 💥

📚 “𝘠𝘰𝘶 𝘸𝘢𝘯𝘵 𝘮𝘦 𝘵𝘰 𝘮𝘢𝘬𝘦 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘧𝘢𝘭𝘭 𝘪𝘯 𝘭𝘰𝘷𝘦 𝘸𝘪𝘵𝘩 𝘮𝘦, 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘺𝘰𝘶’𝘳𝘦 𝘨𝘪𝘷𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘮𝘦 𝘱𝘦𝘳𝘮𝘪𝘴𝘴𝘪𝘰𝘯 𝘵𝘰 𝘭𝘦𝘢𝘷𝘦 𝘢𝘯𝘥
Sara ➽ Ink Is My Sword
3.5 “Tarryn’s writing is my new crack” Stars

“You don’t forgive because they deserve it. Most of the time they don’t. You forgive to keep your heart soft. To move forward without bitterness. Forgiveness is for you.”


I had so many quotes to chose from 29 to be exact, which are public because damn, her writing is addictive and you should see some, so you may ask me, why this one as your review header? Does it hold special meaning? I really want to tell you bullshi
I just finished reading this book for the second time, and I pretty much agree with everything I said in my original review. I feel like the story itself is probably more of a 4/5 for me this time around but Tarryn’s writing is what makes this book a 5-star all time favorite for me. Her writing is so addictive and it’s just the best. I love Yara and David’s chemistry in this book, it’s one of my favorite romance stories. Yara is a character I love and despise at the same time, but the things I d ...more
Kelly (and the Book Boar)
EDIT: I still haven't read this, but it's only a dolla fiddy right now (9/5/18) if you were waiting for it to be el cheapo.


I'm 93.7% certain this will end up being the EXACT same story the author has already written multiple times before. And yet I will be the first one throwing a punch in order to get my grabby hands all over it. What can I say???? Tarryn Fisher . . . . .

Keep producing covers like that and I'll keep forking over my hard-earned dollars.
Christine (Shh Moms Reading)
Jun 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017-top-fave
Full review now posted 7/13

Tarryn Fisher is known to write different, out of the box stories—stories that make you analyze every single word, and stories that you can't forget long after you close the book. Atheists Who Kneel and Pray is no different and quite honestly my favorite TF book to date. If you asked me to compare it to anything out there, you just can't because it's incomparable to none. Tarryn Fisher writes unputdownable book crack and this book gave
I love when Tarryn does romance, It's unlike anything else you'll ever read. She pours her heart and soul into her characters and the evidence is clear in her words. I CRAVE Tarryn's words.

Yara and David are perfectly imperfect characters and I wouldn't have it any other way. Their journey is very far from perfect as well - it's a long and hard journey, so if you're expecting something nice and sweet, think again. If you've ever read a Tarryn Fisher novel, then you know she makes us work for it.
May 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: i-m-in-love
"I’m just a simple man who fell in love with a complex woman."

After finishing this book, I feel like Tarryn Fisher just could be my new guilty pleasure. I ate this book whole, and hell, it felt good. I had seen Fisher's books around here on goodreads, and I have to be honest, the title "Atheists who kneel and pray" got me incredibly curious as to what exactly this book was going to give me. It gave me much.

I didn't expect to get much out of this, but it gave me more feels than I'd set myself up
Pavlina Read more sleep less blog
Such a beautiful and unforgetable story ❤ review to come!!

This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Jul 15, 2017 rated it did not like it
This book. Oh man. This gave me a wave of emotions, and as much as it saddens me to say it, I haven’t disliked a book so much in a long time.

First of all, I felt like it had the EXACT same plot as the love me with lies series (which is an all time favourite of mine!). The whole your-first-love-is-the-greatest theme, the passionate relationship that turns into estranged lovers for a long period of time, with a dramatic yet anticlimactic reunion years later. Yara was Olivia, David was Caleb, Petra
Mikee (ReadWithMikee)
Jul 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
❝ The most twisted thing about being an artist comes when you understand you’re creating for one specific person. The painful part is realizing who that person is, and the devastating part is knowing the compulsion will never go away.❞

Y'all. This book got me fucked up. 😭 I had my doubts about Atheists Who Kneel and Pray and whether or not Tarryn Fisher's books, in general, were for me but I am SOLD. Tarryn just has a way of hooking you into her story and once you're caught, you can n
Jul 15, 2017 rated it liked it
3 stars! Here are my honest thoughts:

I'm clearly the minority here when it comes to this book. I didn't love it. I didn't feel the chemistry between Yara and David. I didn't connect with the characters; I hardly liked Yara and hated Petra. I also didn't like what David did and even though the book didn't evoke any emotions out of me; chapter 41 had me upset- not cool. The second half of the book was better though, but I was still found myself skimming throughout the entire time. I kept putting i
Jul 17, 2017 rated it really liked it

You know why I liked this book?


There was so much yearning. And I eat that shit up.

Even though the heroine was a complete narcissist and I wanted to put her and the hero in a choke hold at times, I still really enjoyed this.

I didn’t completely understand Yara. I didn’t get why she did half of the things she did.

But what I did know?

When I had to put this down, I wanted to pick it back up. I wanted to see where this was all going. I speed-read through the last half because I NEEDED to see
Nenia ✨ I yeet my books back and forth ✨ Campbell

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Tarryn Fisher is a relatively new find for me. The first book of hers I read was MUD VEIN and I really enjoyed the suspense angle, even if it felt over-ambitious and pretentious at times. Then I read MARROW, which was close to perfect: a gritty thriller with a flawed, mor
Jul 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I started reading AWKAP and didn't know what to expect. I did know early on that my heart would never be the same. One thing I can tell you is Tarryn Fisher knows how to write romance. I wish I could read it again for the first time just to experience the feels again. The racing heart that started at like 15% and didn't slow down until the end. The anticipation of what was going to happen next. This story is so beautifully written that you don't realize that Tarryn is toying with your emotions u ...more
Mar 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Erin by: Kendall
Shelves: kobo
5 Where the heck has this author been all my adult life? stars

Well, I wasn't expecting to dive into this book today. But I do this weird thing where I will line up my next couple books and take a sneak peak at their first few pages before getting back to my currently reading selection. Well, a page was all it took to hook me and I am so grateful I already got my to-do list done earlier because it was all about Yara and David for the last two hours.

Honestly, this book was like Celine Dion's Th
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