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A River Could Be a Tree

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How does a woman who grew up in rural Indiana as a fundamentalist Christian end up a practicing Jew in New York? Angela Himsel was raised in a German-American family, one of eleven children who shared a single bathroom in their rented ramshackle farmhouse in Indiana. The Himsels followed an evangelical branch of Christianity—the Worldwide Church of God—which espoused a doo ...more
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published November 13th 2018 by Fig Tree Books LLC
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Elyse Walters
Jul 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
In Angela Hemsil’s memoir I learned more about Fundamentalists Christianity - in detail - from Angela’s childhood -the evangelical branch of Christianity - The World Wide Church of God - that I may ever want to know in a lifetime.

Angela was raised in Indiana- a German American Family. She was one of 11 children. Their family lived in rented ramshackle farmhouse with only one bathroom.

We get a lot of family background about each of her parents & grandparents....and a close inside look at th
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Rebecca
From rural Indiana and an apocalyptic Christian cult to New York City and Orthodox Judaism by way of studies in Jerusalem: Himsel has made quite the religious leap. She was one of 11 children born to a Catholic and a Lutheran, both of German heritage, and grew up in the Worldwide Church of God. This was an apocalyptic cult whose charismatic leader was later exposed for financial and sexual peccadilloes – a trajectory that reminded me very much of the Exclusive Brethren story line in Rebecca Stot ...more
Jessica Pratezina
Sep 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a book about what happens when you can’t go home again. It’s about losing the faith of childhood, going on a journey, and finding home in a surprising place.

This is a thoughtful, kind and intellectual retrospective on a long journey. Angela was raised in an intense, world-rejecting fringe religion in small town Indiana. Over the course of many years, her world expands to the point that her faith must transition into something new. This story is about the complex relationships between par
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DOUG
Sep 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
As a fundamental Christian, a believer in Christ & the Holy Bible, I found reading this book to be a page turner in being hopeful that Angela would finally understand the simplicity of becoming a Christian. Not based on legalistic ideas of doing good works, wearing certain clothing, no make- up, required church attendance & giving, searching for the Holy Spirit, and especially not following a cult leader and founder of the Worldwide Church of God, led by a deceptive man, Herbert W. Armst ...more
Ruby
Dec 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Disclosure -- I know Angela as she is a member of our synagogue. I knew she was a convert but never knew this whole story which is beyond fascinating. Her religious knowledge is amazing and her journey is an eye-opening experience for people of all faiths. Her ability to share her thoughts and experiences was a beautiful read and experience.
Gil Roth
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You can find my podcast conversation with the author at http://chimeraobscura.com/vm/episode-...
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