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Rapture of Canaan by Sheri Reynolds
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May 29, 2007

really liked it
bookshelves: psychology-sociology, dystopia

The first time I read the words

"The Church of Fire and Brimstone and God's Almighty Baptizing Wind"

I knew this would be a book with a significant emotional toll. But it's so, so worth it. It is a good writer who can dress a character in cruel acts and still make him sympathetic.

This coming-of-age story takes place in an extremely strict, Baptist-offshoot commune. At first, the rigidity of Ninah's life and family is shocking and uncomfortable to read about, but it soon becomes clear that the people of Fire and Brimstone are not mindless indoctrinated drones - they lie, they rebel, they subvert, they question, they hope, they love, they change.

The best part of this book is the confusion Ninah feels as she questions her beliefs for the first time. It feels real, and universal. I'm willing to bet all of us have had similar dialogues with ourselves, trying to separate our own thoughts from those that have been planted in us from childhood.
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