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Rapture Practice

A True Story
Hartzler, Aaron (Book - 2013 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Rapture Practice


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Sometimes salvation is found in the strangest places: a true story. Aaron Hartzler grew up in a home where he was taught that at any moment the Rapture could happen. That Jesus might come down in the twinkling of an eye and scoop Aaron and his family up to heaven. As a kid, Aaron was thrilled by the idea that every moment of every day might be his last one on planet Earth. But as Aaron turns sixteen, he finds himself more attached to his earthly life and curious about all the things his family forsakes for the Lord. He begins to realize he doesn't want the Rapture to happen just yet--not before he sees his first movie, stars in the school play, or has his first kiss. Eventually Aaron makes the plunge from conflicted do-gooder to full-fledged teen rebel. Whether he's sneaking out, making out, or playing hymns with a hangover, Aaron learns a few lessons that can't be found in the Bible. He discovers that the best friends aren't always the ones your mom and dad approve of, and the tricky part about believing is that no one can do it for you. In this funny and heartfelt coming-of-age memoir, debut author Aaron Hartzler recalls his teenage journey to find the person he is without losing the family that loves him. It's a story about losing your faith and finding your place and your own truth--which is always stranger than fiction.
Authors: Hartzler, Aaron
Title: Rapture practice
a true story
Publisher: New York :, Little, Brown and Co.,, 2013.
Edition: 1st ed.
Characteristics: 390 p. ;,22 cm.
ISBN: 031609465X
9780316094658
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Comment by: m2 Report This Jul 28, 2013

Wonderfully, beautifully written memoir that I read in 2 sittings. I woke myself up early one morning to finish it! I agree with Chris Rocks' review -- you end up with respect and even love for his folks despite their (seemingly) abusive demands. A complex nuanced read; you want to read the next installment -- NOW!


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Report This Jul 28, 2013
  • m2 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Wonderfully, beautifully written memoir that I read in 2 sittings. I woke myself up early one morning to finish it! I agree with Chris Rocks' review -- you end up with respect and even love for his folks despite their (seemingly) abusive demands. A complex nuanced read; you want to read the next installment -- NOW!

Report This Jun 13, 2013
  • JCLChrisK rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I think the most impressive thing about this memoir is the way Hartzler is able to communicate both the frustration and sense of oppression he felt growing up in his ultra-conservative household and the love and respect he felt--and continues to feel--for his parents. He struggled with the lack of freedom and choice he felt, particularly the freedom to discover himself and choose who he wanted to be, until--after rebellions large and small--ultimately coming to the conclusion that he couldn't both be himself and live the way his parents wanted him to. Yet he never mocks or dismisses his parents' values and life choices as he writes about them, as he was finally able to find the acceptance for them that he wanted from them. By the end of this book we feel the same ambiguous, conflicted yet positive mix of emotions for them that he does, an impressive writing feat. Oh, and it makes for an engaging, entertaining story.

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