Emily Wierenga. She is a sweet and kind soul who cares deeply. While our theology -- or lack thereof -- doesn't always line up, I can't deny this powerful caring that Emily lives and walks and breathes. I don't just mean in general, either -- I also mean for me, specifically. And that means the world to me.
Emily has a new book out, Atlas Girl. This memoir is the story of Emily's travels as a younger woman, her struggles with anorexia, the church, and family woundings woven in with her exploration of the world.
As a person who carries within her a deep, deep longing for home -- or really, Home, although I don't know what that means or where I might find it, not as surely as I once did -- I appreciate this tale of the tension between running away and homeward yearning. And you know that I love Emily's exploration of doubt and faith, because what is the light without the darkness? And anyway, all life begins in the dark, so I'm glad that more and more faith writers are validating this truth.
If you're interested in reading Atlas Girl: Finding Home in the Last Place I Thought to Look, you can nab a copy here, and add it to your Goodreads shelf here. And if you do, I'd love to know what you think.
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