Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Review: Faith and Other Flat Tires (a memoir) by Andrea Palpant Dilley


Book Summary:
 At age twenty-one,Andrea Palpant Dilley stripped the Christian fish decal off her car bumper in a symbolic act of departure from her religious childhood. At age twenty-three, she left the church and went searching for refuge in the company of men who left her lonely and friends who pushed the boundaries of what she once held sacred.
 In this deeply personal memoir, Andrea navigates the doubts that plague believers and skeptics alike: Why does God allow suffering? Why is God so silent, distant, and uninvolved? And why does the church seem so dysfunctional?
 Yet amid her skepticism, she begins to ask new questions: Could doubting be a form of faith? Might our doubts be a longing for God that leads to a faith we can ultimately live with?


About the Author:
Andrea Palpant Dilley grew up in Kenya as the daughter of Quaker missionaries and spent the rest of her childhood in the Pacific Northwest. She studied English Literature and writing at Whitworth University. Her work as a writer has appeared in Rock and Sling, Geez, and Utne Reader, as well as the anthology Jesus Girls: True Tales of Growing up Female and Evangelical. Her work as a documentary producer has aired nationally on American Public Television. She lives with her husband and daughter in Austin,Texas.

My Review:
To be completely and totally honest this book scared me a little. Because the whole time I'm reading it I'm wondering is my fourteen year old daughter going to think the same way. We all as some point in our lives thought our parents know absolutely nothing and they are quite embarrassing. But to go to the extent that the author did. Wow! And the way she remembers things in her childhood. Some of the things that the authors parents did and said and how they raised their children are almost identical to the way my husband and I raise our children. I read my daughter the part of the authors brother having to give up his pants to a hitchhiker and we both agreed we probably wouldn't of went to the extent that her parents did. But I can totally see where they were coming from. Trying to raise your children in a sinful world is not the easiest thing to achieve. I feel like they were doing the best they could. And even though Andrea seen alot of hard things at her age I really wish my children could of had some of the same experiences. I really enjoyed the book so much so that I would like to have a giveaway. So if you are interested leave a quick note in the comments below along with your email address. And I will pick a winner on July 4th.

*Disclaimer* I was provided with this book for free in exchange for my honest review from Handlebar Marketing.