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This true story follows a shy Midwestern boy who enjoys an almost idyllic adolescence of tranquil Americana; he seems to have the world at his feet, including a picturesque girlfriend, until his arrival at an esteemed university unexpectedly brings him to an evangelical Bible study. There, a rigid presentation of Christianity challenges his understanding of the secular world he knows and loves. As the young student tries to reconcile a growing desire to believe in God, with the prospect of hell and the restrictive teachings of a new church, the daunting prospect of giving up everything he knows as normal a€”from sex to literature - becomes almost paralyzing. The young man desperately tries to separate opinion from grounded truth in order return to the world he once knew, without compromising a God he is trying to understand. Ironically, as the young student contemplates giving up the world to save his soul, his internal struggle is accompanied by a vivid global journey among intensely secular backdrops and personalities, as he searches for a career and his own truth. From a rose-haired, Bohemian Manhattanite, a cocaine-laced model in a pre-Katrina New Orleans, to unexpected friends in Europea€™s elite jet-set, old and new figures often called sinners intervene along an unplanned odyssey from Chicago to Istanbul to peel away false internal fear, to a balanced a€œoutsidea€ world a€” dripping of life and love.I think I ended up sitting at the end of a table with old six grade mates that now seemed as far away as everyone else. ... My morning Spanish class was more hilarious by the week, a cast of characters that included Amy Jameson, a girl from Furlough who had ... It was like there was some gapping hole out of a Legoa#39;s instruction book I had somehow missed, and everyone else was like six steps ahead.

Author:Jack Donovan
Publisher:iUniverse - 2010-10


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