Published: February 6, 2012
Source: Personal Copy/Kindle
Andrea Palpant Dilley was not just raised Christian, she was raised as a daughter of Christian Missionaries (which I think is even more intense than being a Pastor's kid!). Her faith had been the center of her entire life from the moment she was born, through her years living in Kenya as a young child, through her time studying at a Christian university. Still, at age 21, she scraped the Christian Fish decal off the back of her hand-me-down car. And, at age 23, she left the church completely.
Her journey through doubt, following the structure of Pilgrim's Progress, leads her to apathy, inappropriate relationships, questionable choices and severe loneliness. But it also, ultimately, leads her back to her faith.
I tend to read a lot of Christian memoirs--some read just as memoirs and others bring me along on the spiritual journey. Faith and Other Flat Tires is definitely one of the latter. I think that anyone who identifies themselves with a religion, Christian or otherwise, has their times of doubt. I certainly can identify with that and the journey in this memoir definitely reminded me of times in my own life.
I loved Dilley's writing style. There is a trap when writing such an introspective book to go to an extreme--extremely sarcastic, extremely academic, extremely melancholy or some other extreme. Fortunately, Dilley is able to avoid all of those traps.
I have only one tiny complaint--and it is the reason I couldn't give this book 5 stars. This book is mostly written chronologically, but not quite. The times when she looped back in time threw me a bit. I would have rather she had either lined the events in the book up as they happened or had written the entire book in more of a free-form matter.
If you enjoy memoirs or just good writing, or if you are looking for a truly wonderful Christian journey, I highly recommend this book.
I was not solicited for this review and received no compensation. All opinions are mine, and mine alone.
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