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This Dark World: A Memoir of Salvation Found and Lost
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A riveting memoir of one woman's immersion into Fundamentalist faith and her decision, twenty years later, to leave it all behind.
Carolyn Briggs grew up with modest means in the Iowa heartland. Pregnant at seventeen, married a few months later, by the age of eighteen she found herself living in a trailer with no plans beyond having more babies-until she found Jesus. It began innocently enough-a few minutes lingering on the televangelist stations, a cursory look at the Bible-and soon she had wholly given herself over to a radical, apocalyptic New Testament church. Her daily life was permeated with a sense of the divine-she spent hours a day in prayer and Bible study, wore modest clothing, even braced herself for the Rapture every time she heard trumpet music over the supermarket loudspeaker. It was only when her marriage began to unravel that Carolyn dared to question the religious dogma she had embraced for all of her adult life to date.
Beautifully written and powerfully told, this memoir is a fascinating look at the nature of faith and the inspiring story of one woman's struggle to find her place in the world.
"What makes This Dark World an exceptional book is that as clear-eyed as Briggs is about her experience (she was a deeply religious Christian for more than 20 years), she also fully understands the ways in which her religion benefited and enriched her. Anyone can reject true believers as mindless Bible thumpers, but Briggs never takes that route; her hard-earned sophistication about spiritual matters isn't hollow." Stephanie Zacharek, Salon.com (read the entire Salon review)
Beautifully written and powerfully told, this memoir is a fascinating look at one woman's immersion into fundamentalist faith and her decision, 20 years later, to leave it all behind.
About the Author
Carolyn S. Briggs received her B.A. and MFA at the University of Arkansas. She teaches composition and creative writing in Des Moines, Iowa, where she lives with her husband.
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