Carly Gelsinger is an awkward and lonely thirteen-year-old when she stumbles into Pine Canyon Assemblies of God, the cracked stucco church on the outskirts of her remote small town. She assimilates, despite her apprehensions, because she is desperate to belong. Soon, she is on fire for God. She speaks in tongues, slays demons, and follows her abusive pastors every wordand it...
|Title||:||Once You Go In: A Memoir of Radical Faith|
|Number of Pages||:||245 pages|
Once You Go In: A Memoir of Radical Faith Reviews
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A very well-written story about breaking the chains of a hostile church and finding one's truth.
Carly Gelsinger is a dedicated young woman "ON FIRE" for Jesus. When she joins Pine Canyon Church, a radically Pentecostal church, she begins to experience a feeling of acceptance and purpose. She feels God speaking to her, through her, around her. Carly feels that she has found whe ...more
This memoir is such a captivating story about faith and triumph over fear. It’s a compassionate and gripping telling of a girls grasp on faith and how a horrible tragedy leads her back to faith. It’s a real interesting story to read and it leaves you wanting to read it until the very end. You cannot put it down. Carly does a great story telling of her own ordeals and it’s just a fabulous read.
Carly Gelsinger’s Once You Go In: A Memoir of Radical Faith was a whole lot more than I bargained for when I began reading this next stop in the BookSparks #MagicOfMemoir blog tour. Carly’s tale or joining, growing up in and finally leaving the Pine Canyon Assembly Of God Church is like watching a car crash in slow motion, and then being able to watch it all go back to the way it was in reverse.
As an impressionable preteen Carly joined the local Assembly of God Church. At first the kind of fait ...more
I will never get over how similar my story is to Carly. Knowing I wasn't alone in the absolute insane church experiences I had from ages 15-25 is so, so nice.
Another interesting read on the Bookspark's Magic of Memoir Tour! I'm always intrigued by cults and radical religions. This one was told from the perspective of a teenage girl who initially looks to religion to find friendship. While she tries to immerse herself in the Pentecostal church (including conforming to the rules, speaking in tongues, and trying to convert others) she finds herself struggling with her beliefs and commitment to the church. It was fascinating to learn about radical faith ...more