Something Other Than God

Something Other Than GodSomething Other Than God: How I Passionately Sought Happiness and Accidentally Found ItSomething Other Than God: How I Passionately Sought Happiness and Accidentally Found It by Jennifer Fulwiler by Jennifer Fulwiler

I feel like I talked about this book a ton already last month, so at the risk of annoying everyone with still more about it, here’s a full post on it. 🙂

Fulwiler’s blog is one I read regularly, and so I assumed that I’d enjoy her memoir. What I didn’t expect was just how much I would like it – it wasn’t a rehashing of old blog posts to turn familiar content into a book. There was plenty of new material, and a framing of it that brought me alongside her during her conversion from atheist to Catholic.

I have two slight quibbles with the book: one is that if you’ve read her blog much at all, some of the suspense is missing that you might otherwise feel. I know what’s going to happen with some of the events, so there isn’t any real tension or concern. The second is that I wanted it to continue! Even though I might know the broad outlines, I so enjoyed getting more of the details that I hated to come to the end of her story.

Recommended, if you’re a fan of memoirs, especially ones with a conversion theme.

Publisher’s Description:
Jennifer Fulwiler told herself she was happy. Why wouldn’t she be? She made good money as a programmer at a hot tech start-up, had just married a guy with a stack of Ivy League degrees, and lived in a twenty-first-floor condo where she could sip sauvignon blanc while watching the sun set behind the hills of Austin.

Raised in a happy, atheist home, Jennifer had the freedom to think for herself and play by her own rules. Yet a creeping darkness followed her all of her life. Finally, one winter night, it drove her to the edge of her balcony, making her ask once and for all why anything mattered. At that moment everything she knew and believed was shattered.

Asking the unflinching questions about life and death, good and evil, led Jennifer to Christianity, the religion she had reviled since she was an awkward, sceptical child growing up in the Bible Belt. Mortified by this turn of events, she hid her quest from everyone except her husband, concealing religious books in opaque bags as if they were porn and locking herself in public bathroom stalls to read the Bible.

Just when Jennifer had a profound epiphany that gave her the courage to convert, she was diagnosed with a life-threatening medical condition—and the only treatment was directly at odds with the doctrines of her new-found faith. Something Other Than God is a poignant, profound and often funny tale of one woman who set out to find the meaning of life and discovered that true happiness sometimes requires losing it all.

Book Details

Title: Something Other Than God: How I Passionately Sought Happiness and Accidentally Found ItSomething Other Than God: How I Passionately Sought Happiness and Accidentally Found It by Jennifer Fulwiler
Author: Jennifer Fulwiler
Category: Nonfiction / Memoir
My Rating: 4 Stars

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Comments

  1. I havent read her blog at all, so I will get plenty of that suspense 🙂 This sounds right up my alley as I just finished Atlas Girl

    • Of course I had to go looking up Atlas Girl with that comment. And now I have to add it to my TBR list. 🙂

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