Something Other Than God

I find it fascinating to read about different backgrounds and how people change, which is probably why I enjoy memoirs.  If you also enjoy them, I’d recommend Jennifer Fulwiler’s well-written and engaging memoir Something Other Than God: How I Passionately Sought Happiness and Accidentally Found It.

Fulwiler was raised as an atheist and self-identified with that label as an adult.  Her book details, in a thoughtful and often funny way, how she gradually came to change her mind, her ideas about her purpose and goals, and her perspective on many serious issues.

One thing I thought was especially interesting was the author’s thought process as her views changed–and the ways in which her conclusions either differed or were similar to my own.  For example, her concern about people who are Christians but not good people made the idea of purgatory acceptable to her, and writings on the Catholic position on birth control helped to shift her previously pro-choice stance.  As I said earlier in the review, I am always interested to read accounts of people changing their minds on big issues in adulthood.

The memoir is very well structured and well written, and funny.  If you write or want to write memoir, this would be a good example to consider of one way to make the narrative cohesive and readable.


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