When We Were on Fire
A Memoir of Consuming Faith, Tangled Love, and Starting Over
This book can be downloaded and read in Apple Books on your Mac or iOS device.
In the strange, us-versus-them Christian subculture of the 1990s, a person’s faith was measured by how many WWJD bracelets she wore and whether he had kissed dating goodbye.
Evangelical poster child Addie Zierman wore three bracelets asking what Jesus would do. She also led two Bible studies and listened exclusively to Christian music. She was on fire for God and unaware that the flame was dwindling—until it burned out.
Addie chronicles her journey through church culture and first love, and her entrance—unprepared and angry—into marriage. When she drops out of church and very nearly her marriage as well, it is on a sea of tequila and depression. She isn’t sure if she’ll ever go back.
When We Were on Fire is a funny, heartbreaking story of untangling oneself from what is expected to arrive at faith that is not bound by tradition or current church fashion. Addie looks for what lasts when nothing else seems worth keeping. It’s a story for doubters, cynics, and anyone who has felt alone in church.
Thank you, Addie
This is one of the most honest books I’ve ever read. I found my story in this story multiple times. I’m not much of a reader, but once I picked this up, I was unable to put it down until I finished that day. It is the perfect book for the person who feels themselves slipping into cynicism as a result of Church People, and for the people who have already dived in completely to cynicism.