Reading Lately / 5

Monday, April 8, 2013

What do we do with ourselves when we find we have failed to become the adults we dreamed of as pious children? 

How do we react when we discover at the core of faith a knot of contradictions?

These are some of the thought-provoking questions in the final chapter of Joanna Brooks' memoir Book of Mormon Girl, which I finished over the weekend. The early chapters recount stories of her peculiar cultural upbringing, including: a devotion to Marie Osmond's beauty guide, aspirations of BYU campus, funeral potatoes and jello salads, Girls Camp antics, pioneer bonnets and root beer. The book is quick and witty, however Brooks is candid in discussing her faith transitions during the early 90s and then again in 2008. I appreciated the warmth in which she recalls her ancestors and her diligence in ensuring her own complicated faith history is successfully passed to her daughters. Mostly though, I related to her experience moving away from a naive zealot to an individual that grapples with cognitive dissonance; and how, despite the contradictions, she continues to return. Over and over again. Returning to the faith community and culture which she cannot seem to leave.

Next up, John Green's latest award-winning novel. And you, what have you been reading lately?


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