Monday, April 21, 2014
Review: Rapture Practice
Rapture Practice by Aaron Hartzler
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Aaron Hartzler grew up in a very strict home. Church was attended twice on Sunday, on Wednesday and any other religious holidays. The family did not own a television and they did not go to the movies. While he was growing up, Aaron couldn’t wait for The Rapture, the time when Jesus would return and take the believers to Heaven. As he grew older, he began to question the beliefs taught him and push the limits of what would be considered acceptable behavior. Everything he did he did in secret and the consequences when caught became more severe.
Rapture Practice is a coming-of-age memoir that has many biblical truths, yet can lead readers on the wrong path. Readers who are coming from a similar background will find strength in the stories, those who are from a religious home (yet not so strict) will see the flaws within, but my biggest fear is that an unbeliever will read this book and think that all Christian households are similar. If an unbeliever were to read this memoir I believe they may be pushed further off the path since the author never discovers truth faith on his own. That is not a spoiler since the subtitle gives away the ending. Although the book is well written and the biblical questioning is common among those growing up in the church, I cannot recommend this book to a wide audience.
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