Rapture Practice (2020)

Rapture Practice Aaron Hartzler Rapture Practice What happens when the person you re becoming isn t the one your family wants you to be When Aaron Hartzler was little he couldn t wait for the The Rapture that moment when Jesus would come down from
  • Title: Rapture Practice
  • Author: Aaron Hartzler
  • ISBN: 9780316094658
  • Page: 226
  • Format: Hardcover
Rapture Practice Aaron Hartzler What happens when the person you re becoming isn t the one your family wants you to be When Aaron Hartzler was little, he couldn t wait for the The Rapture that moment when Jesus would come down from the clouds to whisk him and his family up to heaven But as he turns sixteen, Aaron grows curious about all the things his family forsakes for the Lord He begins to reWhat happens when the person you re becoming isn t the one your family wants you to be When Aaron Hartzler was little, he couldn t wait for the The Rapture that moment when Jesus would come down from the clouds to whisk him and his family up to heaven But as he turns sixteen, Aaron grows curious about all the things his family forsakes for the Lord He begins to realize he doesn t want Jesus to come back just yet not before he has his first kiss, sees his first movie, or stars in the school play.Whether he s sneaking out, making out, or playing hymns with a hangover, Aaron learns a few lessons that can t be found in the Bible He discovers that the girl of your dreams can just as easily be the boy of your dreams, and the tricky part about believing is that no one can do it for you.In this funny and heartfelt coming of age memoir, debut author Aaron Hartzler recalls his teenage journey from devoted to doubtful, and the search to find his own truth without losing the fundamentalist family who loves him.
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  1. Jeff Erno

    As a former born again Baptist who attended a Christian parochial school and Bible college, and as a gay man who started to figure out while in my teens that in spite of all I d been taught to believe, I am homosexual, this story really resonated with me The details contained within this story probably would be shocking to most readers The attitudes and platitudes and unbelievable stupidity and prejudice that spews from the mouths of those who truly believe would seem absurd to most readers The [...]

  2. Katy Jane

    1 First things first I m a Christian I believe that to get to Heaven you must be saved And I believe that marriage is intended for one man and one woman That being said, I loved this book and if I could rate it higher than a 5, I would I thought about this book all day when I wasn t reading it and then at night I stayed up way past my bedtime to finish it.2 Whether you have the same beliefs as Aaron or his parents or are a Christian and aren t as strict as Aaron s parents, this book will probabl [...]

  3. Japhy Grant

    Aaron Hartzler s true life story set in the buckle of the Bible Belt is both a revealing portrait of Evangelical life in America and a hilarious coming of age story that readers young and old will find much to relate to The son of a preacher who s family life consists of singing the praises of Jesus each Sunday and making cakes that use Ding Dong s to represent the stone that was rolled away from the Savior s tomb, Aaron finds himself torn between his desire to make his parents happy and the gro [...]

  4. Bill

    I was blown away by this memoir There is humor and heart and pain and moments where I noticed that my jaw had actually, literally dropped Without giving anything away, I will say that there is a spanking scene in the later part of the book that left me absolutely stunned What I loved about this debut is that it is beautifully rendered from the standpoint of character creation Aaron is extraordinarily generous to his characters, which is something that pleased me Very often in books written about [...]

  5. Kelly

    Fantastic memoir about growing up in a conservative Christian household when you don t prescribe to all of the beliefs your family does It s funny, and it s so respectful and thoughtful about the way faith plays into people s lives That last chapter is magnificent Just an all around satisfying read What a GREAT example of how a teen memoir can work.

  6. Nina

    This picked me right up and out of my ten day book slump no easy feat.This is the second memoir I ve read in 2014 here s the one New Year s resolution I m managing to keep so far and only the fifth in my entire life, but that s not the reason why I feel like I ve really stepped out of my comfort zone by reading it.I m an agnostic atheist, and I swear I try so very hard to be open minded, respectful and accepting, but I just get very antsy when I read about religion, because it makes me feel as i [...]

  7. Mary Christensen

    For those of us who lived it, this book is painfully familiar It s the story of childhood warped by religion, of political conservatism, bigotry, and bullying taught to children under pseudonyms like love, praise, and forgiveness The scenes of the author s childhood are spot on My blood boiled with his simple, clear stories about the unfairness of totalitarian parents and unethical religious recruiting Unfortunately, the last third of the book makes compromises The author works too hard to lay n [...]

  8. Patricia

    Read for Librarian Book GroupI don t have children myself, but I imagine that one of the many things that parents feel a general sense of terror about is what if my child doesn t share my values I mean, here they ve given birth to them or possibly adopted them and raised them with all the values and supports of the life they have built for themselves and what if, despite all that nurturing and good examples and shared DNA, their child turns and heads down a different path, perhaps one they don t [...]

  9. Jenni Frencham

    Aaron details his life in a fundamentalist Christian family, including attending a private Christian school, participating in neighborhood Good News club, and eventually questioning everything he s been taught.I really enjoyed the first 3 4 of this book I started reading it on my break at work and picked it up again as soon as I got home The stories Aaron tells are so similar to what I experienced that I was interested to see how he escaped and how his family reacted.But when Aaron gets in troub [...]

  10. TinaB

    This was an ok book, not really specific about how his family is handling things, and for the most part the book really doesn t address the gay point, but tends to be a very quiet look into a very strict religious upbringing that is almost laughable Most will find the parenting this boy suffered ridiculous, for sure the reader will be sympathetic to heartbreaks Aaron suffered Not everything was ridiculous though, some of rules, guidelines were just very old fashion like think 70 s parenting and [...]

  11. Wealhtheow

    The memoir of growing up in a strict Baptist household Hartzler conveys the terror of Hell and breaking the rules that his parents church school camp taught, but he also gives us scenes of joy and family togetherness It s a nuanced description than I think most people would be able to give.I didn t love this there isn t much of a driving force to this book, and Hartzler isn t much of a writer But he describes his changing mindset and the evangelical context well.

  12. Charity

    This book is a revelation for me I mean, I saw myself in these pages, I relived parts of my own childhood between these lines So much of it was familiar to me to such a high degree that I would cringe, or smile, as the memories rose up all around me I couldn t help but compare my life to Aaron s, my family to his, because I can t escape the feeling that I ve lived this life Not exactly, sure, but he gave words to emotions and experiences I don t know if I could have ever described And the impact [...]

  13. Michael

    We may disagree about where the truth lies,but somewhere in the midst of the questions, if we fight for each other instead of against each other, our love will bring us here to a quiet place of transcendent beauty, to a simple moment of elegance a moment I now understand has a name Grace I can t find the words to share this with my dad I m not sure how to tell him to all these things inside my heart I don t know if he ll ever understand them the way I do This quote is like a memoir of my own li [...]

  14. Louise Rozett

    I really loved this book This is a YA memoir about a boy growing up in a deeply religious household, who struggles to find his own identity and connection to faith as he begins to realize that he does not believe everything his beloved parents believe It is entertaining, funny, powerful, infuriating and moving all at once I m ready for the sequel, Aaron Hartzler

  15. Tim Federle

    Adored an advanced copy of this book Turned nearly everything I thought I knew and had decided about organized religion upside down and back again Written in the very best tradition of truth is stranger than fiction, RAPTURE PRACTICE make you look at family and faith with new, sometimes watery, eyes.

  16. Jbb Lim

    I really love this book I do This book speaks to me in so many ways I am also brought up in a very strict Christian family background but never like this This book makes me raged all the time No offense to the author because he delivered what he really went through as a child and a teenager which I can very much relate to.Well, you can really sense that Aaron is going to bring us into a roller coaster journey in his memoir and it s gonna be a wild ride From the very beginning, while reading the [...]

  17. Karen.s

    Aaron Hartzler grew up in an extremely conservative Christian family that did not have a tv, go to movies or listen to music Even contemporary Christian rock because you can t mix God s words with the Devil s beat However, as he gets older he begins to question these beliefs He begins to love rock music because it makes him feel happy and he can t understand how that can be a sin Aaron participates in church services, teaches Good News children s group, acts in his Christian private school elabo [...]

  18. thefourthvine

    I am definitely the wrong audience for this book, but I still liked it I liked what Hartzler did with it, and I liked how he pitched it directly to his audience there are passages that read to me like a whistle only his target audience can hear And, let me repeat, that target audience does not include me I think the ideal reader for this book is a teenager from a very Christian family, someone who is struggling with faith and family that feels like a straitjacket Since I am actually a middle age [...]

  19. Adam Silvera

    ORIGINALLY REVIEWED ON SHELF AWARENESS Aaron Hartzler s memoir will captivate teens looking for a solid coming of age story grounded in strange truths about growing up in a religious family Aaron s parents believe in heaven and hell, and that Jesus will one day return to transport believers to heaven At six years old, Aaron isn t concerned about being left behind when the Rapture happens, because he s already accepted Jesus into his heart just as his conservative parents expect of him Aaron s yo [...]

  20. A.

    Blogged this hereRapture Practice is a YA memoir about the author s struggles as a teenager to find his place in his conservative religious family.This is an absolutely stunning book Every page is so vivid and realistic, it s almost like the author actually had his teenaged self write this book Even though I am not white, male, Christian, or gay, and let s face it, I m definitely not a teenager any I found this book so heartfelt, engaging, and most of all relatable I have no idea how the author [...]

  21. Gremlin

    There s no question that this tale is a compelling one A young man grows up in a devoutly religious home and as he reaches his teenage years he begins to grapple with his understanding of the world and what is right for his soul Not to mention the slow discovery of truth about his sexuality There were so many good difficult moments in the book many of which were very close to home, for me.However, it tended to run on, a bit, which caused me to like the book, but not love it My random guess is th [...]

  22. Dana

    First of all, this book is about Aaron s life growing up in an evangelical family it is not about his being gay I think that the part about being gay which the author is was added to the title in order to sell books However, the book is mainly about the author s childhood and teen years in a repressive which for Evangelicals would be considered normal Evangelical family Aaron was not allowed to watch tv or drink or listen to popular music or go to movies or do anything that might not make Jesus [...]

  23. Kelsey

    To be completely honest, I may buy 100 copies of this book and hand them out on the street Everyone needs to read Rapture Practice because no matter what you believe or who are are, this book will speak to you on a level that I can t even fathom.I m going to purchase my own copy as soon as possible, and I ve already suggested it to my aunt This book is so special it is unlike anything else It truly deserves 10 stars, 50, 100 all the stars in space is what this book deserves I have never read any [...]

  24. Donna Gephart

    Aaron Hartzler created an exceptional memoir He wrote with a child s innocence, honesty, depth of feelings and questions I felt like I was transported into Hartzler s childhood living room kitchen church high school I learned about a way of life I had not been personally familiar with The insight and understanding was invaluable I was impressed by the author s enduring love for his parents, even though they couldn t find a way to accept him This is than a memoir about growing up gay in an evang [...]

  25. Laura McNeal

    The most piercing line in Aaron Hartzler s harrowing and funny memoir comes at the beginning of chapter one I am four years old, and Dad is teaching me to play dead This is a lesson that Hartzler s dad, a Bible college teacher, will unconsciously reinforce for years and years with nearly disastrous consequences because the only way that a conscientious child can respond to rules that go against his nature is to break them and play dead I recommend this extraordinarily compassionate book to anyon [...]

  26. April

    I am not quite sure why the relationship that other people have with religion fascinates me so much but I am positive that Hartlzer s memoir, Rapture Practice A True Story About Growing Up Gay In An Evangelical Family delivered exactly what I wanted Read the rest of my review here

  27. Nyrae Dawn

    I fell in love with this memoir It was written with heart and humor I felt like I lived all Aaron s experiences in this book His story was told in such an honest way that I don t experience often I highly recommend this book.

  28. Rachael Herron

    I identified with this author so much gay, Pentecostal youth of my own choosing , guilt Lovely writing, gorgeous angst Hartzler is on my auto buy list now.

  29. Rod

    It s not that I didn t like your story or writing style A for comedy and sharing your life journey.But you get 1 star for how you end it, and ZERO stars for not knowing what salvation is the very heart of it i m sure a million people will 5 star it, so my opinion doesn t really matter This romp through a SOON TO BE gay boys youthful rebelliousness has been lived out a multitude of times I doubt it has ever been told in such a fashion as this though.I must confess I read this book trying to find [...]

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