Like many young adults, Kat Banakis struggled to decide how her Christian faith would shape her adult life. Banakis's debut book follows her funny, quirky, wobbly, messy wanderings while helping you reflect on your own faith journey. Bubble Girl seamlessly weaves together iconic tales of those in their twenties and thirties-isolation, unemployment, virtual (and real) relationships, and rodent infestations-with theological reflection. Take a solo journey or grab some friends and use Bubble Girl's discussion questions to take the road trip together.
"Off-beat...quirky...candid, but not self-indulgent...well-written...The words all fit Bubble Girl perfectly. And what they are describing is one of the best, kindest, gentlest, most informative introductions to theology and to the faith of the young-to-middle-aged Christian that I have ever seen. This is one book that should be read both by individuals who love a good read and also by study groups who seek a cordial understanding of what the Church is."
-Phyllis Tickle, author of Emergence Christianity
"Kat Banakis has written a memoir that is too funny to be called 'spiritual.' I did, I really did, laugh out loud....Banakis is very smart, and very honest, and this memoir will help you understand a full call and a full life."
-Nora Gallagher, author of Moonlight Sonata at the Mayo Clinic
"Banakis's humor, transparency, and honesty resonate across generations, while also offering a lucid window into the state of postmodern American young adulthood as it wrestles with faith, organized religion, and even our traditional archetypes of God, gender, and family. But ultimately, as Banakis says, this is a love story between a young woman and God."
-Christian Piatt, creator/editor of the Banned Questions book series and author of PregMANcy: A Dad, a Little Dude and a Due Date
"Kat Banakis's book matters because it's not just her story: it's our story, and the story of what it means to be a person of faith (or not) at this moment....There is a 'Bubble Girl' in all of us, and Kat has the temerity to name this, and to allow us to chuckle as we recognize what's really real in her life and our own."
-Anne S. Howard, executive director of The Beatitudes Society