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Rapture Practice Hardcover – April 9, 2013
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The author's writing is spare and beautiful; very matter-of-fact yet strangely insightful. I also very much enjoyed his witty take on practices and beliefs that I recall very clearly from my childhood and adolescence. And I suspect that readers who don't share this common background will nevertheless find the book worthwhile and useful in understanding a certain way of living (or being raised) that is really quite odd and inexplicable.
My only complaint, and it's a slight one, is that the book ends too early in the author's life (high school graduation). I'd like to know how the story continues -- how the character at the end of the story became the author who could write this tender, reflective autobiography. So, the author should write a sequel. I'd also love to know what his parents think of the book (will they read it? discuss it with him?).
I also grew up in a religious Christian family and though my parents, thankfully, weren't so strict, I have often come into contact with people who believe in the ways of Aaron's parents and school administration. I could so identify with Aaron because his reaction to so much of what he saw in his life was my reaction. I often felt I was reading a more articulate version of my experience. The book is extremely well written for someone who doesn't have a background in writing (He's an actor and musician), but he manages to express so much of what I felt as a teenager in an engaging and intelligent way.Read more ›
Few books can make me run the gamut of emotions in one sitting, but this book did. I laughed, cried, and felt humiliation and anger right along with young Aaron. Maybe part of the reason this book resonates with me is because, in part, I lived many of these experiences. However, I think this story is universal.
It isn't just a story about growing up gay (in fact, that plays a very small role in the overall scheme of things) or growing up in a strict religious family/community. This is a story about discovering yourself, discovering you have your own mind, and your own desires and choices to make. It's also a story about discovering that your parents are very human and flawed, but that despite that, despite differences that may take us very far away from what our parents want for us...there can still be great love and affection and ultimately acceptance.
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Gay or straight, if you grew up in an Evangelical (of any stripe) family / church / school / region / culture you will enjoy this memoir by Aaron Hartzler. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Joseph Peters-Mathews
It's probably more honest to say I found this book to be a solid 3.5.
This is a great example of something that is incredibly well written. Read more
Put your expectations aside and slip into the formative years of a young man as he develops a foothold on adult life. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Brian Stanfill
The depictions of the family relationship are warm, sympathetic, and interesting. But I was disappointed that the book ended before he actually came out. Read morePublished 7 months ago by dawnwich
Just finished this - not necessarily what I was expecting.
Hartzler seems like a nice guy. Read more
“It all begins with the story you’re telling yourself,” says Aaron Hartzler as he justifies his young life & lessons learned, as a subjective reminder of sorts to pay attention to... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Jack
Totally worth your time, even if you are not a very religious person, this book has many morals and values.Published 9 months ago by Tressa Beatty
I can't really give an objective review of this book, because it's my book.
I didn't write it, but I lived it. Read more
I adored this book! So beautifully written, but speaks volumes to those of us who grew up in the 80's and 90's in strict religious schools. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Brett Whitmarsh