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Something Other Than God [Kindle Edition]

Jennifer Fulwiler
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Book Description

Jennifer Fulwiler told herself she was happy. Why wouldn’t she be? She made good money as a programmer at a hot tech start-up, had just married a guy with a stack of Ivy League degrees, and lived in a twenty-first-floor condo where she could sip sauvignon blanc while watching the sun set behind the hills of Austin.

Raised in a happy, atheist home, Jennifer had the freedom to think for herself and play by her own rules. Yet a creeping darkness followed her all of her life. Finally, one winter night, it drove her to the edge of her balcony, making her ask once and for all why anything mattered. At that moment everything she knew and believed was shattered.

Asking the unflinching questions about life and death, good and evil, led Jennifer to Christianity, the religion she had reviled since she was an awkward, sceptical child growing up in the Bible Belt. Mortified by this turn of events, she hid her quest from everyone except her husband, concealing religious books in opaque bags as if they were porn and locking herself in public bathroom stalls to read the Bible.

Just when Jennifer had a profound epiphany that gave her the courage to convert, she was diagnosed with a life-threatening medical condition—and the only treatment was directly at odds with the doctrines of her new-found faith. Something Other Than God is a poignant, profound and often funny tale of one woman who set out to find the meaning of life and discovered that true happiness sometimes requires losing it all.

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"This heartfelt book is a lovely account of a spiritual journey and a charming memoir. The author's epiphanies are wonderfully conveyed and will resonate with readers." --Dean Koontz, #1 New York Times Bestselling Author

"Thought-provoking, honest, and often hilarious. It will strike a chord with anyone who ever posed --or tried unsuccessfully to avoid-- the big questions of life." --Gretchen Rubin, New York Times bestselling author, The Happiness Project

"Fulwiler's story of finding God when you aren't looking for Him is a universal tale which will touch many hearts." --Raymond Arroyo, Host of The World Over

About the Author

Jennifer Fulwiler is a programmer-turned-writer who chronicles her experiences of faith and family life on her popular blog, Her articles have also appeared in America, Our Sunday Visitor, Envoy and National Review Online. She has been a guest on the television shows Fox and Friends, Life on the Rock, and The Choices We Face, and and was also the subject of the reality show Minor Revisions. She and her husband, Joe, live in Austin, Texas, with their six young children. 

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  • File Size: 407 KB
  • Print Length: 257 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1586178822
  • Publisher: Ignatius Press (April 29, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00J4VIYJ0
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,725 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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105 of 113 people found the following review helpful
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In Augustine's "Confessions," the first Western autobiography ever written, we discover the probing journey of a brilliant man, traveling through a maze of philosophies before emerging into the light of Christianity. The destination brought him to tears for though he sensed Christianity to be true, it was the last place he expected to turn.

Years later, when Oxford professor C.S. Lewis embarked on his own pursuit of truth, he too ended up at Christianity, converting with great hesitancy: "I gave in, and admitted that God was God ... perhaps that night the most dejected and reluctant convert in all England."

And then there was Jennifer Fulwiler. When Jennifer stood in a Catholic Church on Easter 2007, preparing to become Catholic, there was hardly a more unlikely convert. Born and raised in a skeptical home, which valued Carl Sagan more than Jesus, Jennifer developed an ardent atheism. She rejected God, mocked religion, promoted abortion, and chased happiness above all through pleasure, work, money, and partying.

But then she met Joe. Joe was brilliant. He had multiple degrees from Ivy League institutions and was rapidly climbing the corporate ladder. Yet, strangely, he identified as a Christian. "How could such a smart man believe something so ridiculous?" Jennifer wondered.

That led her to rigorously examine the claims of Christianity, if only to prove them wrong. She gorged on books. She frequented online comment boxes and discussion boards. She even started a blog which invited Christians to counter her atheism. This painstaking research, combined with difficult questions about meaning, death, and existence, slowly led Jennifer to believe that God existed, and even more that Jesus was God in the flesh.
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77 of 83 people found the following review helpful
The thing is I’ve been a believer all my life. I can’t remember a time I didn’t believe in Jesus Christ.

Jen’s story could not be more opposite. She grew up a lifelong atheist. She’s now a Roman Catholic mom of six.

But the thing is, that reading her book reminded me all over again about all the reasons I believe.

Because, faith can get heavy. It can feel sluggish for me. It can feel weird, this thing we believe – this wild story of a God who gave up the universe to reach down for us. A God who let go of His own Son in order to catch us as we were falling.

But Jen’s book – it chronicles that radical grip of grace. From the perspective of a skeptic. A deliberate doubter.

Something Other Than God, shocked me all over again at the deliberate story of a God who is interested in us. All of us. All our weird and quirky, mean, shocking, gorgeous parts. Our bodies and our babies, our love stories, our doubts, our callings.

How He is not shocked by us. Instead, he is so enamored with us that He pursues faithfully, tirelessly, patiently.

If you’re in a season of doubt. If you’ve never believed. If you’re overwhelmed by your kids and your life and you just can’t fathom how God could be interested in your five million loads of laundry and the bathroom a kid has had an accident in again – this book is for you.

It’s for the doubters and the believers and all of us who live a lot in the in between.
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46 of 50 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent April 29, 2014
Something Other Than God is one of the best memoirs I've read - for me it ranks with A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius and The Road from Coorain.

I literally laughed out loud as I read, and several chapters had me crying The writing is excellent, her stories engaging, and she does a fantastic job of bringing other characters into her story to illustrate how her life was changing. Fulwiler's conversion was the result of intelligent conversations and lots of reading and researching. Her book is just as intelligent, and while there are some very moving parts, I appreciate that it is not overly sentimental or gushy.

I highly recommend it.

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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful
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So begins the true tell-all drama of a tall, rap-loving, red-headed goth-atheist and a success-driven high-powered Ivy League MBA/lawyer, who come together in an incredible tale of drinking, blood, money, sex and the Catholic Church. You can't make this s*** up. It's that good. A must read for anyone who loves anything--or nothing.
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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I've already read it twice April 30, 2014
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You know a book is amazing when you love it enough to re-read it very soon after reading it the first time, and you enjoy it even more during the second reading than the first.

This book made me laugh. It made me cry. It made me think. It made me laugh some more. It is incredibly well done.

As a very recent atheist-to-Catholic convert myself, I appreciate how this book evangelizes. It educates. And most wonderfully, it embraces anyone who has ever struggled with doubt, through its honesty and critical evaluation of the essential issues.

A must-read.
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30 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful memoir April 29, 2014
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I spent most of today reading this book on my Kindle (and my phone when my Kindle died mid-chapter!). I really couldn't put it down. I was most moved by the stories from Jennifer's childhood, where her loving but unbelieving parents taught her to respectfully and relentlessly seek Truth and stand for it, and by the respect her parents showed her when, as an adult, she began walking down a path different than the one they had showed her. The family dynamics were very moving and inspirational, including her mother sharing with her various examples of Catholicism in her family background.

I also really appreciated her honest explanation of her struggle with the Catholic teaching against contraception, which became very real for her when she was diagnosed with a serious medical condition exacerbated by pregnancy and her doctor recommended sterilization. This strand, combining her philosophical searching with very poignant real-life examples, was maybe the strongest part of the book.

All in all, Something Other than God is a compassionate, humble, and elegant story of a passionate search for Truth, which ends with finding Love.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Really enjoyed this book
Really enjoyed this book. Her faith journey is very inspiring and she writes in a 'easy to read' way. Great for someone who is unsure and has questions about the Christian faith. Read more
Published 8 hours ago by Matlin0
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved everything about this book
As I was reading the book, Jennifer's words could have been mine. I related to the many questions she had about God. I am a Catholic, but will recommend to non-Catholics as well. Read more
Published 18 hours ago by vickisugar
5.0 out of 5 stars Honest
Although I was not an atheist this frank and honest sharing of her search for Truth deeply touched me. The journey from head knowledge to deeply felt experience was moving.
Published 1 day ago by Loretta Berry
5.0 out of 5 stars amazing
Well written, witty a tear jerker ! Current , I enjoyed the encounter with there family on a journey through life
Published 1 day ago by Joseph J. Hendl
5.0 out of 5 stars Catholicism
This was a great way to explain the many mysteries and traditions of the Catholic Church through our every day life experiences - a wonderful read!
Published 2 days ago by Frank
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing book!
This book is a truly inspirational read for people of all faith backgrounds! It is intelligently written, and I felt sad when it ended. Read more
Published 2 days ago by Heather Smith
1.0 out of 5 stars Tiresome, at best--I finished the book only because our ...
So unbearably contrived and poorly written. Tiresome, at best--I finished the book only because our book club had chosen it.
Published 2 days ago by Brenda
5.0 out of 5 stars It read like a novel
Well written book....couldn't put it down once I started to read it. It read like a novel. As a revert to the faith (and I'm in love more with my faith every day) I recommend... Read more
Published 5 days ago by Roxanne Tuturice
5.0 out of 5 stars Important questions.
A wonderful book about a lovely woman finding answers to the important questions in life. I thought it was very uplifting.
Published 5 days ago by Kevin E. Ramsey
5.0 out of 5 stars great read! very inspirational!
I enjoyed reading about their journey to Catholicism. God truly does work miracles in people's lives. I will definitely recommend to others.
Published 7 days ago by M. Burkart
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More About the Author

Jennifer Fulwiler is a programmer-turned-writer who chronicles her experiences of faith, motherhood, and a never-ending scorpion infestation on her popular blog, She's been a guest on national television shows, including Fox and Friends, Life on the Rock, and The Journey Home, and she was also the subject of the reality show Minor Revisions (which is now available on Youtube). She and her husband, Joe, live in Austin, Texas with their six young children.

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