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“Briggs writes with unflinching honesty and the remarkable story she tells cuts to the marrow. Her journey rewards with a clarity of insight that is its own grace and redemption. This is a work that truly enlarges the human spirit.” ―Roy Parvin, author of In the Snow Forest and The Loneliest Road in America
“Briggs's memoir is a riveting page-turner that rings emotionally true, as well as a brave contribution to a growing literature that tells the extraordinary stories of supposedly ordinary women . . . [It breaks new] ground as it chronicles Briggs's adult life as a born-again Christian. Most fascinating is her account of her faith community in the 1970s; as self-identified 'Jesus Freaks,' she and her friends blended progressive/alternative practices such as eating health food and nursing each other's children with right-wing religious dogma. Too little has been written about American Christian fundamentalism among hippies in the pre-Moral Majority days, and, as such, Briggs's book shines light in a dim corner . . . Readers will find this book as addictive as a good novel, and it will leave them asking questions about their own lives and faith experiences.” ―Publishers Weekly
I read this book in a few days. I found the this women's story so interesting. Life is a learning process, and Carolyn came into her true self over after many years of soul... Read morePublished on April 2, 2013 by Jo Ann Aceto
For those reviewers of the book that seemed 'disappointed' that a major religious transformation did not seem to occur, I disagree. Read morePublished on January 8, 2013 by Lady J.B.
The memoir was interesting and gave much information that wasn't included in the movie, Higher Ground. Read morePublished on December 31, 2012 by philip elliott
I was pleased with my purchase and the expediency with which I received it. This book was recommended to me by a friend who had watched the movie "Higher Ground". Read morePublished on October 8, 2012 by Garnet Gunion
This may sound a bit judgemental considering that she was pregnant and married in her teens and that she lacked a father figure when she needed him the most. Read morePublished on January 11, 2012 by A. Walker
This book is a very fast read, but reads more like a novel than a true story. Some blatant errors if indeed these are facts. Read morePublished on March 17, 2011 by rockinghorsegirl4now
From the moment I picked it up I could not put this book down. As a woman who has lived a very similar life I felt like I was reading my own story. Read morePublished on July 3, 2006 by L. Ryan
This is the memoir of a woman who was a teenage bride and young mom in the 1970s who discovers fundamentalist Christianity and is extremely active in various churches. Read morePublished on June 13, 2006 by Colleen McMahon
If you're looking for a scathing critique of fundamentalist Chrisitianity, you're not going to find it in Carolyn Briggs' book. Read morePublished on September 10, 2005 by Monzer J. Mansour