- Paperback: 240 pages
- Publisher: Convergent Books (March 15, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1601425473
- ISBN-13: 978-1601425478
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.6 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 40 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,054,885 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“Zierman's trip down South and back into the light, filled with refreshing, life-affirming moments, will satisfy readers looking for a partner in spiritual strife.”
“Zierman beautifully captures the longing and loneliness of trying to discover a new way to relate to a God who feels silent compared to the one of her ardent adolescence. Her current life of home, motherhood, and quiet reflection is a far cry from the one of rallies and concerts she left behind a lifetime ago. Will she find Him again on the massive road trip she undertakes with her young sons? Night Driving is for all of us who have found ourselves searching amidst the darkness of life for the loving light of the One who never changes.”
— Anna Whiston-Donaldson, bestselling author of Rare Bird
"Addie Zierman is earnest and likable. She invites you into her story in order to better understand your own."
— Margaret Feinberg, author of Fight Back With Joy
Addie Zierman describes the danger and vulnerability of our most challenging seasons of faith as “the hospitable, layered silence of God.” We believers are often afraid to admit to our own journeys of doubt, fear, or boredom. But Addie invites us into her darkness, and in doing so, welcomes us into a holy place, where we learn “to be folded close to the heart of God.”
— Micha Boyett, Found: A Story of Questions, Grace, and Everyday Prayer
“Addie’s cross-country drive mirrors the pilgrimage we all must eventually take, covering the distance between the optimism of young faith and the unexpected darkness that often follows. If you are looking for a book to offer sure answers or clear steps, there's nothing for you here. Instead, what you'll find in these pages is one woman's willingness to share the particularities of her own struggle and, in turn, a voice leading the way for a generation of believers to accept both the shadows and the light of a deepening faith.”
— Emily P. Freeman, author of Simply Tuesday
Addie Zierman is a magical storyteller, a writer whose prose is rich and wise and full of good thoughts that stay with you. Like Elizabeth Gilbert or Barbara Brown Taylor, in Night Driving: A Story of Faith in the Dark Zierman uses the power of her story to beautifully navigate familiar themes like faith, emotions, emptiness, and fear.
— Jessica N. Turner, author of The Fringe Hours: Making Time for You
About the Author
Addie Zierman is a writer, blogger and speaker. She holds an MFA from Hamline University, and her first book, When We Were on Fire, was named one of Publisher’s Weekly’s Top 5 Religious Books of 2013. Addie lives in Minnesota with her husband and two sons and blogs regularly at addizierman.com.
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This book is a gift from a woman who opens up her lonely, aching places and offers them as a balm for the rest of us in our own lonely, achy lives. I was shocked by her honesty and grateful that she never resorted to easy answers or tidy solutions. I know she doesn't feel brave, but this is one of the bravest books I've ever read.
I have said it before but this book confirms it again: Addie Zierman is the voice of our disillusioned generation of the formerly on fire, showing us the way forward once the lights went out.
Picture a 30 (late 20 something?) mom of two small children taking a road trip from Minnesota to Florida in February.
This mom is in the 'dark night' of her faith.
Having grown up in the zeal of youth groups, Christian music, and Acquire the Fire conferences, she wonders if something is missing. This is a memoir of a mom making peace with an ordinary, not-so-on fire life. In this book she wrestles with her desire to numb the boredom with wine, nods from guys, and escape television and eventually finds faith that is enough.
The story is candid and believable.
This is a book for grown-ups who were afraid to grow up and find out that life was dull. This is a book that does not promise light shows or mountaintops, but promises peace and wholeness. This is a book that transforms our boredom, our itchy dissatisfaction, and roots us firmly in the ground underneath us.