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Something Other Than God: How I Passionately Sought Happiness and Accidentally Found It Hardcover – April 29, 2014
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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, ConversionDiary.com. 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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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. Though obviously troubling, she could have accepted this "mere Christianity" and moved on. But after exploring many Protestant churches, she distressingly realized that the evidence was pushing her toward a far more unsettling destination: the Catholic Church.
Like Augustine and Lewis before her, Jennifer recounts her compelling journey of conversion through a colorful and stirring memoir, Something Other Than God: How I Passionately Sought Happiness and Accidentally Found It. The book's deep soul, humor, and addictive readability help explain why Dean Koontz admitted to enjoying the entire book in just one sitting.
Smart, inspiring, and absorbing, Jennifer's book will go down as one of the best spiritual memoirs since "Mere Christianity." It will lift her to her rightful place alongside Augustine and Lewis, troubled converts, talented memoirists, and courageous intellects who each followed the truth to its beautiful and unsettling conclusion.
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.
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.
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.