Something Other Than God

Something Other Than God

How I Passionately Sought Happiness and Accidently Found It

Book - 2014
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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, skeptical 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.
Publisher: San Francisco : Ignatius Press, 2014
ISBN: 9781586178826
1586178822
Branch Call Number: 282.092 F9599S 2014
Characteristics: 248 pages ; 24 cm

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lsfarin
Feb 25, 2015

The title was totally misleading. Something OTHER than God? Really? It should be subtitled: "How I passionately sought religion and found Catholicism." Throughout the book, she comes across as self-centered and ungrateful, and both she and her husband make questionable choices and gloss over reasoning time and again. She starts out critical of many of Catholicism's tenets, then ends up embracing them anyway. I admit, the book was easy to read, but I felt at the end that I'd wasted my time because I kept expecting to read about "something other than God."

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rmvoss52
Jan 04, 2015

Funny at times, but difficult to maintain suspension of disbelief while reading. Was she really an atheist or just writing for profit?

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indogirl
Jan 03, 2015

Her writing style is very interesting and easy to read. Funny too. Enjoyed hearing about her journey. I differ with her regarding some big theological views, which were a little challenging to get through, and I wish I had known going in what her particular faith is.

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vmed
Dec 26, 2014

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