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I Want to Be Left Behind: Finding Rapture Here on Earth

Brenda Peterson, Author
Brenda Peterson, Author . Da Capo $25 (277p) ISBN 978-0-306-81804-2
Reviewed on: 01/11/2010
Release date: 02/01/2010
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Talk of the rapture—the ascent to heaven of true Christians before the end of the world—surrounds Peterson (Duck and Cover ), and she engages this conversation with delicacy, humor, frustration, and, at times, a begrudging respect, in this memoir about growing up among Southern Baptists and not quite fitting in. Peterson’s story is told through what is really a series of vignettes, tied together by two themes, faith and the environment. She looks back at her childhood, college, and then adulthood, stopping here and there, selecting scenes from her life that show why she finds God outdoors, and why the rapture-obsessed family and community of her youth quickly loses its appeal. Her love for this world and everything in it is far greater than any promise of salvation apart from and above it. Readers interested in a story about leaving behind theologically conservative Christianity and other types of extremism will find Peterson’s collection of anecdotes and remembered conversations engaging. The chapters can be read on their own, and her prologue, “The Trumpet Shall Sound,” and chapter “In the Garden” are among the best. (Feb.)

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