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Night Driving: A Story of Faith in the Dark

Addie Zierman. Convergent, $14.99 trade paper (240p) ISBN 978-1-60142-547-8

Blogger Zierman (When We Were on Fire) boldly reveals her struggles with faith, isolation, and depression in this memoir about packing up her minivan and taking her children on a two-week road trip from Minnesota to Florida. Having lost her connection to her Christian faith, Zierman decides to outdrive her troubles by visiting friends, giving book readings, and doing publicity interviews. The writing can be insightful and painful to read—"Imagine opening your Bible and finding it to be a concrete slab in your lap"—as her struggle to avoid internal darkness seems to permeate all her thoughts. These same obstacles make the memoir relatable, though, as she must balance her own internal turmoil with the needs of her children. At times, Zierman's attempts to wring drama from the mundane events of a well-planned publicity trip read as overwrought—as when she frequently alludes to her "complicated history" with men, then describes a visit with an old flirtation that remains platonic as "a victory over the flesh"—but the main story here is her renewed search for faith, not the promotion tour. 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. (Mar.)

Reviewed on 02/12/2016 | Details & Permalink

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Amazing Truths: How Science and the Bible Agree

Michael Guillen. Zondervan, $18.99 trade paper (208p) ISBN 978-0-3103-4375-2

Religion and science aren't as different as we believe, Guillen (Can a Smart Person Believe in God?) argues. The former science editor for ABC discusses 10 questions that would seem to divide science and faith, showing instead that they often aren't far apart. Similarities can be found when asking questions such as "Was Jesus a man or god?," "Was the Earth created in a Big Bang?," or "How does time work?," by considering the laws and fundamental truths that have stood the test of time yet still lead to incomplete answers, Guillen proposes. To approach the gap between what can be submitted to empirical testing and what we believe without concrete evidence, Guillen explains different topics from biblical and scientific perspectives. Each chapter concludes with a section titled "What Does It Mean to You and Me?" in which he sums up his points to find common ground between science and religion. Can faith and science ever reach total agreement? Probably not, he writes, because science has effectively taken God out of the equation. Nevertheless, Guillen articulates how bringing faith into scientific study can reinvigorate inquiries into life's deepest mysteries. Agent: Wes Yoder, Ambassador. (Feb.)

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