21 March 2016

Night Driving: A Story of Faith in the Dark by Addie Zierman

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How do you know God is real?

In the emotionally-charged, fire-filled faith in which Addie Zierman grew up, the answer to this question was simple: Because you’ve FELT him.

Now, at age 30, she feels nothing. Just the darkness pressing in. Just the winter cold. Just a buzzing silence where God’s voice used to be.

So she loads her two small children into the minivan one February afternoon and heads south in one last-ditch effort to find the Light.

In her second memoir, Night Driving, Addie Zierman powerfully explores the gap between our sunny, faith fictions and a God who often seems hidden and silent.

Against the backdrop of rushing Interstates, strangers’ hospitality, gas station coffee, and screaming children, Addie stumbles toward a faith that makes room for doubt, disappointment, and darkness…and learns that sometimes you have to run away to find your way home.

In the pages of her second faith-focused memoir, Addie Zierman’s desire for light and warmth compels her away from the Minnesota winter and into a cross-country road trip with her two young sons. She heads for Florida, stopping for visits with friends and family along the way, and collects a number of humorous anecdotes, expected frustrations, and insightful reflections. As she mirrors her road-trip experience with her progression through doubts and disappoints toward an understanding of a faith that feels different than the expectations of her youth, Zierman’s writing of Night Driving: A Story of Faith in the Dark is beautiful, and it resonates with vulnerability and honesty. Anyone who has struggled to feel the presence of God will surely find this memoir relevant and relatable - I appreciated it and highly recommend it.

Thanks to Blogging for Books, I received a copy of Night Driving and the opportunity to provide an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review, and all the opinions I have expressed are my own.

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