01 July 2014

Atlas Girl: Finding Home in the Last Place I Thought to Look by Emily T. Wierenga

About the Book

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Emily Wierenga left home at age eighteen with no intention of ever returning.

Broken down by organized religion, a childhood battle with anorexia, and her parents' rigidity, she set out to find God somewhere else – anywhere else. Her travels took her across three continents in buses, cars, and planes, across mountains and over deep blue seas.

What she hadn't realized was that her faith was waiting for her the whole time – in the place she least expected it.

Poignant and passionate, Atlas Girl is a deeply personal story of the yearning we all share to be truly known, entirely forgiven, and utterly loved.

Emily T. Wierenga’s memoir, Atlas Girl: Finding Home in the Last Place I Thought to Look, is simply beautiful – painfully, hopefully, poetically beautiful – and I have once again been reminded of how much I love reading memoir. Memoir is not a genre I tend to gravitate toward or venture into often – but when I do, I do not regret my choice. Wierenga masterfully weaves together scenes from her childhood and adulthood in a thematically-driven narrative. Vividly depicting her particularly roving journey to the God worthy of her faith and a place to feel at home, she fills the pages with brokenness and disillusionment and sorrow and loneliness, but also with healing and growth and love and joy and contentment. Entirely singular yet encouragingly relatable, Atlas Girl is inspiring and heartfelt, and I admire and appreciate the honesty and humility with which Wierenga shares her well-written story. I highly recommend it.

Thanks to Baker Books and Revell Reads, I received a copy of Atlas Girl and the opportunity to provide an honest review. 

About the Author
Emily T. Wierenga is an award-winning journalist, columnist, artist, author, and blogger at www.emilywierenga.com. She speaks regularly about her journey with anorexia and lives in Alberta, Canada, with her husband, Trenton, and their two sons.

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