Rapture Practice: A True Story About Growing Up Gay in an Evangelical Family – Z55z.co

Praise for Rapture Practice ARainbow List SelectionA Lambda Literary Awards FinalistNamed one ofs Best Books of A Kirkus Reviews Best Young Adult Book of An ALAPopular Paperbacks Pick Effervescent and moving, evocative and tenderNew York Times Book Review His story emphasizes discoverythan rebellion, and the narrative is carefully constructed to show and not judge the beliefs of his family and their community Hartzler s laugh out loud stylings range from the subtle to the ridiculousA hilarious first of its kind story that will surely inspire Kirkus Reviewsstarred reviewAaron Hartzler s memoir will captivate teens looking for a solid coming of age story grounded in strange truths about growing up in a religious familyHartzler s ear for teenage dialogue is spot onShelf Awareness Aaron Hatzler s memoir is appealing because of his honesty, and forthrightness clear and livelySchool Library Journal What rings very true is the author s thoughtful search for answers to his heart s biggest questions, and his pragmatism and sense of humor on the journeyPublishers Weekly Hartzler writes with a keen eye for detail he is equally sure footed describing his inner turmoil One of the best things, however, is how lovingly Hartzler portrays his parents, even as they anger him Readers will hope for a sequelBooklist This heartfelt memoir and compelling storywill speak volumes to adolescentsThe Bulletin of the Center for Children s Books Humorous and entertainingVOYARapture Practice opened my eyes and my mind to a segment of society I ve never quite understood Wherever you weigh in on the religion scale, this book will speak to you Ellen Hopkins, New York Times bestselling author of Crank and Tilt This book is a miracleAaron Harztler sees that asking others to love you for what you are means loving them for what they are and that, further, they may be as powerless as you are to changeAn achingly innocent and sweetly funny book about guilt, rebellion, love, and acceptance Laura McNeal, National Book Honor author of Dark Water Sometimes salvation is found in the strangest places a true storyAaron Hartzler grew up in a home where he was taught that at any moment the Rapture could happen That Jesus might come down in the twinkling of an eye and scoop Aaron and his family up to heaven As a kid, Aaron was thrilled by the idea that every moment of every day might be his last one on planet EarthBut as Aaron turns sixteen, he finds himselfattached to his earthly life and curious about all the things his family forsakes for the Lord He begins to realize he doesn t want the Rapture to happen just yet not before he sees his first movie, stars in the school play, or has his first kiss Eventually Aaron makes the plunge from conflicted do gooder to full fledged teen rebelWhether he s sneaking out, making out, or playing hymns with a hangover, Aaron learns a few lessons that can t be found in the Bible He discovers that the best friends aren t always the ones your mom and dad approve of, and the tricky part about believing is that no one can do it for youIn this funny and heartfelt coming of age memoir, debut author Aaron Hartzler recalls his teenage journey to find the person he is without losing the family that loves him It s a story about losing your faith and finding your place and your own truth which is always stranger than fiction