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Atlas Girl: Finding Home in the Last Place I Thought to Look Paperback – Jun 1 2014
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From the Back Cover
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 shares the unexpected beauty God has created in her broken places as he's made her heart whole again, and how he can do the same for you."--Holley Gerth, bestselling author of "You're Already Amazing"
"Her honesty is raw, real. Her faith is hard-won. And when it finally pours out, her love--oh, her love soars off the page and makes a nest in our hearts. Brilliant and beautiful."
--Liz Curtis Higgs, bestselling author of "Bad Girls of the Bible"
"This isn't just a book, this is a journey. Of grief and wonder, loss and gain. Emily tells a world-spanning story that this world needs!"--Jon Acuff, "New York Times" bestselling author of "Start"
"I felt like she was giving me an atlas of my own, asking me real, important questions about my own walk through life. Her story about loss, life, and love is worth its telling."--Tsh Oxenreider, author of "Notes from a Blue Bike"
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.
About the Author
Emily T. Wierenga is an award-winning journalist, columnist, artist, author, and blogger at www.emilywierenga.com. Her work has appeared in many publications, including Prodigal Magazine, A Deeper Story, Christianity Today, Dayspring's (in)courage, and Focus on the Family. She speaks regularly about her journey with anorexia. She lives in Alberta, Canada, with her husband, Trenton, and their two sons.
Top Customer Reviews
The book is beautifully written and will bring you through her past from 1998 until more recent years. You read about her struggles and how she overcome them. You read about her love story, about how she came to help her parents when there was health issues, about her travels , about anorexia and her kids. It is a poignant and touching book that will touch you in many ways. It is a book about restoring relationships – whether with God or with aging parents. It is a book where the author deliberately pours out her heart so that the readers can see that in the midst of all there is hope. That ultimately you are loved by the God of the Universe.
This kind of book can be difficult to read for some people. But I would like to encourage you to read it in small portion at a time – process the information slowly so you can savor every words of her book.
I loved this memoir. I've never read a memoir before so I wasn't exactly certain what to expect. I was so pleasantly surprised, The power and passion behind Emily T. Wierenga's prodigal story is profound and absolutely amazing. Her raw honesty touched my heart in so many ways. It was a book of aching tears, anger, sweet smiles and quiet reflection - and I felt every one of those on every single page!
What I loved most about Emily's book was her writing. Her brutally honest assessment bled into each chapter with each word she chose. It's poetic flavour and heart-gripping prose left me speechless at times. In her own words, Emily says: "That's life and faith too. Messy, blurred and beautiful." And her words truly were beautiful and open and authentic as she laid bare her heart and her life with her readers.
The next thing I loved about her book was the actual story. Her life has been colourful and vibrant at times and seared with pain and loss at others. Her journey closer to the heart of God demonstrated on each page so beautifully depicts the brokenness and redemption tension we all live in. The story of her childhood eating disorder and family angst married into her mother's great loss physically and emotionally was poignant and bittersweet. Yet with the sweetest of endings that only God could author.
One last thing I loved about the book were the quotes. Each chapter began with a quote. I wrote many of them down in my journal alongside some new ones I love too by Emily.
The only downfall I encountered in reading the book was the bouncing timeline. Each chapter tells a story starting with the location and the date. This was helpful at first. But the chapters do not tell a linear story.Read more ›
By Emily T. Wierenga
I first discovered this author when reading andreviewing The Quilts of Love Series. Pleasantly surprised by her book,( new authors don't always impress me so easily), "A Promise in Pieces", she gained my admiration, with her unique style and excellent plot development. When asked if I would be interested in reviewing this new book, a memoir of her journey through life, I did hesitate, if only for a moment, due to my love of fiction. I knew that this was NOT imaginary, it would be a story of Emily's struggle to live in a troublesome world. However, my curiosity got the best of me, and I agreed, on the basis of my memories of her fantastic quilt story.
"Atlas Girl" reads as a journal, and you travel this difficult road alongside this young lady. Emily takes you right into her world that encounters heartache, grief, happiness and hope around the globe, as she strives to find true self in this confusing life. Growing up in a pastor's family has its trials and Emily finds herself in the depths of despair, showing us the pain behind the pulpit that existed.
I could easily identify with Emily, as she grew up in a small Canadian town that I have visited many times. Broken down with organized religion, a childhood battle with anorexia, and her parents' faithful yet rigid rules, she sets out on a life changing task . She strives to find God somewhere else, anywhere but in her home town. Her travels takes her across three continents using all forms of transportation, some, very unusual and uncomfortable.
A huge awakening was waiting for Emily!! She realized finally, that her faith had been waiting for her all along... in the place she least expected it.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
Atlas Girl is a fierce story, a memoir, written as prose with a powerful underlying thread of grace and truth. Read morePublished on July 12 2014 by Lani - allthiscrazygrace