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Addie Zierman Reading: Tues, Feb 4

Addie Zierman Official Author Photo

Please join us on Tuesday, February 4, for a reading and book signing by Addie Zierman, author of When We Were on Fire: A Memoir of Consuming Faith, Tangled Love and Starting Over.

In its Starred Review, Publishers Weekly, which named the book one of the Best Books of 2013, noted, “With its luminous prose, Zierman’s memoir reads like a novel, threaded with imperfect faith, doubt, deep searching, love and friendship and loss and depression. The slice of young adult life…has a universal taste. This memoir is reminiscent of some of the best in the genre, including Lauren Winner’s Girl Meets God…[Zierman] is a writer to watch and this is a book to savor to the very last page.”

The event will take place in the Legacy Lounge on the second floor of Euler (East), and begins at 7:00 PM.

About the Book

WWWOF, fnl cover

In the strange, us-versus-them world of the 90’s Christian subculture, your faith was measured by how many WWJD bracelets you wore and whether or not you’d “kissed dating goodbye.”

Evangelical poster-child, Addie Zierman wore three WWJD bracelets, led two Bible studies and listened exclusively to Christian rock. She was “on fire for God,” unaware that the flame of her faith was dwindling until it burned entirely out.

With candor and transparency, Addie chronicles her journey through church culture, first love, and her entrance—unprepared and angry—into marriage. When she washes out of church and nearly her marriage on a sea of tequila and Depression, she isn’t sure if she’ll ever go back.

When We Were on Fire is a funny, heartbreaking story of untangling oneself from cliché in search of a faith worth embracing. It’s a story for anyone who has ever felt alone in a crowded church. For the cynic. The doubter. The former Jesus Freak struggling with the complexity of life.

It’s a story about the slow work of returning to love, Jesus, and (perhaps toughest of all) his imperfect followers. And, in the end, it’s about what lasts when nothing else seems worth keeping.

About the Author

Addie Zierman holds a BA in English from University of Northwestern and an MFA in Creative Nonfiction from Hamline University. Her work has appeared in The Literary Bohemian, Rock & Sling, and Relief Journal as well as A Deeper Story, Relevant online, MOPS magazines, and Christianity Today’s women’s blog Her.meneutics. Connect with her online at

This event is made possible by a generous grant from the Taylor University Women’s Giving Circle.

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