God Land: A Story of Faith, Loss, and Renewal in Middle America

God Land: A Story of Faith, Loss, and Renewal in Middle America Review

In the wake of the 2016 election, Lyz Lenz watched as her country and her marriage were torn apart by the competing forces of faith and politics. A mother of two, a Christian, and a lifelong resident of middle America, Lenz was bewildered by the pain and loss around her--the empty churches and the broken hearts. What was happening to faith in the heartland?

From drugstores in Sydney, Iowa, to skeet shooting in rural Illinois, to the mega churches of Minneapolis, Lenz set out to discover the changing forces of faith and tradition in God's country. Part journalism, part memoir, God Land is a journey into the heart of a deeply divided America. Lenz visits places of worship across the heartland and speaks to the everyday people who often struggle to keep their churches afloat and to cope in a land of instability. Through a thoughtful interrogation of the effects of faith and religion on our lives, our relationships, and our country, God Land investigates whether our divides can ever be bridged and if America can ever come together.

Title:God Land: A Story of Faith, Loss, and Renewal in Middle America
Edition Language:English

    God Land: A Story of Faith, Loss, and Renewal in Middle America Reviews

  • Jerrie (redwritinghood)

    This is an honest, unflinching look at faith in middle America and the author’s struggle to reconcile it with her own beliefs. Lenz grew up in an Evangelical household and married a conservative Chr...

  • Rick Lee Lee James

    A moving story of an authentic quest for faith. Many who have found their faith at a breaking point due to the effects of Trumpian Evangelical Christianity will find a welcome companion on their journ...

  • Elisabeth

    I received an advanced reading copy, opinions are my own.I can identify with this author’s journey through faith as I began a similar journey 20 years ago. The outcome for me wasn’t the same but t...

  • Kari

    “A white Christian pastor, ignoring the violence against Muslims while perpetuating a victim narrative for Tim Tebow, is part of the story of faith, most notably the stories we fail to tell. And the...

  • Alison

    I spent the better part of my day today reading this book. It was earth-shattering for me. I dug out my sticky page-markers so I could remember all the beautiful, brilliant, true passages. This countr...

  • Ashley

    This book is fine...but with a little more time and MUCH better editing, it could have been great. (I really cannot stress how abysmally poor the editing is. They done you wrong, Lyz!) This feels like...

  • Holly

    I'm really enjoying the story of this writer/journalist's path through and away from the Evangelical church, and how it coincides with the rise of Trumpian conservatism. But I find myself distracted a...

  • Emily

    This one hit really close to home. Lenz combines reporting from churches throughout the Midwest with deeply personal stories about her faith, the evolution of her politics, dissolution of her marriage...

  • Kirsti

    When I started following Lyz Lenz on Twitter, I thought she was a stand-up comedian. It turns out she is a journalist and memoirist who has created a searing and thoughtful (but also funny and compell...

  • Christy

    3.5 stars for the content, 3 or fewer for the lack of editing! Some paragraphs did not contain even one complete sentence, and there were way too many easy-to-fix typos. Almost felt like I received an...