Once You Go In: A Memoir of Radical Faith

Once You Go In: A Memoir of Radical Faith Review

Carly Gelsinger is an awkward and lonely thirteen-year-old when she stumbles into Pine Canyon Assemblies of God, the cracked stucco church on the outskirts of her remote small town. She assimilates, despite her apprehensions, because she is desperate to belong. Soon, she is on fire for God. She speaks in tongues, slays demons, and follows her abusive pastor’s every word―and it’s not until her life is burnt to the ground that she finds the courage to leave.

Raw and illuminating, Once You Go In is a coming-of-age story about the beauty and danger of absolute faith, and the stories people tell themselves to avoid their deepest fears.

Title:Once You Go In: A Memoir of Radical Faith
Edition Language:English

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  • Andrea 'Andi'

    Beautifully written memoir that really touched a nerve in me. As a Christian (raised Baptist), I wasn't sure how I'd feel reading this, but I was right there with the author. The way it's written made...

  • Lizzy

    Once You Go In was nothing like what I expected, but everything I didn't know I needed. This is a tale of a young girl's journey through, and eventually out of, evangelical Christianity. Carly's beaut...

  • Amanda Voss

    This memoir is such a captivating story about faith and triumph over fear. It’s a compassionate and gripping telling of a girls grasp on faith and how a horrible tragedy leads her back to faith. It...

  • Jean Huber

    Carly Gelsinger’s Once You Go In: A Memoir of Radical Faith was a whole lot more than I bargained for when I began reading this next stop in the BookSparks #MagicOfMemoir blog tour. Carly’s tale o...

  • Kayo

    Very enlightening. Perfect book to read today while we are having a blizzard, and couldn't get to church. Lol...

  • Kimberly

    Carly Gelsinger's journey through and out of evangelical Christianity is very powerful. If you've never understood radical religion, her experiences will take you there and show you why it appealed to...

  • Macy Rodriguez

    I was pleasantly surprised to find myself so invested in the characters of this memoir. This was a great read about a "crazy for Jesus" teenager & her life inside her religious "cult". The verbage at ...

  • Debi Lantzer

    Rating 3.5 stars!Every now and again, BookSparks has what they call a PopUp Blog Tour where they provide a book for bloggers to read and review.  It's a random tour that, well, pops up. When I saw th...

  • Kat (whatskatreading)

    A huge thank you to #Netgalley and She Writes Press for this copy of "Once You Go In" in exchange for my honest review. A very well-written story about breaking the chains of a hostile church and find...

  • Rebecca

    This was such a compelling narrative of one individual's experience with a semi-closed conservative Pentacostal church community that I read it in just a few days. I couldn't put it down. I kept waiti...