Night Driving: A Story of Faith in the Dark

Night Driving: A Story of Faith in the Dark

How do you know God is real? In the emotionally-charged, fire-filled faith in which Addie Zierman grew up, the answer to this question was simple: Because you?ve FELT him. Now, at age 30, she feels nothing. Just the darkness pressing in. Just the winter cold. Just a buzzing silence where God?s voice used to be. So she loads her two small children into the minivan one Febru How do you know God is real? In the emotionally-charged, fire-filled faith in which Addie Zierman grew ...

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Title:Night Driving: A Story of Faith in the Dark
Author:Addie Zierman
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Genres:Autobiography
ISBN:1601425481
Format Type:ebook
Number of Pages:240 pages pages

Night Driving: A Story of Faith in the Dark Reviews

  • Andi
    Jun 26, 2016
    I long ago grew weary of self-help books, particularly those about faith. . . but Zierman's book is not self-help - it's story, story powerfully-told and honest. A simple story - a road trip - but rich in it's meaning both as an experience and as a metaphor. If you've felt the darkness...
  • Plainswriter
    Mar 12, 2016
    In the fall of 2013, I had the pleasure of reading and reviewing Addie Zierman?s first book, When We Were on Fire. It was a book I read in less than a week?I was captivated not only by her story but also by her depictions of ?90s American Evangelicalism. Then last summer I tau...
  • Christina
    Jun 23, 2016
    I loved Addie's storytelling and honesty. She writes beautifully, turning what might otherwise be an insignificant scene (sitting in the front seat of a car along an interstate) into intriguing imagery. ...
  • Shannan
    Jun 22, 2017
    Quiet and slow. But extremely relevant. She wrote a book about a road trip framed in the context of faith crisis. ...
  • Carmen Liffengren
    Jan 15, 2016
    4.5 Stars Addie Zierman does it again! I still think about her first memoir, When We Were on Fire which is heartbreaking, honest, and poignant. She recounts the unraveling of her faith and the shattering and brokenness that led to rebuidling it on a more firm foundation. In Night...
  • Ioana
    Mar 14, 2016
    This is a finding-the-God-I-used-to-know kind of book. You keep reading the author's woe over and over: I used to feel God, but now I don't anymore. Coming with the baggage (or blessing) of an American adolescence in the 90s, filled with Christian activities that encouraged teenagers t...
  • S.E. White
    Mar 19, 2016
    Another wonderfully honest memoir about real Christian life, that it is not as simple as many evangelicals make it out to be. I loved her conclusion, Faith spans years, generations, millenia. God's silence marks the pages of the biblical narrative more than I ever knew. His silence s...
  • Garrett
    May 09, 2016
    Like many Millennial Christians, I crave stories that let me know I?m not alone. I need to read stories of darkness and faith and questions and emptiness. Ours is a transitional generation, connected to a past that fades with our pre-pubescent memories and embracing a future that cha...
  • Angela
    Sep 17, 2017
    Honest and compelling. I had never read a book on the topic of felt emotion in religious experiences, and it was timely for me. ...
  • Gillian Marchenko
    Mar 15, 2016
    Devoured this book. Addie Zierman is a gifted writer who delivers beautiful, staggering, relatable, and at times, shocking prose. As an avid reader and floundering writer of memoir, I grow tired of authors who omit the hard parts of their stories. In my mind, if it isn't the whole stor...
  • Cara Meredith
    Mar 07, 2016
    Addie does it again, this time delving into a raw honesty not found in very many spiritual memoirs. Can God be found in the dark, just as much as the light? I love how she begins to uncover an answer to that question. ...
  • Michelle Kidwell
    Dec 27, 2015
    Night Driving A Story of Faith in the Dark by Addie Zierman Crown Publishing Convergent Books Christian Pub Date Mar 15, 2016 In February of 2014 the author decided to take a cross country trip from her home in Minnesota to Florida despite the fact that Minnesota...
  • Victor
    Apr 13, 2019
    You think what you want is a fresh start, to fly south in the winter like a free bird, to fly where it's warm and sunny and you can be brave, wild and free like the ocean. And you probably do want that, but guess who's down south? Guess who you're trying to run away from but can't? ...
  • Hallie Szott
    Aug 24, 2015
    This review is also posted on Book by Book. In the pages of her second faith-focused memoir, Addie Zierman?s desire for light and warmth compels her away from the Minnesota winter and into a cross-country road trip with her two young sons. She heads for Florida, stopping for visit...
  • Lisa
    Nov 17, 2015
    In the middle of a bitter cold winter in Minnesota, a mom and her two young sons flee in search of the light and warmth of Florida. It is a desperate act, a search for inner light as much as sunshine, and it brings surprising results. Night Driving: A Story of Faith in the Dark is A...
  • Leigh Kramer
    Jul 27, 2015
    I devoured my friend Addie Zierman's second memoir. The level of honesty and vulnerability is rare for the spiritual memoir genre. Had Addie waited several years before writing it, we would get a very different book. But I'm glad for the immediacy and that we can learn from someone who...
  • Sarah Wells
    Feb 13, 2016
    Addie Zierman's road trip to escape the winter darkness of Minnesota with her two boys under the age of four of course seems like a daring adventure we moms like to romanticize. But what really happens on the road when you are seeking out some deep spiritual enlightenment never seems t...
  • Katherine Jones
    Apr 11, 2016
    I?m going to have a hard time paring my thoughts down to just a few for this post. This is what Addie Zierman?s writing does to me, whether it?s by blog or book. She open my eyes to what I haven?t seen before and makes me think thoughts never considered. And once exposed, these...
  • Cara
    Feb 22, 2016
    This is a masterful book. I read and loved Addie's first book, but this one has become my new favorite of hers. She dexterously handles both past and present, managing to weave a seamless, artfully constructed narrative that sucks me in with carefully chosen details and tight writing. ...
  • Tony Snyder
    Mar 18, 2016
    I loved this book, not least because it forced me to look at darkness in life in a new way: not necessarily something to run from but as something that might actually change your life for the better in the long run. All the way through, I felt like she was a friend I would want when go...
  • Shy
    Mar 30, 2018
    I read Zierman's first memoir, "When We Were On Fire", in 2013, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. This memoir still holds up well, but it tells a different story. What if things were not alright? What if we don't find light at the end of the tunnel? How do we find the light in seemingly end...
  • Lizzie
    Mar 15, 2016
    How do you know God is real? Because you?ve felt him. Until you don?t anymore. Addie Zierman?s second book, "Night Driving: A Story of Faith in the Dark," officially came into the world one week ago Tuesday. It arrived on my doorstep that night, and as I absorbed myself ...
  • Megan
    Feb 24, 2016
    I didn't care for this book. I think it is because it didn't talk much God and faith like I thought it would. ...
  • Tanya Marlow
    May 11, 2016
    When We Were On Fire, Addie Zierman?s first book, was possibly the best Christian memoir I?ve ever read, so I had high hopes for her second book, and I wasn?t disappointed. How can you believe in God when you can?t feel God anymore, when your faith has gone dark? This is the qu...
  • Clare Bender
    Mar 16, 2019
    Book #5 of 2019 Challenge: Read a Type of Book You Rarely or Never Read Zierman has such a way with words! Beautiful imagery and descriptions! This is an insightful and encouraging read for those who are "in the dark" with their faith and don't "feel" that God is there. ...
  • James Morovich
    Sep 30, 2016
    Addie Zierman has over the course of now just two memoirs become one of my favorite writers. She is the voice of the millennial generation that came of age in a weird era of church history, the late 90's-early 2000's. An era where so much was focused on seeker sensitivity and Faith bei...
  • Danielle Wright
    Jan 05, 2016
    It took me longer than I'd like to admit to finish this book. I'll admit that this is one of the first nonfiction/memoir-type novels that I've read in quite awhile. My typical choice of book is a thriller of sorts. Night Driving is not a thriller, but rather it's a book that pulls y...
  • Melody Cook
    Oct 06, 2016
    Another beautifully written memoir from AZ. Her prose melts you--seriously. I will say that I enjoyed her first book, When We Were on Fire immensely more than this one. However, I can sincerely say that it is only because I empathized with her struggles more so in the first book. You s...
  • Kimberly Patton
    May 25, 2018
    Really good stuff. I enjoyed reading all of it, but the last half was great, and the last 40ish pages were amazing. But you have to go through the first half to enjoy and really feel the good stuff... that's what life is like too. I really like Addie. We need her honestly. We need he...
  • Trevor Limberg
    Dec 27, 2018
    Again Zierman comes through with her powerful testimony of the discovery that faith is non-linear amidst her early 30's. I love her fierce courage, powerful analogies, vulnerable inner-personal dialogue, and raw expression of the human experience. Without a doubt one of my favorite boo...