Once You Go In: A Memoir of Radical Faith

Once You Go In: A Memoir of Radical Faith

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?an Carly Gelsinger is an awkward and lonely thirteen-year-old when she stumbles into Pine Canyon Assemblies of God, the ...

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Title:Once You Go In: A Memoir of Radical Faith
Author:Carly Gelsinger
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Genres:Religion
ISBN:1631524291
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:245 pages pages

Once You Go In: A Memoir of Radical Faith Reviews

  • Rebecca
    Oct 29, 2018
    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 waiting for what I've come to expect in such memoirs: a zealous religious leader turning ou...
  • Rebecca Moughon
    Jan 19, 2019
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    Nov 01, 2018
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  • Sierra
    Nov 20, 2018
    I will never get over how similar my story is to Carly. Knowing I wasn't alone in the absolute insane church experiences I had from ages 15-25 is so, so nice. ...
  • Kristin
    Jan 08, 2019
    very true. so very true. i am grateful to Ms. Gelsinger for putting the terror and shame the assemblies of God churches trade in, into such thoughtful words. thank the Lord for the Episcopal Church, which has now saved more than one former fundamentalist. ...
  • Kelly
    Oct 23, 2018
    Another interesting read on the Bookspark's Magic of Memoir Tour! I'm always intrigued by cults and radical religions. This one was told from the perspective of a teenage girl who initially looks to religion to find friendship. While she tries to immerse herself in the Pentecostal chur...
  • Jean Huber
    Nov 12, 2018
    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 or joining, growing up in and finally leaving the Pine Canyon Assembly Of God Church is...
  • Hannah
    Dec 13, 2018
    Carly joins a Pentecostal church as a teenager, and once she gets past her initial apprehension, she is consumed by the extremist group for years. She is discouraged from listening to secular music or dressing immodestly, and spends enormous amounts of time praying and speaking in tong...
  • Lisa
    Oct 16, 2018
    Once You Go In is a well written, fast paced memoir about the author?s time in a radical church. Carly Gelainger has a very conversational writing style that feels like she is narrating her story in real time. Beginning as an awkward and lonely teen who just goes to the local bible c...
  • Cara Meredith
    Oct 12, 2018
    A powerful, beautiful spiritual memoir that?s bound to paint a new picture of revival, a thousand times over. ...
  • Kimberly
    Oct 23, 2018
    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 her as a teen. If you have left conservative or evangelical Christianity you will see...
  • Sarahbeth Caplin
    Nov 18, 2018
    Read this in two sittings- engaging and fast-paced. I felt so angry on Carly's behalf for what happened in Pine Canyon. It really resonated with me. ...
  • Kat (whatskatreading)
    Oct 31, 2018
    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 finding one's truth. Carly Gelsinger is a dedicated young woman "ON FIRE" for Jesu...
  • Margaret B
    Jan 04, 2019
    "My fire for God changed me, and while I never want to go back, I can see hope is leading the way to something new. It has led me to the slow growth of faith, of small shoots of life pushing up from dead stumps, of expansive views of hope I may never have seen otherwise. And I know it'...
  • Andrea 'Andi'
    Aug 05, 2018
    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 me feel like I was right there through all of her trials and tribulations, and I foun...
  • Lizzy
    Nov 05, 2018
    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 beautiful writing and conversational tone had me hooked from the beginning. While I expecte...
  • Kayo
    Nov 25, 2018
    Very enlightening. Perfect book to read today while we are having a blizzard, and couldn't get to church. Lol ...
  • Debi Lantzer
    Nov 27, 2018
    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 this book popping up (sorry to keep using that phrase), I was curious but also concern...
  • Duncan G Aldridge
    Oct 18, 2018
    Really interesting book about Carly's spiritual journey. ...
  • João Silva
    Dec 26, 2018
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  • Josiah
    Aug 03, 2018
    Stunning ...
  • Sally M
    Dec 09, 2018
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  • David Smith
    Nov 08, 2018
    I couldn?t stop reading! Although I was raised in a different faith environment, I experienced many of the things Ms. Gelsinger so vividly describes in her book. I couldn?t stop reading, I had to hear what happened next in her story. This book is worth your time!! 5 stars fro...
  • Amanda Voss
    Oct 14, 2018
    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?s a real interesting story to read and it leaves you wanting to read it until the ve...
  • ACE VOLTA
    Oct 01, 2018
    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...
  • April Greissinger
    Oct 16, 2018
    Big thanks to BookSparks for sending me this free book in exchange for my honest review!! "My fire for God changed m, and wile I never want to go back, I can see hope is leading the way to something goo. It has led me to the slow growth of faith, of small shoots of life pushing up f...
  • Macy Rodriguez
    Aug 30, 2018
    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 the beginning of the book had me a little put off. I felt as if I was reading ...
  • Joe Moore
    Jan 17, 2019
    Maybe my favorite book of 1028 ...
  • Joyce
    Nov 27, 2018
    Riveting. Very well written. A page turner. ...
  • Jason Lehn
    Dec 02, 2018
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