Addie's journey hits it's stride during the years where Christian culture seemed more about what you were listening to, wearing, or avoiding and less about who you actually were in Christ. With it's emphasis on looking right and avoiding the masses (or at least offering a Christian alternative), it was a prime time to set up a young girl for heartbreak, failure, and hope.
My favorite aspect of When We Were on Fire is the idea of relationship and community.
How we get it right:
"You who had learned to disappear were suddenly seen, and the world was entirely altered...You were an odd shaped piece and in one swift moment of kindness, you felt yourself click into place" (p. 22)
How we get it wrong:
"How could they know that it had taken only two girls to welcome me into the evangelical world all those years ago... That just as easily, two girls could push me away from it." (p.105)
And how ultimately, with maturity, most of us begin to realize that yes, Christians do "suck", but:
"Some of them don't suck. Some of them understand what Jesus is all about. Some of them will love you without a thought." (p. 176)
Addie's story isn't extraordinarily remarkable, but that is what makes it special. She is relatable. She is honest. She is brave to share her story.
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