Rapture Practice is Aaron Hartzler’s stunning memoir of growing up in an evangelical household. Everything is great until Aaron starts to question both his faith and his sexuality. He tries to confront these issues while still pleasing his parents, but finds this to be an increasingly difficult task. Honestly, how sinful can going to the movies and listening to music really be? Aaron takes a bold look at faith, sexuality, and being true to yourself while still keeping it light and relatable. This book is an incredible read that I hope everyone picks up!
— From Clare's Recs
About the Author
"Aaron Hartzler's memoir will captivate teens looking for a solid coming-of-age story grounded in strange truths about growing up in a religious family...Hartzler's ear for teenage dialogue is spot-on..."—Shelf Awareness
"[Aaron Hatzler's] memoir is appealing because of his honesty, and forthrightness... clear and lively."—School Library Journal
"Hartzler writes with a keen eye for detail... he is equally sure-footed describing his inner turmoil... One of the best things, however, is how lovingly Hartzler portrays his parents, even as they anger him... Readers will hope for a sequel."—Booklist
"This book is a miracle...Aaron Harztler sees that asking others to love you for what you are means loving them for what they are and that, furthermore, they may be as powerless as you are to change...An achingly innocent and sweetly funny book about guilt, rebellion, love, and acceptance."—
"With a sure hand and fearless gaze, Aaron Hartzler takes aim at life's biggies--God, sex, family, and rock 'n' roll. Whether you're laughing, gasping, or crying (and at times I was doing all three), you'll always be in awe of Hartzler's openhearted and clearheaded treatment of his extraordinary life. Rapture Practice is a triumph."—Maria Semple, author of Where'd You Go, Bernadette