Review: Something Other Than God: How I Passionately Sought Happiness and Accidentally Found It

Something Other Than God: How I Passionately Sought Happiness and Accidentally Found ItSomething Other Than God: How I Passionately Sought Happiness and Accidentally Found It by Jennifer Fulwiler
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is a positively delightful spiritual memoir cataloguing the journey of the author from strident atheism to Christian belief and communion with the Catholic Church. It is full of humour and insight, honesty and struggle, and I found it to be highly encouraging for the cradle-Catholic ordained minister.

Jennifer Fulwiler sketches the highs and lows of her journey from non-belief to belief, from believer to Christian, and from Christian to Catholic across the course of the book, interweaving it with the realities of life, her relationship and marriage to Joe, her pregnancies and associated difficulties, and the realisation that happiness would not ultimately be found in the achievement of goals and the gaining of possessions, but in something more transcendent.

As I read through the book I found myself drawn into the beauty of the story, laughing, smiling, and sighing as the journey unfolded, and recognising along with Jennifer the power and glory that comes from surrender to God and God’s Church. I was particularly moved by the descriptions of those ‘power moments’ that Jennifer describes.

This is a book that has much to offer anyone who reads it, regardless of where they find themselves in terms of belief, and particularly those who are struggling with the reality of the transcendent.

A thoroughly enjoyable and moving read, which I have a strong sense I shall be returning to again and again.

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