Friday, June 08, 2012

CAN I GET AN AMEN? By Sarah Healy

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Debut author Sarah Healy has written such a great book, and I’m laughing kind of because of the play on her last name – because Can I Get an Amen? is kind of a ‘healing’ book. I’m not quite through with it but it’s a charming read, and my pal Emily Giffin calls it "an emotional and satisfying novel that's as tender as it is funny... fresh, honest, and addictive." So you know if it's got Em's stamp of approval, it's fabulous! 

I’m in love with Ellen who gets dumped by her husband because of their infertility problems and she finds herself back at home with her very God-loving, God-fearing mom, who spurts phrases about the Lord every other sentence, and suggests that Jesus will show Ellen the way. 

With a gay brother (how does her mother deal with THAT?) and a sister who couldn’t get the hell outta there fast enough, Ellen’s family has already won me over. I can’t wait to find out what happens when this new man comes into Ellen’s life, or what happens when the dirt bag of a husband who ditched her realizes he made the stupidest mistake of his life! 

Here’s the trailer for the book:



And, if you’re so inclined, you really must read Sarah’s Modern Love essay. It’s stunning: When the Words Don’t Fit.

To win a copy of Can I Get an Amen?, which is not a preachy religious book, it just has the theme of religion in it, tell me if you grew up a certain religion, or if you practice a religion now. You don’t have to go into any other specifics. I grew up Catholic, went to Catholic school for 11 years, and now our family attends a Lutheran church.

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86 comments:

Kayo said...

I grew up Nazarene, but we've been attending a Baptist church for years. It is my home now.

Katie said...

I grew up in a Disciples of Christ church. I still belong but go to another church now.

Carie Casey said...

I attend the Salvation Army and have my whole life. My Great Grandparents, grandparents and my parents were and are all ministers of the Salvation Army.

Carie

Kelleyc said...

We never attended church as kids (dad was Catholic, mom was Methodist). So when I got married I joined the church that my husband's family attended. We still go and our kids do the Sunday school thing, too.

TaraUB said...

Grew up Catholic. Consider myself to be agnostic now married to an atheist. It works for us.

Carol5814 said...

I grew up Baptist, and now occasionally go to the Methodist church. Wanted my kids to have some religious training but then choose for themselves.

Bev V said...

I grew up Methodist, and I'm going to a very small Methodist church now.

jdstec said...

Grew up Presbyterian and now am Methodist.

Mary Jo Burke said...

Grew up Catholic

Ally said...

We are non-denominational christian. It's a big part of our lives.

Bridget O'Neill said...

I grew up Catholic, went to Catholic school up to eighth grade, even went to Catholic college! Still belong to a Catholic church, and raising our daughter as a Catholic.

Jonita said...

I grew up Protestant, but now attend a Catholic church with my husband and kiddos!

Jonita

Margaret said...

Yes my Mom was very religious. We are Presbytarian.

Margaret (Literary Chanteuse)

ncsuloges said...

I grew up Methodist. I go to the Unitarian church now.

Bridget said...

I grew up Catholic.

iambtinrb

Marla W. said...

Growing up my family didn't do religion or church of any kind. I married into Nazarene.

equinn726 said...

I also grew up Catholic (my mother worked for the church) and now I attend only occasionally.

Denise said...

I grew up going to the Episcopalian church with my mom, and spent holidays at the Greek Orthodox church with my dad's family. I don't practice any religion now.

-Denise F.

Carly said...

My Mom took us to a Christian church. My nanny took us to a Catholic church. I was taught to say my prayers every night by my grandma, who never went to church.

I don't practice any religion now. I am agnostic if put into a category.

Carly H

Betsy said...

Christian Reformed Church, Christian school, now Reformed Church with kids in Christian school

robynn78/robin.krzyzak@yahoo.com said...

grew up in catholic church, after my grandpa died whom I used to go to church with, I stopped going.. I dont practice now, I really didn't back then either, went to spend time with my grandpa.

EBrowning said...

I grew up in a very religious family. My Grandpa was a preacher and he would preach at any church that would have him, though most times it seemed we ended up at a lot of Southern Baptist churches.

Erin G said...

We're Methodist, but we don't currently attend anywhere.

buttah said...

I grew up southern baptist!

Juliet Farmer said...

grew up without religion. still have none.

Corgi Lover said...

Grew up Lutheran. Don't practice anything now

Dani In Chicago said...

I was raised Catholic. Went to a catholic school for 5 years. Sucked. Now I dont attend any church in particular, but do consider myself Christian.

slm8803 said...

We only attended church randomly as kids. We don't attend regularly now either but would like to get my kids there more often.

susieqlaw said...

susieqlaw

I grew up as a Presbyterian and sang in the children's church choir for 7 years.

Jessica said...

I grew up as a Catholic but we kinda stopped going to church at some point. Now I don't really practice any religion.

Thanks!
-Jessica M
walkingcorpse11@hotmail.com

Melissa said...

Raised Catholic and still am. Mel Rem

Joelle said...

I was born into a Methodist family (attending church up until about 7 years old). We then converted to Mormonism and left after about 4 years. My parents and sister became agnostic while I still searched for the true meaning of that personal relationship with Jesus. I started attending a Pentacostal church and was baptized into the church (after becoming a Christian..but was I always a Christian)?!?. Then I left after a few years and started attending a non-denominational church which I now consider myself. lol. Is that too much?!?!

While I don't attend a church currently, I believe that the relationship is more important than the place in which I worship.

jobella

BRN2SHOP9 said...

I am jewish

brn2shop9 at gmail dot com

Christina said...

I grew up Lutheran but am marrying a Catholic man who will probably persuade me to convert when we have kids :)

ChristinaL

Kristen said...

I was baptized Lutheran but am now Methodist. :)

Kristen27

Jen said...

Baptized presbyterian, currently agnostic! :)

-Jen
jenknee1976@hotmail.com

Books & Reviews said...

I was raised, Catholic but my husband and I are considering converting to judaism.

lucy872 said...

I grew up Catholic, and while I haven't been active for a while, I still consider myself a Catholic.

Anonymous said...

I am Catholic.

Colbey J

Sherry said...

I grew up catholic

TinaB said...

I am Baptist
Brannanflooring@aol.com

Luvschocolate said...

Grew up catholic, catholic school whole nine yards. scarred for life , . I call myself an agnostic atheist

ludy2288 said...

I was raised Catholic & went to Catholic school for 10 years but don't actively practice any religion currently

Lilian said...

I was raised a Buddhist..and still am (maybe it was because I am Asian anyway?). I see Buddhism as more of philosophy than a "religion" anyway. But I don't consider myself "religious" that I read scriptures or stuff like that...

Lilian @ A Novel Toybox

Kristi said...

I grew up Methodist and don't currently attend church like I should. I think that'll be changing once this baby is born, though.

aggiekristi04

Krystal said...

I grew up christian, non-denominational, but we didn't regularly attend church. I still go to a non-denominational church, though my husband and I take out kids to church weekly.
kndyer

Sslinsky said...

I was baptized Catholic, grew up Lutheran and then went back to Catholicism as a college student.

Sarah

Ready To Be A Momma said...

I grew up nazarene, but now attend a methodist church on occasion.
qweska8402

Kim W. said...

I didn't grow up with a religion and still don't follow one. I live my life just trying to be a decent, caring person who knows right from wrong and I try not to judge others (try being the operative word -- no ones perfect right?).

Lindsay said...

I grew up Lutheran and am not practicing as much as I'd like to be today.

Emily said...
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Emily said...

I grew up Catholic, but my family was never super strict about it. However, even as an adult, I have managed to hang on to the Catholic guilt - if I don't abstain from meat every Friday during lent, I feel terrible.


Emily116

Melissa said...

I grew up Reform Jewish and am now Modern Orthodox Jewish.

Melissa A from CLC

Kristi said...

I grew up Catholic and practiced until my oldest daughter was 12 and the priest told her if she sinned she was going to go to Hell. Now I still pray but don't go to church.

Tanya Quilts in CO said...

Grew up Lutheran and now am agnostic

Susan @ The Book Bag said...
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Susan @ The Book Bag said...

I was raised Presbyterian and then converted to Catholicism as an adult.

Terri said...

I grew up Methodist and still belong to a Methodist church. Although my girls are Catholic and attend Catholic school.

Terri M.

absolutahnie said...

grew up catholic right now...nothing. IFi win please pick another person, i already have this book, it was a REALLY fun read!

Emma S. said...

I grew up going to a United Methodist church as that's where my dad went to church.

BrendaL71 said...

I was raised Catholic, church every Sunday, Communion, etc but as I got older that isn't really a big part of my life. I do consider myself catholic but don't see why i have to join or be part of a parish in order to be catholic or attend Sunday mass for that matter.

CAnative said...

Grew up in a Presbyterian church. Married a Catholic. Baptized first child Catholic, second child Presbyterian and stayed at that church.

Nicole

Kimberly Pearlman said...

I'm baptized & confirmed Methodist. Though I no longer attend church services.

Jeffie T said...

I grew up Baptist and would still classify myself as that, but am pretty non-denominational Christian

Lizett34 said...

I grew up as a Catholic and still practice today.

lizett34@yahoo.com

betsy_blixt said...

I grew up Lutheran but I don't practice anything right now.

Megan said...

Grew up Lutheran and am still attending Lutheran services here in Chicago.
Eloisepeaches

Melissa said...

I grew up Catholic.

-tmd636

Buffy Dee said...

Grew up with a mother that did not believe in organized religion... let your conscience be your guidance

your invisible pixie said...

I grew up Jewish.

Kimmi said...

I grew up Presbyterian, but have left organized religion behind.

accidentalgypsy said...

I grew up Roman Catholic, never missing a Sunday mass (we even went on vacation), but it was a lot to take, and I haven't been to church in over 10 years and I'm proudly agnostic now.

shellybelly43066 said...

i grew up Catholic, but now I believe in just being a good person

Anonymous said...

I grew up Jewish and still am!

RebeccaE

Tiffany Drew said...

Started out as Catholic, then we were switched to Baptist. My husband was raised as a Jehovah's Witness. Who would have thought that the two of us would grow up into a fun loving pair of atheists :)

Leah B said...

I grew up with no religion [mixed faith marriage], married a non-practicing Baptist and still do not practice and sort of religion.

Read Baby Read said...

My mom always said that God is in your heart, not in a church. She faced discrimination when she married out Muslim father. She was right, it is in your heart.

Anne said...

I grew up Lutheran, and still attend church with my family

Anne Sedore

Becki**** said...

Missouri Lutheran. Very conservative.

Anonymous said...

I grew up with Judaism as my religion.

-Donna W.

Crystal said...

I grew up Catholic and now FI and I are going to marriage prep classes with a priest. I'm liking it a lot!! :)

crystal717

A.C. said...

I grew up Methodist, but really consider myself more Episcopalian.

Kristin said...

Grew up Catholic but didn't attend church regularly. We belong to a Catholic church and we are enrolling our daughter in a Lutheran preschool.

Mom'sLove said...

Did not attend church growing up and I do not now. But I feel like I have a relationship with God, and I enjoy reading the buddha teachings...
Amanda
byacourt at gmail dot com

Anonymous said...

I grew up Baptist, converted to Catholic and now back to Baptist. jennyb75

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