Sin Bravely: My Great Escape from Evangelical Hell by Maggie Rowe

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Read Sin Bravely: My Great Escape from Evangelical Hell Online Free - As a young girl, Maggie Rowe took the idea of salvation very seriously. Growing up in a moderately religious household, her fear of eternal damnation turned into a childhood terror that drove her to become an outrageously dedicated Born-again Christian —regularly slinging Bible verses in cutthroat scripture memorization competitions and assaulting strangers at shopping malls with the “good news” that they were going to hell.

Finally, at nineteen, crippled by her fear, she checked herself in to an Evangelical psychiatric facility —or as the less polite might say, a Born-again nuthouse. And that is where her journey really began. Surrounded by a ragtag cast of characters, including a former biker meth-head struggling with anger management issues, a set of identical twins tormented by erotic fantasies, a World War II veteran and artist of denial who insists that he’s only “locked up for a tune-up,” and a warm and upbeat chronic depressive who becomes the author’s closest ally, Maggie launches a campaign to, in the words of Martin Luther, “Sin bravely in order to know the forgiveness of God.”

Told in a voice both funny and heartfelt, Sin Bravely is a tour de force, voice-driven debut that examines how one woman finally found the middle ground between Heaven and Hell.

Title : Sin Bravely: My Great Escape from Evangelical Hell
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ISBN : 1593766599
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 225 pages


Trey rated it ★★★★☆

March 22, 2017

A comedic and endearing memoir of a woman's sincere quest to confront difficult questions about her faith and resolve personal struggles. Maggie Rowe with much depth, clarity and cleverness, communicates her anxieties and fears about her spiritual health and future as a Christian. Literalism and...

Truman32 rated it ★★☆☆☆

September 10, 2017

Sin Bravely: My Great Escape from Evangelical Hell is not nearly as funny nor as brave as it thinks it is. Maggie Rowe suffers from a type of mental sickness that makes her fear eternal damnation. Since she was a little girl she has felt that her actions/thoughts/misbehaviors would bring her divi...

John (JP) rated it ★★★★★

February 26, 2017

.Pecca Fortiter or Sin Bravely is both the title of book and the solution to doubt that a Christian psychiatrist offers to Maggie Rowe. The precise saying comes from a saying of Martin Luther church reformer :"God does not save people who are only fictitious sinners. Be a sinner and sin boldly, b...

Elizabeth rated it ★★★★★

February 02, 2017

I just finished this book and I miss it already. Much of Maggie's experience parallels mine, as a literal-minded, truth-seeking child with perfectionist tendencies making my way through an Evangelical upbringing. As her story unfolded, I recognized scripture verses I thought I'd forgotten and tho...

Amy rated it ★★★★★

February 06, 2017

Manic, entertaining, and compulsively sincere, Sin Bravely is a cathartic experience pressed between paperback covers. I was disappointed when I ran out of pages to read. Maggie's wry, earnest voice and skillful storytelling kept me engaged in what's sometimes been for me a difficult topic with w...

Carrie rated it ★★★★☆

June 21, 2017

I almost put this down thinking it was just going to turn religion into a giant joke. But it really didn't! The author struggles (still) with a lot of the same contradictory thoughts I have about Christianity and its role in my past and present life. This book was a great example of following the...

Carol rated it ★★★☆☆

June 14, 2017

3.75 I had mixed feelings about this memoir. First of all, it was quite compelling, never a dull moment. It also rang very true to a certain culture that I, too, was raised in, and which I spent many a tortured midnight worrying about. I especially resonated with 'saying the prayer' a kazillion ti...

Carol rated it ★★★★☆

April 02, 2017

My copy has a different subtitle. Sin Bravely: A Memoir of Spiritual Disobedience. I like that better. But whatever the title, it's a charming book. A memoir about struggling with anxiety over salvation perhaps shouldn't be this entertaining, but Sin Bravely is a compelling, heart-felt book that m...

Jan rated it ★★★★☆

October 26, 2017

This was an uncomfortable read for me--especially the first third because it made me think hard about the message Evangelical Christians routinely offer and how it can be received and perceived by some. Maggie was brought up in a church going family. She was bright, sensitive, precocious and very...

Laura rated it ★★★★☆

June 05, 2017

3.5 The subtitle of this book is misleading. It's not a memoir of spiritual disobedience, but of spiritual anxiety. The title and blurb lead me to believe that before too long, Maggie would come across the idea of sinning bravely, and we would hear of her spiritual transformation through purposef...

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