Rapture Practice: A True Story About Growing Up Gay In An Evangelical Family

Paperback | May 27, 2014

byAaron Hartzler

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Sometimes salvation is found in the strangest places: a true story.
Aaron Hartzler grew up in a home where he was taught that at any moment the Rapture could happen. That Jesus might come down in the twinkling of an eye and scoop Aaron and his family up to heaven. As a kid, Aaron was thrilled by the idea that every moment of every day might be his last one on planet Earth.
But as Aaron turns sixteen, he finds himself more attached to his earthly life and curious about all the things his family forsakes for the Lord. He begins to realize he doesn't want the Rapture to happen just yet--not before he sees his first movie, stars in the school play, or has his first kiss. Eventually Aaron makes the plunge from conflicted do-gooder to full-fledged teen rebel.
Whether he's sneaking out, making out, or playing hymns with a hangover, Aaron learns a few lessons that can't be found in the Bible. He discovers that the best friends aren't always the ones your mom and dad approve of, and the tricky part about believing is that no one can do it for you.
In this funny and heartfelt coming-of-age memoir, debut author Aaron Hartzler recalls his teenage journey to find the person he is without losing the family that loves him. It's a story about losing your faith and finding your place and your own truth--which is always stranger than fiction.

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Sometimes salvation is found in the strangest places: a true story.Aaron Hartzler grew up in a home where he was taught that at any moment the Rapture could happen. That Jesus might come down in the twinkling of an eye and scoop Aaron and his family up to heaven. As a kid, Aaron was thrilled by the idea that every moment of every day m...

Aaron Hartzler grew up in Kansas City, mainly on the Missouri side. A writer and an actor, he splits his time between Los Angeles and Palm Springs, where he lives with his boyfriend, Nathan, and their two dogs, Charlie and Brahms.Rapture Practiceis his first book. Aaron invites you to visit him online at www.aaronhartzler.com.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:416 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1.12 inPublished:May 27, 2014Publisher:Little, Brown Books for Young ReadersLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0316094641

ISBN - 13:9780316094641

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"Rapture Practice is inspiring, hilarious, frustrating, and beautiful. Thank you, Aaron Hartzler, for enriching my life by allowing me to experience important moments in yours."
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Jay Asher, author of #1 New York Times bestseller Thirteen Reasons Why