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She describes herself in girlhood as a true believer, utterly devoted to Jesus and immersed in the life of her congregation.As time passed, she began asking questions about the role of her gender within her church and society.She even professed her love for him through being baptized. [Campbell’s] writing is striking for the compassion with which she views her younger self, a fledgling believer confined in a cage of manmade rules.”—Jane Ciabattari, More“Rarely has a genuine feminist emerged from the modern evangelical movement. [and gives] readers a hook to grab on to as they ponder life’s big questions alongside a tomboy theologian.”—Harry Levins, St. Fundamentalism ‘broke off in us,’ like a sword, seems a poignant metaphor for the injuries suffered.

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Hartford Courant columnist Campbell was raised in Missouri as a member of the church of Christ (they were taught not to capitalize church).

Although the author describes her personal experience of growing up in the church as characterized by fear and guilt, she displays an obvious nostalgia for her old faith.

By the age of twelve, Susan Campbell had been flirting with Jesus for some time, and in her mind, Jesus had been flirting back. She went to his house three times a week, listened to his stories, loudly and lustily sang songs to him.

Several pages recall the night she spent as a sophomore at the homecoming game, hashing out her angst from that mundane moment.

Though her faith background and her budding feminism color the event to some degree, readers are forced to act as therapists while the author relives her worries over being the only virgin (she thinks) in the homecoming court.

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