Rapture Practice: A True Story
Rapture Practice: A True Story

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Annotation: Describes the author's coming of age in a fervently religious household that believed Jesus's return to Earth to take the faithful to heaven was imminent, recounting his growing doubts and how the sacrifices prompted his transformation from a conflicted do-gooder to full-fledged teen rebel.
Catalog Number: #80328
Format: Perma-Bound Edition
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Copyright Date: 2013
Edition Date: 2013
Pages: 390 pages
Availability: Indefinitely Out of Stock (Limited Quantities Available)
ISBN: Publisher: 0-316-09465-X Perma-Bound: 0-605-80350-1
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-0-316-09465-8 Perma-Bound: 978-0-605-80350-3
Dewey: 921
LCCN: 2012028746
Dimensions: 21 cm.
Genre: Biographies
Language: English
Reviewing Agencies:
ALA Booklist (Sat Jun 01 00:00:00 CDT 2013)
Horn Book (Thu Aug 01 00:00:00 CDT 2013)
Kirkus Reviews
National Council For Social Studies Notable Children's Trade
School Library Journal (Wed May 01 00:00:00 CDT 2013)
Voice of Youth Advocates
Wilson's High School Catalog
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Word Count: 91,550
Reading Level: 5.2
Interest Level: 9+
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 5.2 / points: 14.0 / quiz: 157784 / grade: Upper Grades
Reading Counts!: reading level:5.5 / points:22.0 / quiz:Q60295
Lexile: 850L

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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