Something Other than God: How I Passionately Sought Happiness and Accidentally Found It

Something Other than God: How I Passionately Sought Happiness and Accidentally Found It

Jennifer Fulwiler / Feb 29, 2020

Something Other than God How I Passionately Sought Happiness and Accidentally Found It Jennifer Fulwiler told herself she was happy Why wouldn t she be She made good money as a programmer at a hot tech start up had just married a guy with a stack of Ivy League degrees and lived in a t

  • Title: Something Other than God: How I Passionately Sought Happiness and Accidentally Found It
  • Author: Jennifer Fulwiler
  • ISBN: 9781586178826
  • Page: 345
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Jennifer Fulwiler told herself she was happy Why wouldn t she be She made good money as a programmer at a hot tech start up, had just married a guy with a stack of Ivy League degrees, and lived in a twenty first floor condo where she could sip sauvignon blanc while watching the sun set behind the hills of Austin Raised in a happy, atheist home, Jennifer had the freedomJennifer Fulwiler told herself she was happy Why wouldn t she be She made good money as a programmer at a hot tech start up, had just married a guy with a stack of Ivy League degrees, and lived in a twenty first floor condo where she could sip sauvignon blanc while watching the sun set behind the hills of Austin Raised in a happy, atheist home, Jennifer had the freedom to think for herself and play by her own rules Yet a creeping darkness followed her all of her life Finally, one winter night, it drove her to the edge of her balcony, making her ask once and for all why anything mattered At that moment everything she knew and believed was shattered Asking the unflinching questions about life and death, good and evil, led Jennifer to Christianity, the religion she had reviled since she was an awkward, sceptical child growing up in the Bible Belt Mortified by this turn of events, she hid her quest from everyone except her husband, concealing religious books in opaque bags as if they were porn and locking herself in public bathroom stalls to read the Bible Just when Jennifer had a profound epiphany that gave her the courage to convert, she was diagnosed with a life threatening medical condition and the only treatment was directly at odds with the doctrines of her new found faith Something Other Than God is a poignant, profound and often funny tale of one woman who set out to find the meaning of life and discovered that true happiness sometimes requires losing it all.

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      • Jennifer Fulwiler

        Jennifer Fulwiler is a programmer turned writer who chronicles her experiences of faith, motherhood, and a never ending scorpion infestation on her popular blog, ConversionDiary She s been a guest on national television shows, including Fox and Friends, Life on the Rock, and The Journey Home, and she was also the subject of the reality show Minor Revisions which is now available on Youtube She and her husband, Joe, live in Austin, Texas with their six young children.


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    1. SHORT VERSION:I can think of an awful lot of people who I'd give this book to: Christians trying to understand atheists (like a pal of mine who said, "I just don't know how those people don't believe in God." I almost shoved my copy into her hands. Almost.)Atheists trying to understand Christians.Protestants trying to understand Catholic teachings.Catholics trying to understand Church teachings.Catholics who understand but struggle with following Church teachings.Anyone wanting an inspirational [...]


    2. While I was very moved by Ms. Fulwiler's story, and often found myself evaluating my own faith while reading (raised Catholic all my life, but in a very liberal church community), I was occasionally distraught by the author's logical "leaps" along the way. She starts her journey with a strong desire to use reason as her guide, and ends up abandoning that reason whenever it suits her. I was particularly struck by the fact that she only seemed to look at a few very extreme and violent court cases [...]


    3. Some people have amazing life stories, but no skills in conveying that story to others. Some people have great storytelling skills, but no fascinating stories of their own to tell. Fulwiler has that wonderful gift of being able to not only tell her own very interesting story in an engaging way, but also to convey the humor in the more mundane moments in everyday life that typically fall into that “guess you just had to be there” category for the rest of us. I found myself chuckling at quite [...]


    4. There has been much chatter about Something Other Than God so I caved and purchased a copy. Having never read her blog I wasn't sure what to expect from her book. It came across as a bit of spoiled girl whining -- giving up all the first class travel, moving out of the luxury condo, and in with her mother while her husband gets his law firm off the ground -- and immediately turned me off so know, this book and I started off on the wrong foot. And of course there is the fact that every single quo [...]


    5. This is sort of the perfect conversion story, because Jennifer shows the messy underpinnings of it. She comes to belief slowly, almost dragged into it by her husband, but then she realizes--wait. Jesus Christ is REAL. Once this is realized, it leads her to a Catholic church, while at the same time, she's being told she has to use contraception in order to prevent life threatening pregnancy complications. Jennifer's story is real, and that's what I like the best about it. It's not a neat little " [...]


    6. This was a hard read for me.She gets points for her humor, and her appreciation for reason in approaching Christianity. As a Christian who studied philosophy, I can appreciate that. But like the other fewer-starred reviews I've read, what she thinks was reason and what actually is weren't quite the same. She gets suckered into what I can only describe as appeal to emotion. A pregnant woman reading about what happens during an abortion is definitely setting up for least rational conditions for th [...]


    7. Like most of the internet, I got sucked in and didn't put this one down until I finished. I think I remember reading a blog post in which the author said she didn't just want to write a good "conversion story." She wanted to write a good STORY story. This is definitely a good story. This book is vivid and engaging and fast paced. It isn't a typical conversion story in that she doesn't spend a lot of time explaining or defending the doctrines of the faith that she eventually embraces. She does we [...]


    8. I'm reading some pretty great books right now and all of them are on hold because this book is the only thing I've been reading since it arrived on my doorstep. Been looking forward to it for years, as a long time reader of Jennifer Fulwiler's blog, and so far it has been worth the wait.Update 5/12/14 - I finished this and I was right: it was worth the wait. I related to some parts of this and other parts presented an experience completely new to me. I laughed at parts, I cried a few times, and [...]


    9. Dramatic, brutally honest conversion story from a woman born to and raised by atheist parents. Ms. Fulwiler describes, in some detail, the role apologetics (including the work of J.P. Moreland and Lee Strobel) had in pointing her towards the ultimate truth of Christianity. In an account that reads like a well-written novel, she walks you though her personal journey from hostile atheism to Roman Catholicism. Her fascinating story, intelligent insights, and dry witt made the book a real page-turne [...]


    10. 4 stars because she says offensive things about cilantro ;)I was honestly very surprised how much I enjoyed this book. I know it's been a labor of love and through the editorial wringer multiple times for a few years, and I thought the result was a very well written, tightly edited spiritual memoir. What I appreciated most was Fulwiler's dogged persistence in grappling with the "problem of pain," as C.S. Lewis would put it, especially as the suffering within her own family's history seems to ser [...]


    11. I very sporadically read Fulwiler's blog and didn't know much of her story beyond the fact that she grew up atheist and converted to Catholicism as an adult. Unfortunately, her conversion story is told with a honeymoon glow and her reasoning suffers for it. I had a hard time believing she did such an about face on her most stout non-religious opinions, especially when she based her new beliefs on spurious research. I also struggled with the book's tone. This was a disappointing read.


    12. Got to the half-way point but couldn't stick it. The author came across as self-centered and shallow and not nearly as bright as you'd expect. The husband wasn't much better. I just didn't want to spend any more time with those people. One man's meat is another man's poison


    13. I found this book while browsing the nonfiction titles at the public library. Since I now work in a (Presbyterian, not Catholic) seminary library, it caught my attention. It was published by Ignatius Press, which makes it no surprise that it is,at heart,a book of Catholic apologetics. The hook for this book is that the author was raised by parents who are agnostic and atheist. She opens the book with an experience from her childhood when she went to a summer church camp with friends and was brie [...]


    14. I can't remember now how this book came up on my radar, but it had been on my list ever since I heard about it. Though I was cautious about the author converting to Catholicism, cautious about her choice of Christian denomination not about the conversion itself, I found the jacket description to speak to me: Someone who didn't believe in God, then believed in God but was super afraid of Him, who then found herself on a path to clear and peaceful belief. Fulwiler seems to have reached a point of [...]


    15. A wonderful conversion story, elegantly written, to which I could personally relate. I find it difficult to get through books quickly these days, but I couldn't put this down, even though I knew--from Ms. Fulwiler's blog, website, and radio show--how it would turn out. Definitely a book I'll be sharing with others.



    16. Kelsey LowS. PhillipsReligion IV – 1st hour23 April 2017Something Other Than God: ReviewAs I read the novel Jennifer Fulwiler told herself she was happy. She made good money as a programmer at a tech start-up, had just married a guy with a stack of Ivy League degrees, and lived in a twenty-first-floor condo where she could sip sauvignon blanc while watching the sun set behind the hills of Austin. Mortified by a turn of events, she hid her quest from everyone except her husband, concealing reli [...]


    17. I couldn't be more different than Jennifer Fulwiler. She was raised atheist; I was raised Catholic; She traveled the country with her boyfriend; I stayed home alone. She studied the sciences; I studied the arts. She's tall; I'm . . . not. Jennifer's journey to God and her home in the Catholic Church is vastly different than mine. The remarkable thing is this beautiful memoir that reads more like a novel demonstrates the universality of God and his love for each of us. It is just one example - al [...]


    18. I've listened to Jen's radio show a few times over the years and always found her to be smart, funny and down to earth so I thought I'd check out her book. Her writing was just as I expected - honest, smart, and funny. Being a liberal Texan, and someone who also went through RCIA and converted to Catholicism as an adult, I could relate to many of her struggles and experiences. I only wish she had spent more time on her acceptance of the Church's beliefs on abortion and birth control. She had suc [...]


    19. I loved this. It was compelling, funny, and so moving. I wasn't sure how much I would get out of it since I've never been an atheist, but it reminded me of all the reasons I'm a Christian. It was also so interesting to read about how many of her issues with Christianity were resolved after she considered the Catholic teaching.


    20. Con un lenguaje fluido y con constantes comentarios con un deje sarcástico encantador, Jennifer Fulwiler relata su conversión del ateismo al cristianismo; es de destacar sus referencias a otras obras, con argumentos interesantes, que ella analiza a conciencia.




    21. An authentic, inspiring, and entertaining account of how the Lord led one family from being atheists to joy-filled Catholics. Highly recommend!


    22. It was a heartwarming tale of an atheist converting to Catholicism. Although I plan on remaining Protestant, it raised (and answered) very good questions about Christianity and atheism. It was written as a story, not an apologetic book, and was fun and easy to read. I liked it overall.


    23. Oh my goodness. Where to begin. I loved this book. Just loved it. I had read the author's writing on her blog and enjoyed it, but this was a completely different experience.As a cradle Catholic, I am always fascinated by the stories of how converts find Catholicism. And this story is just amazing. The journey the author undergoes from a determined atheist to a staunch Catholic is, quite simply, inspiring. As she researches Catholicism and reads everything she can get her hands on to understand t [...]


    24. I'd thought this was going to be about a woman's spiritual searching, but it reads more like thinly veiled Catholic propaganda. I'm sure that the author's conversion to Catholicism was authentic for her and I absolutely respect the solace and joy that comes from faith regardless of the religion [and let me just add that as an art historian I'm endlessly grateful for the Catholic church!], but my problem is with the writing in this book. Each chapter, especially about one-third into the book, bas [...]


    25. I'd been waiting for a catholic book I could recommend to my friends, a book that was not just academic but also entertaining. "Something Other Than God" not only lays out a well-researched, logical, and powerful rationale for belief in Catholicism, but it also tells a captivating, "can't-put-it-down" story. (All I thought about for the five days it took me to read this book was when I was going to be able to pick it up again. I was addicted.) Jennifer is a witty and intelligent writer, and her [...]


    26. Summary: Jennifer was a passionate atheist, until she began to see God working in her life.Why I Read This: I enjoy Jennifer's blog and thought that I would enjoy her too, book.Review: I really did enjoy her book. It's a good introduction to how many people find the faith. There's a quote that goes around by Ven. Fulton Sheen which says something like, “There are not one hundred people in the United States who hate The Catholic Church, but there are millions who hate what they wrongly perceive [...]


    27. A page turner to be sure. Funny, intelligent, authentic, and brave. Her willingness to honestly explore her doubt is an inspiration. I finished it in a day; this is one of those books that left me a little sad at the end because I'll never get to experience reading it for the first time again. The only gripe I have is that she seems to have some deep-seated irrational hatred of cilantro. She seems so reasonable, logical, and thoughtful with all other aspects of her story. And cilantro is amazing [...]


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