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With unflinching honesty and humor, Kate Landis chronicles the hardest parts of her young adulthood as well as her poignant journey to faith and community.

Product Code: 3146
ISBN: 9781558968578
Format: Paperback / softback
Publisher: Skinner House Books
Published Date: 06/10/2020
Pages: 336
Availability:In stock
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Price: $18.00

Kate Landis grew up in the American Baptist Church—the child of a music director and a deacon—until she left the church in her late teens after surviving major depression and a handful of suicide attempts. She became an activist, feminist, punk, and self-described rabble rouser. And through activism she found a spiritual community with justice at its core and a faith that could hold it all—her mental illness, her fire, her spunk, and all of her questions—a loving, stubborn grace.

With unflinching honesty and humor in the vein of Cheryl Strayed and David Sedaris but a raw tenderness all her own, Landis chronicles the hardest parts of her young adulthood as well as her poignant journey to faith and community.


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Introduction

1. The Incomplete Castle
2. The Family Curse
3. Emma and Wilma
4. It’s All Jimmy Carter’s Fault
5. Choose Jesus . . . or Else
6. Sadness the Chimp and the Evil Katieo
7. Mad Dog the Angry Adolescent
8. Technicolor Romance
9. Psych Hospital, Version One
10. Off the Roof
11. Electric Hallelujah
12. Sharon Jumped
13. No Resurrection for Cool Girls
14. Great Jobs I Got Fired From
15. The Patriarchy Always Knocks Twice
16. Good Choices, Bad Reasons
17. Stealing Junk
18. Accidentally Stealing
19. Two Pink Lines
20. Big Sister God
21. Starting Single
22. Once Burned, Twice Shy
23. Fasten Your Theological Seatbelt
24. Like in Washington?
25. The Dalai Lama Says I’m Okay. My Niece Disagrees.
26. Refusing to Be Enemies
27. A Streetcar Named Dignity
28. Good Guys
29. Ferocious Love
30. Heaven Is a Place on Earth
31. Riding Horses to Heaven
32. Spiritual Safety Rails
33. But You’ll Die!
34. Jazz Hands for the Prodigal Son

Benediction

“I wrote this book in order to be rich and famous—Ha, kidding! No one gets rich off writing books about spirituality. Well, except Elizabeth Gilbert, but Eat, Pray, Love had hot sex scenes, and this book does not. Sorry about that. But I wrote this book because spirituality is the thing I think you have been longing for, that sense of greater meaning. Wonder and awe. A sense of your place in the world that is bigger than what you do for work or what you buy or the exotic places you have traveled. You are a part of an interdependent web of all existence. You are holy and good down to your very marrow. Your resilience and kindness and patience and intellect are blowing God’s mind. Did you know that? Is it time to explore it?”

“Kate Landis’ memoir is an honest look at her experiences as a person with mental health problems and the story of how love of family and a spiritual community helped her to recover. Her story involves experiences of anxiety, suicidal depression, psychiatric hospitalizations, loss of friends, and addiction of a family member, but also the love and support of her family, friends, and church community. I think this book will give hope to others who may be suffering mentally but have not been able to admit it to others, or maybe even to themselves. It may encourage them to reach out for connection with a spiritual community.”
—Barbara Meyers, author of Held: Showing Up for Each Other’s Mental Health

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