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Picking Dandelions: A Search for Eden Among…

Picking Dandelions: A Search for Eden Among Life's Weeds

by Sarah Cunningham

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NCLA Review - Written by a pastor’s daughter, this memoir describes her feelings on being a pastor’s kid, and moves on to her experiences at college, her marriage, her teaching career and the inspiration she found volunteering at Ground Zero. Throughout runs the thread of her desire to become more Christ-like. She describes her prayers, admitting to God that she hates some people, telling God of the faults of others, while asking Him to help her overcome her shortcomings and to reflect Him more fully. It’s a breezy sometimes funny account I could relate to. She writes, “I try to get things straight with God, to own up to who I am and reflect on who I want to be.” “This lasts for about half an hour,” she admits. In one hilarious chapter, she tries to heal her trait of impatience as she teaches a class of inattentive, unruly high school students. Rating: 3.5 —EB ( )
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Sarah Cunningham, a moderate middle-class white girl who grew up in the Michigan countryside, speaks about God with humor and honesty more characteristic of liberal west-coast writers. In this warm and witty memoir, she describes finding and keeping a personal faith in the quirky settings of her ultra-Christian childhood. Whether recounting living next to a cemetery, teaching at-risk high schoolers, or listening to her grandmother's stories about being a British 'war bride,' the author weaves faith into down-to-earth metaphors of growth and renewal, planting and reaping, greenery and weeds. In the end, Cunningham succeeds in sifting through the dysfunctions and flaws of human life and discovering pockets of God's original Eden goodness for both herself and for you. Picking Dandelions is a candid and personal account of outgrowing laissez-faire Christianity, moving into mature faith, and realizing that a God-following person is a changing person ... and you just might follow suit.

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