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Excerpt: "Several months into my first year of college, I realized there was an optional worship service for students every Sunday evening and that anyone who wanted to be considered a Christian by her peers had better show up. For weeks, I had been blissfully deluded, spending my Sunday evenings running through the hills around town, then . hanging out in the dorm lobby-a lobby which was, I'll admit, eerily empty, as if the rapture had come and carried away everyone except me. Students bursting through the lobby doors on those nights always provided certain relief: I had not missed the second coming after all."


Originally published as chapter 18, “Inventing a Testimony,” of Jesus Girls: True Tales of Growing Up Female and Evangelical. Eugene: Wipf and Stock, 2009.

Used by permission of Wipf and Stock Publishers.