Cover of RAPTURE PRACTICE by Aaron Hartzler


Aaaron Hartzlker 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, he was thrilled by the idea that every moment of every day might be his last one on 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-fledge teenage 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, the girl of your dreams can just as easily be the boy of your dreams, 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 become the person he wanted to be, without hurting the family that loved him. It’s a story about losing your faith, finding your place, and coming to know your own truth—which is always stranger than fiction.

Published by Little, Brown and Company, 2012, $17.99
416 Pages
Release date: Reprint edition – May 27, 2014
ISBN:  9780316094641


Publishers Weekly, May 6, 2013

Teenreads, April 9, 2013

Kirkus, March 15, 2013

New York Times, May 31, 2013

Archived Reviews (Posted by The New York Public Library)


Lambda LiteraryApril 18, 2013


Author’s Webpage: http://www.aaronhartzler.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/aaron007

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/aaronhartzlerbooks

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