Once You Go In by Carly Gelsinger

Once You Go In

Carly Gelsinger is an awkward and lonely thirteen-year-old when she stumbles into Pine Canyon Assemblies of God, the cracked stucco church on the outskirts of her remote small town. She assimilates, despite her apprehensions, because she is desperate to belong. Soon, she is on fire for God. She speaks in tongues, slays demons, and follows her abusive pastor’s every word―and it’s not until her life is burnt to the ground that she finds the c...


Details Once You Go In

TitleOnce You Go In
ISBN9781631524295
Author
Release DateOct 16th, 2018
PublisherShe Writes Press
LanguageEnglish
GenreNonfiction, Autobiography, Memoir, Religion, Reference
Rating

Reviews Once You Go In

  • Andrea 'Andi'
    2018-08-05
    Beautifully written memoir that really touched a nerve in me. As a Christian (raised Baptist), I wasn't sure how I'd feel reading this, but I was right there with the author. The way it's written made me feel like I was right there through all of her trials and tribulations, and I found myself saying, "No, don't do that!" or "Wait, think about what you're doing!" By the end, it felt like I'd gone full circle with her; I was tired, I was hopeful, ...
  • Amanda Voss
    2018-10-14
    This memoir is such a captivating story about faith and triumph over fear. It’s a compassionate and gripping telling of a girls grasp on faith and how a horrible tragedy leads her back to faith. It’s a real interesting story to read and it leaves you wanting to read it until the very end. You cannot put it down. Carly does a great story telling of her own ordeals and it’s just a fabulous read.
  • Rebecca
    2018-10-29
    This was such a compelling narrative of one individual's experience with a semi-closed conservative Pentacostal church community that I read it in just a few days. I couldn't put it down. I kept waiting for what I've come to expect in such memoirs: a zealous religious leader turning out to be corrupt and abusive. Instead, what I found was much more subtle yet nonetheless traumatic, particularly because the church's strictures were so all-consumin...
  • April Greissinger
    2018-10-16
    Big thanks to BookSparks for sending me this free book in exchange for my honest review!!"My fire for God changed m, and wile I never want to go back, I can see hope is leading the way to something goo. It has led me to the slow growth of faith, of small shoots of life pushing up from dead stumps, of expansive views of hope I may have never seen otherwise." First off, what an amazing outlook and reflection on life after all the experiences she ha...
  • Kelly
    2018-10-23
    Another interesting read on the Bookspark's Magic of Memoir Tour! I'm always intrigued by cults and radical religions. This one was told from the perspective of a teenage girl who initially looks to religion to find friendship. While she tries to immerse herself in the Pentecostal church (including conforming to the rules, speaking in tongues, and trying to convert others) she finds herself struggling with her beliefs and commitment to the church...
  • Lisa
    2018-10-16
    Once You Go In is a well written, fast paced memoir about the author’s time in a radical church. Carly Gelainger has a very conversational writing style that feels like she is narrating her story in real time. Beginning as an awkward and lonely teen who just goes to the local bible camp to make friends, she is soon swept into a life that revolves around the church. No secular music, even the Beatles!!!, and modest clothing. Never quite able to ...
  • Kimberly
    2018-10-23
    Carly Gelsinger's journey through and out of evangelical Christianity is very powerful. If you've never understood radical religion, her experiences will take you there and show you why it appealed to her as a teen. If you have left conservative or evangelical Christianity you will see parts of your own story reflected in hers. She has a gift for making the complicated personal and clear. I'm so glad to have read this book!
  • Duncan G Aldridge
    2018-10-18
    Really interesting book about Carly's spiritual journey.
  • Cara Meredith
    2018-10-12
    A powerful, beautiful spiritual memoir that’s bound to paint a new picture of revival, a thousand times over.
  • Josiah
    2018-08-03
    Stunning
  • ACE VOLTA
    2018-10-01
    Carly Gelsinger is an awkward and lonely thirteen-year-old when she stumbles into Pine Canyon Assemblies of God, the cracked stucco church on the outskirts of her remote small town. She assimilates, despite her apprehensions, because she is desperate to belong. Soon, she is on fire for God. She speaks in tongues, slays demons, and follows her abusive pastor’s every word―and it’s not until her life is burnt to the ground that she finds the c...
  • Macy Rodriguez
    2018-08-30
    I was pleasantly surprised to find myself so invested in the characters of this memoir. This was a great read about a "crazy for Jesus" teenager & her life inside her religious "cult". The verbage at the beginning of the book had me a little put off. I felt as if I was reading straight out of Carly's 7th grade journal. I completely understand this is a memoir and the author purposely did this to convey her adolescent thinking. However as a reader...
  • Kat
    2018-10-24
    A huge thank you to #Netgalley and She Writes Press for this copy of "Once You Go In" in exchange for my honest review. A very well-written story about breaking the chains of a hostile church and finding one's truth. Carly Gelsinger is a dedicated young woman "ON FIRE" for Jesus. When she joins Pine Canyon Church, a radically Pentecostal church, she begins to experience a feeling of acceptance and purpose. She feels God speaking to her, through h...