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High Points and Lows: Life, Faith, and Figuring It All Out
     

High Points and Lows: Life, Faith, and Figuring It All Out

by Austin Carty
 

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For readers who loved Blue Like Jazz, comes inspiration and advice from Survivor contestant and Christian speaker Austin Carty

Figuring out who you want to be in life is never easy. In High Points and Lows, Austin Carty traces his own stumbling journey toward adulthood and true

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Read Austin Carty's posts on the Penguin Blog

For readers who loved Blue Like Jazz, comes inspiration and advice from Survivor contestant and Christian speaker Austin Carty

Figuring out who you want to be in life is never easy. In High Points and Lows, Austin Carty traces his own stumbling journey toward adulthood and true faith, drawing on lessons from pop culture and Christianity. In these funny and moving essays that address questions on faith, goals, and vocation, Carty offers an uplifting message for religious and secular audiences alike.

By turns amusing and endearing, Carty's essays explore everything from misguided evangelicals who treat salvation as a cottage industry to the real danger of cheating in school-everyone will think you're brilliant and then you've got a real problem. Whether he is failing miserably at his first real job as a nightclub gofer, explaining how Saved by the Bell has ruined our youth, or struggling to come to terms with the death of a beloved friend, Carty demonstrates how finding the courage to be ourselves is the best way to forge a genuine connection with friends, family, and God.

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Library Journal
Carty's face is well known: he was the handsome Christian in the 2006 season of Survivor. Here, he collects a number of his essays, demonstrating a prose style and choice of subject and approach that mesh with his easygoing manner in televised appearances. He takes on drink, baseball, romance, rock 'n' roll, cheating (and making good for it), and evangelism. VERDICT While it is hard to imagine that Carty's affable essays would garner much attention sans Survivor fame, his charmingly casual memoirlike sermonettes aptly illustrate the condition of the young modern Christian who embraces both Hootie & the Blowfish and Jesus.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780452295803
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
01/26/2010
Edition description:
Original
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 7.60(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

What People are Saying About This

Cathleen Falsani
"Austin Carty has a gift unique in Christian circles: he's refreshingly honest, genuinely funny, and uncommonly humble. Here is the life of a believer-mountaintops, valleys, and the occasional desert island. Christian colleges would do well by making it required reading for every freshman class. Faith is messy because life is messy. But it's a beautiful mess."--(Cathleen Falsani, author of Sin Boldly: A Field Guide for Grace and The Dude Abides: the Gospel According to the Coen Brothers)

Koren Zailckas
"These charming essays possess memoir's most important quality: lack of inhibition. In High Points and Lows, Austin Carty invites readers to share his most intimate misadventures in faith, doubt, television celebrity, and Southern American coming-of-age. This collection is a generous gift to readers of all backgrounds and beliefs, imbued with wonder, compassion, playfulness, pop culture and self-deprecation. If St. Augustine watched cable television and drove a Dodge pickup, one wonders if The Confessions wouldn't read like this."--(Koren Zailckas, author of Smashed: Story of a Drunken Girlhood)
Shane Claiborne
"I'm not sure if Jesus sat in a rocking chair drinking sweat tea as he talked theology, but maybe the Pharisees would have loosened up a little if he had. High Points and Lows is sweet-tea theology, down-home southern style, and whether you are a small town carpenter or a southern Baptist preacher, you'll find a little something of God in here. No doubt, Austin's story will help many a lonely hitchhiker thumb their way to heaven."--(Shane Claiborne, author of Jesus for President and founder of The Simple Way)
Susan E. Isaacs
"HIGH POINTS AND LOWS is deceptive: Carty lures you in with his easy wit and entertaining stories, but then he nudges you into a deeper truth about Jesus and faith. If youth and singles pastors could make the gospel as relatable as Carty has, I suspect there'd be a lot more butts in the pews."--(Susan E. Isaacs, author of Angry Conversations with God)

Meet the Author

AUSTIN CARTY was a contestant on Survivor in 2006 and is a popular Christian speaker. He lives in North Carolina.

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