Something Other Than God: How I Passionately Sought Happiness and Accidentally Found It

Something Other Than God: How I Passionately Sought Happiness and Accidentally Found It

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Jennifer Fulwiler told herself she was happy. Why wouldn't she be? She made good money as a programmer at a hot tech start-up, had just married a guy with a stack of Ivy League degrees, and lived in a twenty-first-floor condo where she could sip sauvignon blanc while watching the sun set behind the hills of Austin.

Raised in a happy, atheist home, Jennifer had the freedom to think for herself and play by her own rules. Yet a creeping darkness followed her all of her life. Finally, one winter night, it drove her to the edge of her balcony, making her ask once and for all why anything mattered. At that moment everything she knew and believed was shattered.

Asking the unflinching questions about life and death, good and evil, led Jennifer to Christianity, the religion she had reviled since she was an awkward, sceptical child growing up in the Bible Belt. Mortified by this turn of events, she hid her quest from everyone except her husband, concealing religious books in opaque bags as if they were porn and locking herself in public bathroom stalls to read the Bible.

Just when Jennifer had a profound epiphany that gave her the courage to convert, she was diagnosed with a life-threatening medical condition-and the only treatment was directly at odds with the doctrines of her new-found faith. Something other than God is a poignant, profound and often funny tale of one woman who set out to find the meaning of life and discovered that true happiness sometimes requires losing it all.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781621641520
Publisher: Ignatius Press
Publication date: 10/10/2016
Edition description: new softcover edition with new afterword
Pages: 250
Sales rank: 95,151
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Jennifer Fulwiler is a writer, a speaker, and the host of the Jennifer Fulwiler Show on the SiriusXM radio network. She has been a guest on a variety of national television shows and was the subject of the reality show Minor Revisions. She lives with her husband, six children, and a one-eyed cat in Austin, Texas. You can connect with her at

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Something Other Than God: How I Passionately Sought Happiness and Accidentally Found It 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've been following Jennifer's blog for maybe 4 years now, and while I knew bits of her conversion story, this was a chance to hear about her whole journey. (Admittedly, I am a sucker for a conversion story being a Catholic convert myself.) If you are looking for Earth-shattering miracles or visions of Christ, this is not the book for you. If you are looking for an honest look at oneself, family norms, society, Catholicism and Christianity in general, check it out. This book is a reminder that while we may try to run from and deny God, He is always there; sometimes pursuing, sometimes just waiting for us.
khouria_jen More than 1 year ago
I'm an atheist-turned-Christian and I found so much with which I could identify.  The only difference is that my conversion happened as a teenager instead of as an adult.  The chapter on digging fossils was excellent, especially as I was also one of those kids with existential questions. I cannot recommend the book highly enough, especially for those thinking about becoming Catholic or Christian but who are afraid.  I wish it had been around 19 years ago when I was a 15 year old and dealing with all of this.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is for everybody. For those who are searching for the meaning in life, the rock-solid atheist, the convert, the devout Catholic. It is an amazing story of a woman's journey from cradle Atheism to her awakening to the truths of the universe. As a baby being born, she struggles inch by inch to discover a new reality that brings her peace beyond her wildest dreams. One reviewer said they read the book in one sitting. I could have done the same but I wanted to relive Fulwiler's experience and savor  the joy in the  revelations of her conversion. I highly recommend this book. 
JoAnnaW More than 1 year ago
I read this book cover-to-cover in one sitting - it was so riveting I couldn't put it down. It's a fascinating, heartrending journey from atheism and despair to faith and redemption. Highly recommended!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of the best book I've ever read about Catholicism. It answered all my questions that I had about the Church.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love Jen Fulwiler and her story of conversion and of finding God. She’s truthful about her journey and is easy to relate to. Her humor and wit also make this an enjoyable read!!
fowlergirl More than 1 year ago
Have followed Jen on her radio show on The Catholic Channel Sirius XM channel 129 for a while. So I thought it was time to read her conversion story. Have listened to the story on CD, but the book has so much more in it. Great story. God truly does provide.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book begins with a jarring -- and damning -- depiction of the evangelical culture that surrounds me. What makes it jarring is that it is so true. Truth, I think, is the greatest strength of this story of personal transformation. Fulwiler does not pull punches on what she thought of Christianity or the church or the Bible through her various stages of change. Her truth telling remains constant. And just as jarring as the opening chapters is the recurring panic attack brought on by the sense of pointlessness in the god-free worldview she held much of her life, an atheistic view of the world that is perfectly suited for and attuned to today's postmodern culture. Her life changes with the birth of her first child. She cannot square the intense love she has for her newborn with her rational worldview, which tells her there is nothing particularly important about her baby. When life has no purpose, lifeforms have no meaning or value. This conflict sent her into what sounds like a debilitating depression. She came out on the other end a tentative Christian. The Catholic church plays a critical role in leading her forward. Fulwiler's story takes her from a young professional who thought abortion is no big deal to a woman whose pregnancy threatened her life -- yet she refused to consider abortion to save herself or even contraception to avoid another pregnancy. Hers is a compelling story. But I only give it three stars because I felt there was a lot that was left unstated. The story moved along as she became astonishingly braver in following her new faith -- yet the story doesn't seem to explain what triggered each new growth of faith and trust. Also, her husband follows a similar track with her and I felt like his personal transformation was essentially unexplained.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Appealing true story of one woman’s conversion from atheism to Catholicism. The author and her nominal-Christian husband were fortunately reawakened to Jesus during their young married life of hectic career and parenting responsibilities. While in her second pregnancy a serious health situation developed where the author had a blood clot in one of her legs: her new faith provided a solid foundation to continue the pregnancy and others. Apparently her atheist life began with her father, and continued through young adulthood due to misconceptions, errors, and anti-church propaganda that are common in our culture today. Using her computer skills, she was able to connect with Catholics on the Internet who shared accurate and encouraging information. During her adolescent and college atheistic years, her reported experiences with Christians were generally negative, and, hopefully, Christians will rethink their interactions with atheists and model charitable behavior. This book provides a pleasant, fast-moving memoir by a contemporary author. Recommended for ages 16 and up.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sometimes you can learn a lot about yourself by reading about someone else's journey in faith.
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AnnieWoods More than 1 year ago
This is the account of an atheist's journey from non-belief to belief, told in an easy-reading narrative. While it is the story of how she returned to the Catholic faith into which she was born, it is not piously stuffy. I found it to be quite enjoyable and recommend it to anyone who might be searching for the Truth.
Aning More than 1 year ago
I purchased this book couple of days ago and i dont know why i couldnt open it now in my library.. :(