"I didn't need to be redeemed from any unacceptable state. I didn't suffer from any metaphysical disease. I was a living, mortal, fragile, complex sentient being, and that was fine. I could make my own decisions. I could think for myself. I had my own voice." Writer, lecturer, and maverick Logospilgrim candidly shares the remarkable and passionate journey that took her from religious belief to secular humanism.
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There's a Hula Girl on my Dashboard: How I Left Faith Behind and Embraced Life based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
A Striking and Difficult Equilibrium of Intensity and Fairness Hula Girl, Logospilgrim’s finely taut, partially elliptically hewn memoir is a text for and by pioneer(s). One reads a good book, while one feels great one. Hula Girl wouldn’t be the success it is if the author had allowed one utterance of self-pity into her narrative. Told in open, precise, lyric, elegant, and lithe prose, it’s startling how much the author accomplishes in so few pages. Strength, not the length is a facet of what makes a great book. The more precisely Logospilgrim steers her narrative, the more broadly it speaks. There is not a single false or unearned note in the entire volume. It would be reductive and dismissive to render Logospilgrim’s Hula Girl as simply a secular humanist, or atheist text. This is a human chronicle; one that welcomes almost any reader in. Hula Girl reminded me on a few occasions of Pulitzer Prize winning poet Sharon Olds and particularly the tone of Olds’ voice in her earlier work, the balance of intensity and fairness Olds achieves in Satan Says, in particular. Olds describes herself as being raised in “...a strict religious environment,” one not dissimilar to Logospilgrim. Logospilgrim’s work and style are equally and assertively inimitable, Logospilgrim’s prose is accessible and warm in the narrative climate it creates for the reader. Logospilgrim treats dark subject matter wisely, judiciously, and directly. Hula Girl is a meticulously and superbly crafted text, one well worth your time. I challenge to read you to Hula Girl and emerge from it unmoved.