Alter Girl is a tour de force of learning how to abandon preconceptions of the life of faith and embrace what is so generously given. Beautifully and honestly written.
Eugene H. Peterson, Pastor and author of The Message
You hold in your hands an epic tale through religious disillusionment into a discovery of a more personal and vibrant faith. With refreshing wit and candor, Andrea Syverson invites you inside her Catholic upbringing, her marriage outside that faith, and her efforts to live out her faith with a community of believers. Not everyone finds their way through this journey with their faith intact. She did, and what she discovered along the way can be of real help to you.
Wayne Jacobsen, Collaborator on The Shack and author of He Loves Me and Finding Church
Alter Girl is a must-read for any church leader who is serious about the question of why faithful people leave the church. Syversons story is vulnerable and honest, raw, and layered with significance. Like many who struggle with the institutional church, Syversons decision was thoughtful, discerning, and deeply reflective. This is a story of love seeking an even Greater Love that could only be found by leaving something behind.
John M. Vitek, President and Chief Executive Officer, Saint Marys Press, Inc.
Andrea Syverson has written a gripping book that is equal parts memoir/thriller/ confessional/spiritual call-to-arms. Henri Nouwen wrote, "That which is most personal is most universal," and this book proves his point. In her journey from a Catholic upbringing as sure and expected as gravity, to the open expanse of an evangelical adventure in the wild West, she offers an emotionally raw peak into her gathering intimacy with Jesus. This book could have been a polemic; instead, it is shot through with affection and an eager and unselfconscious honesty. The cherry on top is her sense of humor, which creeps onto every page. If you are searching for God, or trying to make sense of the deeper longings of your life, Andrea is your new best friend.
Rick Lawrence, author of The Jesus-Centered Life and editor of the Jesus-Centered Bible
The world needs books like Andreas that bring to life the experiences and potential of those who live faithful lives outside the institutional church. This powerful personal account brings comfort to and insight into the growing phenomenon of Dones.
Josh Packard, Ph.D., Author of Church Refugees and director of The Dechurched Project
The rawness of Andrea's struggle is both refreshing and riveting in her pursuit of Jesus. The authenticity of her lifelong quest to seek truth is evidence of God's sovereignty, power and glory!
Dr. Libby Bailey, Children's Director, Spruce Hill Community Church
Alter Girl is an eye opening, encouraging and deeply personal read to help every believer go deeper into the beauty of the Gospel. Andrea writes particularly to those of the Catholic faith to encourage them to come to know that "Jesus loves me as is!" The power of her testimony and life's journey into a revelation of the intimate love of God will be alluring to every reader.
-- Stasi Eldredge, New York Times Bestselling Author, Captivating