Converting Kate by Beckie Weinheimer
If you are looking for a fiction book that’s interesting and thought-provoking about religion, then check this book out. Kate is a teenager who was brought up in a very strict, all-encompassing sect of Christianity that has kept her removed from most aspects of a social existence. Religion forms a divide in her parents, who eventually divorce because Kate’s dad doesn’t believe in the Church of the Holy Divine. Then one day he has a heart attack and dies. Kate is grief-stricken and starts to challenge her faith.
Kate and her mom move across country to the town where her dad grew up. There, Kate explores the world beyond the tenets of the Holy Divine Church, challenges her mother, finds compassion with her dad’s Aunt Katherine, makes a few attempts at romance, and struggles to understand God and religion.
If you are ok with reading about questioning faith, this is an interesting book. Kate’s questions, I think, parallel many thoughts that people have about faith and God and why things happen the way they do. The author has created a character that is truthful and honest and real, perhaps because the book is loosely based on her own experiences.
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