About This Blog

Once upon a time, How to Talk Evangelical was the title of a memoir I had written and was trying to find a home for. I started this blog because agents kept saying “platform,” but it ended up being about wholeness and healing in ways I couldn’t imagine.

The book finally found a home at Convergent Books (an imprint of Random House) and is being released on October 15, 2013. It is no longer titled How to Talk Evangelical. Instead, we’ve changed the name to  When We Were On Fire. Which, in the end, is more apt.

The book is about the struggle of my own spiritual journey and my attempts, along the way, to reclaim and redefine a faith that has been oversimplified, jammed into a specific set of terms and phrases.

When I began this blog, it was an extension of that project. It gave me space and time to explore terms that formed the backbone of the Christian lingo that didn’t make sense to delve into with the narrative arc of my story. God knows there are hundreds of them.

But more importantly, it provided a way to connect with others as we worked through a changing, evolving kind of faith. As I wrote post after post on my take on evangelical cliches and Christianese terms, you added your stories and insights. And in that we, we have been able to capture some of the complexities of spiritual truths and realities.

Since I started it in September 2011, the blog has changed some. The URL is no longer howtotalkevangelical.com but addiezierman.com. My name. As my life has changed, I began to do a little veering away from just writing about those tricky terms. I realized, somewhere down the line, that redefining my faith was only part of it. I was learning to redefine myself.

I blog new content weekly on Tuesdays and Thursdays usually. To contribute a posting to this blog, please email me at addiezierman@gmail.com. I’d love to hear what you’re thinking!

  • http://thefauxmartha.com/ Melissa | thefauxmartha

    A friend forwarded me the link to your site. I’ve read every last word, and come back as quickly as you press publish. I’m sifting through a similar journey myself. Your writing is refreshing. And your honesty is helping to normalize my questions. Needless to say, I’ll be back.

  • Amy Hetland

    Your brother-in-law, Aaron, told my singles group at church about this blog so I decided to check it out. It made me laugh, I could so relate to what you are talking about. I totally get you, but feel so alone sometimes when most Christians I know do or say the things you talk about here. I often wonder if I am too sensitve, which I probably am, or too crazy, of which I struggled with depression and anxiety for years. But I have to keep being honest with myself and others, and not try to conform to something I can’t live with. I am exicted about your book and am looking forward to reading it. I am a writer too, but a newbie, I had thought about a blog like this and then I heard about you! I am so thankful to God for people like you, your honesty is refreshing. God bless you in your writing.

    • Addie Zierman

      Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by, Amy, and for the kind comment. I get the loneliness, and I hope that as you read, you will come to know that you are in the company of so many people who are on this same journey. Thanks again.