From Zero to Christian in Just 35 years by Lori A. Moore.
(For review from the author)
This little book, just over 90 pages, from Lori A. Moore, pacts a big punch! It isn't easy for people who have had no experience whatsoever with church to understand what's going on or what it's all about. Moore, gives her readers a simple and easy guide to figuring it all out. How to turn fear and doubts into a personal relationship with Christ. It doesn't take perfection, just acceptance!
From Zero to Christian in Just 35 Years has many layers. It shadows Moore's journey from her childhood, the divorce of her parents, and even into her experience with the adult entertainment industry. It shows her struggle with self-esteem and trying to fit in and her acceptance of Christ and how that changed her life. Readers will identify with her struggles to fit her personality into a cookie cutter shape, and how she realizes that she must accept her weaknesses and her strength's and use them all because "It's not about me; it's all about God."
I wasn't sure what to expect when I first picked this book up. But, I was intrigued by the title and was hooked from the first page. I liked the author's use of the car analogy from the title, through the first part of the book which chronicled her life up until she accepted Christ. Moving from Park through 3rd gear. It was an easy to understand account of how someone who had no prior experience with God was able to find Him in spite of everything. I found it encouraging and very insightful.
One of the parts that I particularly enjoyed was the comparison of life to that of a charm bracelet. I certainly had never thought of it that way before. When I was reading through this I was imagining the charms that I would choose to represent myself to others. Then when Moore switches gears and lets the reader see that it's more important to choose things that represent their life in Christ, I was happy to see that some of my charms would have been the same.
Moore use of language is excellent and her fresh and informative voice is compelling and makes the reader feel at ease whether they are a new Christian or a person searching for Christ.