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Rachel Walker is devoted to God.
She prays every day, attends Calvary Christian Church with her family, helps care for her five younger siblings, dresses modestly, and prepares herself to be a wife and mother who serves the Lord with joy.
But Rachel is curious about the world her family has turned away from, and increasingly finds that neither the church nor her homeschool education has the answers she craves. Rachel has always found solace in her beliefs, but now she can’t shake the feeling that her devotion might destroy her soul.
Rachel is a Christian living with her ten siblings and parents, she has no time for herself. Constantly taking care of her younger siblings and being a good girl so she could be married to a boy. Her parents tell her what to do, how to act, what to think. When her curiousity gets the better of her she reaches out to someone from her community that escaped their rigid lifestyle. Only to find out she wants out to live her own life.
Even as someone who believes in religion, this book was still hard to read. There is just so many things I stood against within the main character’s belief system that I wanted to throw this book at the wall. The most important thing for Rachel is to be a mother and a wife. To be a child bearer and to keep a home and be submissive. This is what the church wants?
Then her dad gets mad at her for reading A Wrinkle in Time. Because he believes it involves magic and sorcery and that is wicked and not good. When in reality we all know that the book includes some spiritual teachings and analogies. Then there’s the main belief that men are served first at the dinner table. Women can’t even sit first be user they must stand and serve them. They’re not allowed to take college classes, but the boys are. They also have to cover up their bodies just so they wouldn’t tempt men. Like its the women’s fault that they dressed so provocatively. These things just bothered me so much because in my belief as a Catholic, everyone and everything is equal. So trying to get through this was just so hard. Everything has to be about God. Every single little action and thought.. And quoting scripture left and right was part of their daily life.
I like the fact that Rachel ends up questioning everything. Being inquisitive might have saved her from a life she didn’t want. A life that was forced upon her. I don’t believe in the literal sense of the quiver movement and I’m utterly surprised it exists. This is why this book surprised me so much. As for the other characters, I just loved Mark. He was a bright ray of Sunshine that shone brightly in Rachel’s life. I liked that she was beginning to feel more like herself again instead of being so robotic.
Definitely a book to read if you’re looking for a different read that pertains to a girl’s devotion to God. I’m just glad that the main character ends up being who she wanted to be, and not strayed so fully away from God.