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This is My Body: A Memoir of Religious and Romantic Obsession

Event date: 
Wednesday, November 13, 2019 - 7:30pm to 9:00pm

 

Charis welcomes Cameron Dezen Hammon to discuss her new book, This is My Body: A Memoir of Religious and Romantic Obsession.

In this memoir of faith and faltering, musician Cameron Dezen Hammon, a Jew-ish New Yorker, finds herself searching for love, meaning―a sign. She's led to Coney Island, where during a lightning storm, she is baptized in the murky waters of the Atlantic by a group of ragtag converts. After years of trying to make a name for herself as an artist, she follows her boyfriend and new God to Houston, Texas, the heart of American evangelical subculture. Her job at a suburban megachurch there has her performing on stage before crowds, awash in lights and smoke, yet grappling with outdated gender expectations―look pretty but not too pretty, young but not too young―and ultimately her identity as both a believer and feminist.

This Is My Body weaves her zealous conversion with the search for a more progressive and fluid theology, the endurance of marriage with an unexpected obsession that threatens to upend her carefully constructed life. From speaking in tongues to street preaching, from biblically sanctioned discrimination to sexual assault, she invites readers inside her tender and harrowing journey. Part inspiring spiritual memoir, part incisive cultural critique, her story of finding and losing faith is ultimately one of rebuilding a truer, braver self.

This is a Charis Circle Founding the Future of Feminism Event. The suggested donation is $5 but no one will be turned away for lack of funds.

Event address: 
184 S. Candler St.
Decatur, GA 30030
This Is My Body: A Memoir of Religious and Romantic Obsession Cover Image
$16.16
ISBN: 9781940596327
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Published: Lookout Books - October 22nd, 2019

In this memoir of faith and faltering, musician Cameron Dezen Hammon, a Jew-ish New Yorker, finds herself searching for love, meaning―a sign. She's led to Coney Island, where during a lightning storm, she is baptized in the murky waters of the Atlantic by a group of ragtag converts.