Book Review: Night Driving: A Story of Faith in the Dark by Addie Zierman

Synopsis: How do you know God is real?
In the emotionally-charged, fire-filled faith in which Addie Zierman grew up, the answer to this question was simple: Because you’ve FELT him.

Now, at age 30, she feels nothing. Just the darkness pressing in. Just the winter cold. Just a buzzing silence where God’s voice used to be.

So she loads her two small children into the minivan one February afternoon and heads south in one last-ditch effort to find the Light.

In her second memoir, Night Driving, Addie Zierman powerfully explores the gap between our sunny, faith fictions and a God who often seems hidden and silent.

Against the backdrop of rushing Interstates, strangers’ hospitality, gas station coffee, and screaming children, Addie stumbles toward a faith that makes room for doubt, disappointment, and darkness…and learns that sometimes you have to run away to find your way home.

Review // It took me longer than I’d like to admit to finish this book. I’ll admit that this is one of the first nonfiction/memoir-type novels that I’ve read in quite awhile. My typical choice of book is a thriller of sorts.

Night Driving is not a thriller, but rather it’s a book that pulls you from page to page with its raw emotion.Zierman is going through something I think a lot of Christians feel. The sudden darkness in their faith after feeling it so fierce for so long. Wondering if God is even in the room anymore.

She decides to combat this feeling by taking a road trip from Wisconsin to Florida in the winter. To escape the harsh cold and find solace on the warm beach.

The novel is full of wonderful moments that she shares with her young sons, many frustrating moments (I mentioned she has two SONS ha!), and more than anything, the raw emotion that she feels trying to find God again. She reminisces on her past, especially while she stays with old friends, where her fire for God was as strong as it had ever been. She longs for that to come back.

The book is on the face a physical journey. But ingrained in that is her spiritual journey that she has invited us to take with her in this novel.

If you’re feeling in the dark with your faith, I highly recommend this book.


To buy Night Driving: A Story of Faith in the Dark, click here!

I received a ARC of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.


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