Date of Award

Fall 12-2018

Degree Type


Degree Name


Degree Program

Creative Writing



Major Professor

Goodman, Richard

Second Advisor

Bates, Randy

Third Advisor

Hazlett, John Ph.D.


This memoir chronicles a journey of faith. The narrator focuses on fundamental questions of existence while tackling the everyday difficulties of growing up. A fundamentalist Christian upbringing leaves little room for doubt. However, questions arise that the narrator cannot answer simply by opening her Bible. When she leaves her small town in Iowa for college, tiny cracks in her faith that she once easily stepped over become impassable canyons. She must face the reality that her worldview might be wrong. When she decides to follow the line of questioning her doubts have pulled her towards, she discovers a meaningful life apart from the fundamentalist Christianity of her childhood.


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