The very worst missionary : a memoir or whatever

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Hatmaker, Jen writer of foreword.
New York : Convergent Books, [2017].
First edition.
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xvii, 221 pages ; 21 cm


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New York : Convergent Books, [2017].
First edition.


As a quirky Jewish kid and promiscuous punkass teen, Jamie Wright never imagines becoming a Christian, let alone a Christian missionary. She is barely an adult when the trials of motherhood and marriage put her on an unexpected collision course with Jesus. After finding her faith at a suburban megachurch, Jamie trades in the easy life on the cul-de-sac for the green fields of Costa Rica. There, along with her family, she earnestly hopes to serve God and change lives. But faced with a yawning culture gap and persistent shortcomings in herself and her fellow workers, she soon loses confidence in the missionary enterprise and falls into a funk of cynicism and despair. Nearly paralyzed by depression, yet still wanting to make a difference, she decides to tell the whole, disenchanted truth: Missionaries suck and our work makes no sense at all! From her sofa in Central America, she launches a renegade blog, Jamie the Very Worst Missionary, and against all odds wins a large and passionate following. Which leads her to see that maybe a "bad" missionary-awkward, doubtful, and vocal-is exactly what the world and the throngs of American do-gooders need. The Very Worst Missionary is a disarming, ultimately inspiring spiritual memoir for well-intentioned contrarians everywhere. It will appeal to readers of Nadia Bolz-Weber, Jen Hatmaker, Ann Lamott, Jana Reiss, Mallory Ortberg, and Rachel Held Evans. Shares the author's experiences as an enthusiastic convert to Christianity whose experiences as a missionary left her feeling like a cynical failure, until she started a blog that opened her eyes to like-minded Christians and the value of their perspective.

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APA Citation, 7th Edition (style guide)

Wright, J., & Hatmaker, J. (2017). The very worst missionary: a memoir or whatever (First edition.). Convergent Books.

Chicago / Turabian - Author Date Citation, 17th Edition (style guide)

Wright, Jamie and Jen Hatmaker. 2017. The Very Worst Missionary: A Memoir or Whatever. New York: Convergent Books.

Chicago / Turabian - Humanities (Notes and Bibliography) Citation, 17th Edition (style guide)

Wright, Jamie and Jen Hatmaker. The Very Worst Missionary: A Memoir or Whatever New York: Convergent Books, 2017.

MLA Citation, 9th Edition (style guide)

Wright, Jamie,, and Jen Hatmaker. The Very Worst Missionary: A Memoir or Whatever First edition., Convergent Books, 2017.

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