“With a keen eye for detail and a sharp skill for storytelling, Carly Gelsinger’s Once You Go In is a must-read memoir for anyone searching for God in the aftermath of a shipwrecked faith experience. Gelsinger’s wise and poignant writing reminds us that there is hope after a shipwreck, there is light after darkness and most of all, there is love even in the midst of pain.”
-Elizabeth Esther, author of Girl at the End of the World and Spiritual Sobriety
"A deeply moving, searingly honest memoir of a young woman's emergence from a radical Pentecostal sect. Gelsinger tells her tale without animosity or self-pity, but with kindness and grace. We travel with her as she leaves behind the exacting God of her childhood, and begins to see glimpses of a Spirit that animates all that is around her. An inspiring book about claiming one's own freedom and finding the 'revival' within."
-Maggie Rowe, author of Sin Bravely
Carly Gelsinger writes an unflinching account of her years as a radical Pentecostal teenager in the wild mountains of Northern California.
Carly is an awkward and lonely 13-year-old when she stumbles into Pine Canyon Assemblies of God, the cracked stucco church on the outskirts of her remote small town. She assimilates, despite her apprehensions, because she is desperate to belong. Soon, she is on fire for God. She speaks in tongues, slays demons, and follows her pastor’s every word. Not until her life is burnt to the ground does she find the courage to leave. Once You Go In is a coming-of-age story about the beauty and danger of absolute faith and examines the stories people tell themselves to avoid their deepest fears.
Coming October 2018