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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (143 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Brenda Peterson Narrator: Brenda Peterson Publisher: Listen & Live Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2010 ISBN: 9781593166267
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In Brenda Peterson’s unusual memoir, fundamentalism meets deep ecology. The author’s childhood in the high Sierra with her forest ranger father led her to embrace the entire natural world, while her Southern Baptist relatives prepared eagerly and busily to leave this world. Peterson survived fierce “sword drill” competitions demanding total recall of the Scriptures and awkward dinner table questions (“Will Rapture take the cat, too?”) only to find that environmentalists with prophecies of doom can also be Endtimers. Peterson paints such a hilarious, loving portrait of each world that the reader, too, may want to be left behind. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Peterson’s I Want to Be Left Behind is a tonic, the least acridly dogmatic of the new God books, pro or con…Her book has humor, which the divine debate could use more of. Instead of another volley in the God ward, her book can be seen as a kind of peace offering. She makes you think maybe everybody is in more harmony than they think.”

    City Arts Magazine

  • “Unusually affecting and radiant…Peterson seeks a meeting of church and earth in this witty, enrapturing account of a spiritual journey or great relevance to us all.”

    Booklist, starred review

  • “[Peterson] merges her quest for spirituality with her love of nature…[She] writes with gentle humor of being a stranger in her own family, while highlighting both the beauty and the holiness of our physical world.”

    Oregonian

  • “[An] outstanding memoir…[Peterson’s] vivid imagination combined with a lilting writing style make the book a pleasure to read.”

    Miami Herald

  • “Peterson wraps her story in down-home warmth and a quick wit…Peterson’s stories are gems.”

    Christian Science Monitor

  • “A thoughtful, witty meditation…Peterson has distilled her life experiences to create the sense of a woman on an idiosyncratic spiritual journey.”

    Seattle Times

  • “With this luminous, surprising memoir, Brenda Peterson completes her own assignment, giving us a story where no one is killed, dismissed, or left behind, where empathy is not only possible but imperative, where rapture can be ours here and now.”

    Huffington Post

  • “Lovely, irreverent humor…Her journey is fascinating, and when she writes about spiritual revelation through nature, she’s captivating…We are left with a good feeling: it is possible to have meaningful discussions with people we don’t agree with and still love them.”

    Cleveland Plain Dealer

  • “It is a rich and often lovely life—full of humor and Peterson’s own unique brand of faith.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • “Unusually affecting and radiant…Peterson seeks a meeting of church and earth in this witty, enrapturing account of a spiritual journey or great relevance to us all.”

    Booklist, starred review

  • “Peterson has a gift for describing her life's many adventures with disarming understatement and narrative poise.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • Selected for the February 2010 Indie Next List

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Heather | 2/18/2014

    " I want to be left behind, but this book didnt hold my interest as much as the title. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nancy Eister | 2/17/2014

    " Brenda Peterson is a great writer, especially of nature. What compelled me to read this book was a radio interview with her where she compared the inflexible dogma of religious fundamentalists and diehard environmentalists: both see no possibility outside Armageddon. Her book has a light and loving touch as she probes her own family background,her biography and where she developed a love of nature, and the possibilities born within a new generation of earth- based , taoistic evangelicals. Beautiful and funny, too! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bekah Mae | 2/12/2014

    " I got a kick out of this book. If you have any religious background at all, I know you will find it amusing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carol | 1/31/2014

    " After reading a review of this book I was curious to read it myself. I thought it would be more focused on religion but was pleasantly surprised that it was a biography of an interesting nature writer. She uses the compare/ contrast of her "born-again" southern Baptist family with her embrace of the natural world. Given all the focus on environmental issues and the doom and gloom of global warming, war and the end of time as we know it, this book was essentially positive and upbeat. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Matt Wisdom | 1/24/2014

    " As a recovering Fundamentalist, I liked the idea of this book, but I just couldn't get past her poor writing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susan Arena | 1/19/2014

    " The book had its interesting moments and reads as a series of essays on life in a fundamentalist family. I enjoyed her exploration of naturism and taoism. Toward the end it was repetitious. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Betsy | 1/9/2014

    " Brenda Peterson's book about growing up in a Southern Baptist family was intriguing. It was interesting to watch her learn to navigate that world as someone who did not believe the Rapture. I enjoyed her writing and her connection to nature. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Danielle | 1/8/2014

    " I kept expecting the female David Sedaris and getting disappointed! The author's sister made such a stink about it made me want to read it even more, but it was really all that funny or derogation. I wanted much more from it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachel | 1/3/2014

    " This book really resonated with me and, while I was sad when I read her sister's review, I realilzed that I should focus on what the book meant to me and not what her sister thinks. Good stuff- great read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laurie | 12/29/2013

    " A GOOD STORY OF INDIVIDUAL GROWTH AND FAMILY RELATIONSHIPS. THE AUTHOR HAS A LOT OF EGO STRENGTH TO PURSUE HER OWN COURSE WITHOUT ALIENATING THOSE CLOSEST TO HER. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lori | 11/5/2013

    " There were portions of this book that I enjoyed, but it just didn't work for me as a whole. It didn't flow well, and it didn't endear me. The most interesting parts were the outdoor adventures and quotes from other authors and friends. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Eileen Galer | 8/13/2013

    " the author shows us how we can bridge the differences in belief that we encounter in our families. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Peggy Sue | 7/20/2013

    " Hilarious - and I hope she has more books in her. This was so much fun. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Matt | 7/7/2013

    " I thought this would be an intellectual exploration of end times theories, but it was actually a memoir by someone I did not know. However, it was a good memoir with lots to provoke thought. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 treehugger | 6/25/2013

    " Bleh. After reading her "sister's" comment about how so much in the memoir isn't true, it seemed overwrought and repetitive. Why read a poorly written, potentially fictional memoir when there are so many other great books to read?! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gail | 6/24/2012

    " Good read, author lives in West Seattle and describes areas I recognize. She tells a tale of being the black sheep in a fundamentalist family and how she comes to terms with her large Southern family and her life as an environmentalist. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kelly Coyle DiNorcia | 2/13/2012

    " Brenda Peterson is my favorite author and I have loved everything she has written, but this one wasn't as great. It's a memoir so maybe I just prefer her essays and fiction to creative non-fiction... "

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About the Author
Author Brenda Peterson

Brenda Peterson is the author of several novels including Duck and Cover, a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. She lives in Seattle.