GRACE FOR AMATEURS
FIELD NOTES ON A JOURNEY BACK TO FAITH
Lily Burana was in crisis. Desperate for rescue from her depression and anxiety, the punk-rock-girl-turned-writer feared she would die. She was down to her remedy of last resort: faith.
A lapsed believer who had drifted away from the church and into a life on the margins during her young adult years, Lily had long believed that Christianity had nothing to offer her. Then an unmistakable sign from above led to her unexpected decision to let God in—just a little bit. But how could she come to terms with a religion she had dismissed as hostile and intolerant?
In this collection of linked essays that chronicle her spiritual recovery, Lily explores what it means to embrace “a faith of surprisingly Jesus-y shape.” Lily navigates her own unique path toward a trusting relationship with God as she addresses topics as diverse as coming out as Christian to your non-Christian friends, the intersection of faith and motherhood, and what it means to confront your history of mental illness and trauma.
Whether recounting her history as a “baby Goth,” extolling the healing power of glitter, or wrestling with God for control over her life, Lily proves that you don’t need to have a flawless faith in order to experience God’s grace in action.
While on the road, she recalls her start in the peep shows of Times Square and her groundbreaking legal battle for strippers’ rights, waged against one of the most notorious strip club owners in the country.
A love story set in the world of honky-tonks, buckle bunnies, and pointy-toed boots, TRY is a fresh, fast, sensually charged novel about holding on to what you love despite all of the bumps and bruises, from a gifted new voice in fiction.
In this brave, eloquent, and often funny memoir, critically acclaimed author Lily Burana writes about love, war, and the realities of military marriage with an honesty few writers would dare.