Night Driving: A Story of Faith in the Dark by Addie Zierman

By Addie Zierman

How have you learnt God is real?

In the emotionally-charged, fire-filled religion during which Addie Zierman grew up, the reply to this query was once uncomplicated: simply because you've FELT him.

Now, at age 30, she feels not anything. simply the darkness urgent in. simply the iciness chilly. only a humming silence the place God's voice used to be.

So she quite a bit her young children into the minivan one February afternoon and heads south in a single last-ditch attempt to discover the Light.

In her moment memoir, evening using, Addie Zierman powerfully explores the space among our sunny, religion fictions and a God who usually turns out hidden and silent.

Against the backdrop of speeding Interstates, strangers' hospitality, gasoline station espresso, and screaming youngsters, Addie stumbles towards a religion that makes room for doubt, unhappiness, and darkness...and learns that usually you want to run away to discover your method domestic.

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Those who attain enlightenment do not see walking when they walk, and do not ste sitting when they sit. ” How can we say we are as if blind and deaf? When we hear sound, there is no sound to be heard; when we see form, there is no form to be seen. What we see and hear is all equivalent to an echo. It is like seeing all sorts of things in a dream— is there all that when you wake up? If you say yes, yet there’s only the blanket and pillow on the bed; if you say no, yet all those things are clearly registered in your mind, and you can tell what they were.

Now they go in, side by side, unknown to anyone. Strange! Tell me, how is it when they run into each, other? It is like Zen practitioners working: today they realize a little bit, tomorrow they find out a little bit, and they keep on investigat­ ing until one day it becomes evident to them. This is like that encounter at the gate of the capjtal city. This is called awaken­ ing, or breakthrough, or discovery. You must attain this at least once; only then can it be said that the task of the journey is done.

By a bit of understanding, they have blocked themselves off. One can only investigate comprehensively through experience; one cannot understand just by intellectual interpre­ tation. ( nce you have comprehended thoroughly with unified comprehension, you will no longer doubt. I n a n c ie n t tim es 3 16 Nevertheless, this is not easy to maintain. If you have entered into it correctly, you will not backslide. Thus, even if you have clarified what can be understood, that is not comparable to see­ ing what cannot be understood and also having the ability to maintain it.

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