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Dawn Eden Goldstein’s new book, Sunday Will Never Be the Same, is a captivating work of storytelling, but you would miss the point if you thought it was just her story. Sure, Goldstein recounts her life’s trajectory with evocative vignettes. We learn in visceral detail about formative childhood experiences, her absorption into the rock music scene of 1980s New York, and her development as a professional rock historian. In a delicate way, Goldstein also opens up about her struggles with abuse and mental illness. But, as we read, we begin to understand that Goldstein’s experiences–the facts about her life as told by her–are not the full story. It is also the story of God, as told from the perspective of one woman, who was born into a Jewish family and whom God claimed for himself through the mercy and healing love of Jesus Christ.
[Sunday Will Never Be the Same: A Rock and Roll Journalist Opens Her Ears to God is available for purchase online at Catholic.com, at this link.]
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We read Sunday already knowing the outcome, and this allows Goldstein to subtly reveal the choices and events in her life as the work of God. Sometimes, this is made explicit, as when she skeptically prays to God for something and she receives it almost miraculously. At other times, it’s someone giving her a Christian children’s book at her sister’s bat mitzvah, an act that a young Goldstein remarked was very strange, but which would prove foundational to her eventual conversion to Christianity.
From a technical perspective, Goldstein’s choice to write in the first-person present tense enhances our experience of traveling this journey with her. While at various points in the story the voice of elder Goldstein is distractingly apparent (often in a self-deprecating way, like when the author makes a joke...
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