Like a prayer

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Could you abstain from sex, give up booze, or fast for 12 hours straight? These three twentysomethings now can, thanks to their search for faith.

For many people religion is a family affair, passed down from generation to generation, just like a grandmother’s wedding ring or a tried-and-true cake recipe. And with rules like no sex before marriage and no drinking alcohol, religious practices can seem like a relic from your grandparents’ time, not to mention a formula for social banishment.

At least that’s what 27-year-old Tony Clement thought, having spent his teens and early twenties partying, playing football and drinking with the boys.

“When I was about 16 to 21, I was just going out every Thursday, Friday and Saturday night,” Tony says.

“I worked with a couple of devout Christians and just thought, ‘You guys are crazy, you’re missing out on so much’.”

Then one fateful night at about 3am, Tony found himself staring into a half-eaten kebab. And whether it was the alcohol, the well-cut lettuce or a prod from up above, he started asking himself the big question, ‘Is this what it’s all about?’

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CLEO Magazine, June 2009

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