This book is actually not that long, and I had every intention to read it last night and post a review. But then I ended up spending hours fighting with the Friendly Book Nook. Book blogging has got to be one of the most time consuming forms of blogging. I'm not complaining...just sayin. Computer issues are not my favorite thing. I feel like I got nothing done tonight.
In any case I managed to read the introduction and most of the first chapter and I do think I will enjoy it. I am linking to Stephen's review because I doubt anyone else could really give a better one. Stephen is one of my favorite thoughtful bloggers. I have been really challenged by his wisdom and honesty. So be sure to check out the rest of his blog if you enjoy reading his review.
I do have copies of the book to give away, but I think I'll wait until next week since The Shape of Mercy giveaway is still going on.
Here's some information about the book:
He spent his childhood trapped within the confines of countless bizarre, strict rules. And lived to tell about it.
In this first-hand account, author Matthew Paul Turner shares amusing–sometimes cringe-worthy–and poignant stories about growing up in a fundamentalist household, where even well-intentioned contemporary Christian music was proclaimed to be “of the devil.”
churched is a collection of stories that detail an American boy’s experiences growing up in a culture where men weren’t allowed let their hair grow to touch their ears (“an abomination!”), women wouldn’t have been caught dead in a pair of pants (unless swimming), and the pastor couldn’t preach a sermon without a healthy dose of hellfire and brimstone. Matthew grapples with the absurdity of a Sunday School Barbie burning, the passionate annual boxing match between the pastor and Satan, and the holiness of being baptized a fifth time–while growing into a young man who, amidst the chaotic mess of religion, falls in love with Jesus.
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