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Crazy for God: How I Grew Up as One of the Elect, Helped Found the Religious Right, and Lived to Take All (or Almos Kindle Edition

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American Author's Association website, December 2008
"A story that needed to be told...A very personal and brutally honest memoir, that opens up and exposes the underbelly of the evangelistic movement...Gives the reader a rare and different look at some of various leaders of the fundamentalist moment...The book may open some eyes and minds about the dangers of politics and religion...A must read book for serious seekers looking for their own authentic path to enlightenment, or at least some inner peace."

De-conversion.com, 12/2/08
"A must read for the de-converting...It is brutally honest, eye-opening, at times laugh out loud funny, and heart breaking."

"Princeton Packet," 2/13/09
"Mr. Schaeffer knows what he's talking about. He was there, and his book lays it all out, chapter and verse."

TCM Reviews
"[A] moving memoir...For those interested in a different perspective on Francis and Edith Schaeffer, l'Abri, and the fundamentalist right-wing evangelical movement, as well as the touching story of someone deeply involved in it all, this is a must-read."

"Augusta Metro Spirit," 4/15/09
"In a witty recollection that takes a different path from the average evangelical story, Frank Schaeffer offers an intimate portrait of a life within and without the spotlight of mass congregations...Schaeffer is more than qualified to offer candid commentary concerning the religious right in these United States...Written with an intricate collection of detail, a smooth ability to turn elements of conflict into startling moments of realization, and a wonderful search for meaning."

"Tallahassee Democrat," 7/25/09
"Part memoir, part biography, and part expose of a fundamentalist moment in U.S. religion and culture. As memoir it is at times funny, at times moving. As biography it provides an interesting, not to say intimate, perspective on Francis and Edith Schaeffer. As expose it provides revealing glimpses into the emergence of the religious right and some of it

About the Author

Frank Schaeffer is a bestselling author of fiction and nonfiction, and also a documentary and feature film director. Frank and his wife, Genie, live in Massachusetts and have three children.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2194 KB
  • Print Length: 451 pages
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press; 1st Da Capo Press Pbk. Ed edition (30 Sept. 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003K1552E
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 17 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #333,781 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By S. D. Spicer TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 16 May 2013
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Written as almost a confessional by the son of Francis Schaeffer, this details how he grew and his subsequent disillusionment with the evangelical scene. To an extent he throws the baby out with the bathwater; but this is a personal voyage, not a manifesto so he's entitled to. It's one of those books that I think a lot of evangelicals - especially in the UK where we don't on the whole have the same excesses as the US should take the time out to read. Bold, blunt and honest it lays bare the traps and the thinking that could get us to that situation. My first thought after reading this was that I wanted to give it to several people I know to read, simply because it says things that we don't often want to say and they deserve debate. On reflection I'll recommend it both here and when I'm talking to people. Perhaps unlike the US target audience, the C of E is a little more aware of the irony.
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This was a very easy book to read - I really did enjoy it.. and having visited L Abri, and disliked it.. but couldn't work out why... this book did enlighten me. Its a creepy place with creepy people holding a creepy agenda.... What is more creepy than beating your wife up until she screams and the kids are terrified... and then a few moments later, going along to a bunch of adoring students and telling them about Jesus and his love? This is what Frank Schaeffer's father used to do on a regular basis, and this is CREEPY indeed.
What is more creepy than preaching "no sex before marriage", to the LAbri students, while your son impregnates a teenager, and holding what seems to be a shotgun wedding... dressed up as a "Christian" one? The girl's parents, (liberal Catholics) must have been terrified for her...( Its a very good book.. both is what it says and what it does NOT say, but leaves you to guess. )
And why was the son so messed up that he did the deed, but didn't wear gloves? The poor little sod had been abandoned by his narcissistic parents, (who clearly despised each other), and brought up in two boarding schools.. the first was good, the second was so horrible and violent that it beggars belief. However Frank Schaeffer. . The messed up teen, became a very good author and enlightens us wonderfully about the origins of fundamentalism/evangelicalism/crazy-life-stealing-creepiness... but out of it all.. one hero emerges. His wife. Mrs Schaeffer. How she has ever survived .. I do not know... First this guy gets her pregnant, then they have fights, then he goes into crazy-land of preacherville, then Hollywood, by this time she's got a few more kids.... and all the time.. you've got to factor in the in-laws...
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If I had to sum up this book in on e word, it is "honesty". The author lives up to his name and gives a frank account of his childhood and adolescent years in what could be seen as a chaotic environment. Through other eyes Frank Schaeffer's childhood could have been seen as idyllic, he lived in a place of serene beauty, had a lot of freedom, he was not pressurized into academic success, and had a wider spiritual family to relate to and learn from while growing up.

At heart this story is an account of how Frank sought and gained his own spiritual identity through overcoming adversity, coming to know his parents' faith, then later encountering in the religious right in the USA, and finding that they had turned evangelical Christianity into something ugly and unattractive to him in his spiritual journey. Frank came through his own experiences to perceive leaders such as Pat Robertson, Jerry Falwell and James Dobson as more focused on their own power and political influence than on a true humble walk with God in gratitude for the many gifts he has given us. His description of his own flaws, his own family life, as well as his parents' lives together gives hope to those of us who face challenges as parents and partners.

It takes great self-confidence to be a rebel, and combined with the honesty in every page of this book, it was for me an enthralling read. My feelings were of God's patience with us, as he gently leads us as we make mistakes and learn for ourselves his true grace and acceptance. We may not have had perfect childhoods or perfect relationships, but God still meets us where we are and seeks the best for his children. Frank has profound talents and found the love of his life in Genie, as well as his niche as a writer, orator and story-teller.
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I've met a few folk who went to l'Abri in the Vaudois Alps, founded by Francis and Edith Schaeffer. As a result, I was surprised to see the rather different writings of Frank, formerly Franky, Schaeffer (hereinafter "Jr.") in places such as "The Huffington Post". This caused me to buy the book. The subtitle also attracted my attention.

First of all, for fans of the Schaeffers and their work, a health warning is in order. Jr. peppers his book with four-letter words and his personal sexploits, which may put some folk off. Personally, I find his honesty refreshing.

Now the interesting bit; did he REALLY help found the Religious Wrong in America? He thinks so. Indeed, he takes most of the credit for introducing the wedge issue of abortion, which has become such a distorting factor in US politics (he says his father was never so gung-ho about it). Alas (according to Jr.), his (as he saw it) nuanced stand on the issue was taken over by the "under-no-circumstances" pro-lifers (I love that name, never having actually met anyone who is NOT pro-life). Does he deserve this self-administered pat on the back? Who knows? (who cares?)

Anyway, the book is a curious ramble, autobiography and spiritual journey all in one. Along the way, he paints unflattering portraits of the Big Cheese of the Religious Wrong (Robertson, Dobson), and he says that his father was uncomfortable with these political animals disguised as pastors. He realised too late (he says) that he and his father had been used. In the end, he drifted away from the Evangelicals and ended up in the Greek Orthodox church.

Speaking of his father, one of the endearing features of the book is the obvious affection he retains for his parents.
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