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Dr. Lars J. S. Knutsen (West Chester, PA)

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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 Almost All) of It Back
Crazy for God: How I Grew Up as One of the Elect, Helped Found the Religious Right, and Lived to Take All (or Almost All) of It Back
by Frank Schaeffer
Edition: Paperback
Price: 8.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Honest account of Faith and Life, 12 Feb 2011
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. He also seems to have found the expression of his own authentic Christian faith, and he has gained the admiration of his readers for producing a brave and important book which I for one found impossible to put down.

Almost Heaven: Travels Through the Backwoods of America
Almost Heaven: Travels Through the Backwoods of America
by Martin Fletcher
Edition: Paperback
Price: 10.99

12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superbly insightful book, 22 Oct 2002
As Martin Fletcher completes his assignment as The Times’ correspondent in Washington D.C., he takes a well-planned trip through the backwoods of the USA, meeting a series of very unusual characters along the way. His destinations are places that have aroused his curiosity from news items and books during his time of residence “across the pond”.
From descriptions of an island on the East Coast, which is essentially still African, to the white supremacist areas of Idaho, Fletcher’s prose makes the reader feels as if one is also very involved on this unusual voyage of discovery – the contrasts are amazing. Some of the characters we meet along the way are so strange that they appear fictional – it is the unenlightened, small-town attitudes that surprise most, crystallized in attitudes to the government, to other races, and to the death penalty.
The obvious stylistic comparison is with Bill Bryson, but the observation is more acute here, as this vast country is seen from an outsider’s perspective. Once Fletcher stops trying to be poetic, and just records what he sees and experiences in his excellent journalistic style, the book becomes impossible to put down.
A great read for anyone fascinated by this amazing country and its diverse people.

Celtic Daily Prayer
Celtic Daily Prayer
by The Northumbria Community
Edition: Hardcover

64 of 66 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Remarkable resource for daily Celtic style worship, 30 May 2002
This review is from: Celtic Daily Prayer (Hardcover)
This book has been assembled over a long period of inspiration in the Northumbria Community. It is an excellent resource both for those who are exploring the Celtic way for the first time and for those who are returning to their real roots in Christ. The liturgies are inspiring even for those who do not believe in liturgy, and the daily reading are drawn from a deep well of wisdom and inspiration. What rounds this book off so well is the inspriation gained from stories of the lives of a number of historical figures in the Celtic church, such as Bede, Aidan, Columba and Cuthbert, who witnessed to the power of Christ to heal and change, often in tthe lives of heathen people. What more up to date message do we have?

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