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Crazy for God Audiobook – Unabridged

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I enjoyed this biography but felt that it was a bit light on detail towards the end. Frank spent a great deal of time telling us about his early life, sometimes with more information than was strictly necessary but didn't explain enough about why he left the church. I felt that he rushed the ending and I would have liked to have known more about the consequences of his leaving the 'religious right'. However, an enjoyable and easy read.
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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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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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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 have just finished reading this book and found it amazing. I could not put it down. To be honest I'd not even heard of it and just noticed it in my local library and thought it looked interesting. It was fascintaing. His story - being brought up by missionary parents, unwittingly creating some of the nightmare of the current Religious Right, finding a way out and his own path - was written brilliantly. It was also incredibly forgiving and non-judgmental and big-hearted. I am a Christian evangelical (though British and not American) and had wondered whether this was going to be full of vitriol and therefore difficult to read. It totally wasn't. I cannot recommend this highly enough to people who want a fairly objective account (despite his involvement) in the rise of the religious right in America...
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