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on 27 November 2009
Just found this a very exciting autobiographical memoir - the subtitle says it all really! It's a great warts and all story of the author's journey and, from a personal point of view, considering that concentration has been difficult for me, since succumbing to M.E.several years ago, it's a remarkable tribute to this write that I managed to read these 400 pages within a week.
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on 4 November 2010
Controversial. Starts untidily but picks up and continues well with some excellent autobiography and recollections. Some interesting and valuable commentary on religion and Christianity in the West.
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on 13 April 2016
I suppose all beliefs are a bit crazy but the final outcome for Frank Schaeffer seems just right. Greek Orthodox .
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on 12 March 2008
Frank Schaeffer has a good entertaining writing style. As someone who has struggled with depression for years I an
encouraged by his description of his father's moods and even
contemplation of suicide. I find his repeated sexual references unseemly to say the
least. Above all Frank does not understand GRACE. It was not
the intellectual arguments that changed people's lives at L'Abri. It
is by God's grace we are saved and the God of grace used his parents
to transform many sinners.
He complains about his mother's super-spirituality but if seems if he
has read his father's book on True Spirituality he has learned
nothing from it.
I have never read such a sexually explicit book from a professed
Christian. His unashamed sexual revelations are near pornographic and
not the mark of a Christian.
Frank was a boy after three girls born to the family. My personal
experience id that the last one is the child most likely to have the
soft ride and be spoiled. So I wonder if this is part of the problem
with Frank. it was not so much his parent's were too busy in the work
as that he did not get the discipline his sister's did.
Frank is certainly an inveterate name dropper. He puts Fan's pro-life stance id down to him. But was not Fran talking about co-belligerents not allies before the public pro-life stance which according to Frank, his father had shied away from as abortion was a RC issue?
I wonder if he misnamed the book. it should be Crazy Against God. but
that title would be about Frank. Crazy for God is a slander on his
parents and it is their name more than Frank's which still sells
books.His revelations about his father seem to me to be the sin of Ham, the
son who uncovered his father's nakedness. if FAS was violent o his
wife I can understand Frank relating it but what is the point in
telling us his father's sexual demands on his mother? Frank lacks
self restraint in this and other matters.
His writing can be very moving but is spoiled by his unecessary profanity in the use of the f word. He does not know where his children are spiritualy and does not seem bothered by it. Like father like son? Not in this case. He needs to repent of more than stealing chops and slapping his child.
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on 28 November 2015
Fantastic, just fantastic
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on 23 July 2009
I've long been an admirer of Edith Schaeffer's books - L'Abri, What is a family, among them. So I was fascinated to see Francis Schaeffer among the authors: first, of a trilogy of satirical novels about a preaching family (Portofino is the first), and now a straight autobiography that chronicles with some anger, with much admiration, with an admirable struggle for fairness, the journey of the youngest child in this celebrated family to maturity and independence of thought and belief : from a rigid Calvinism, through times of confusion, to the very different credal and liturgical Greek Orthodoxy; disarmingly, Francis Schaeffer admits, he's not a very regular attender!
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on 2 October 2008
Frank Shaeffer's book tells his life story in a wonderful manner. He explains what it was really like to be brought up in a home of American missionaries in Europe, the clash between fundamentalist literalism and a keen interest in the world and culture in his father. He goes on to explain how he got to being one of the founding members of the American-Christian-Republican-Evangelical movement before seeing what he had helped produce and backed away. A fantastic read, highly recommended if you are Christian evangelical and also if you are not.
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