While I enjoyed the mocking humour with which he described his growing up in the church years, halfway through the book I was waiting for him to start chronicling how he "found a genuine faith in and love for Jesus", but he never did. The whole book is about the messed up religious world in which he grew up. The last chapter he write about how he found a church he liked finally, and that's it. Where is his journey to Jesus? I feel like there is a whole book missing right before the last chapter. Very, very disappointing.
If you are one of the over-churched, and were looking to find some hope, some relief and meaning in this book, you won't find it at all. A far better book to read would be "The Explicit Gospel" by Matt Chandler. Chandler certainly "gets" the over-churched and seeks to unravel the mess the religious mindset created in our church-saturated lives.
I was throughly disappointed with this book. I beleive that Turner was entirely too flippant in dealing with some Biblical situations.He was bordering on blasphemy in the treatment of some truley Biblical truths.
I understand that he had some experiences that were not good and that evidently he was discouraged by the behaviour of some spiritual leaders in his youth.It appears there was some severe legalism,which can be frustrating.I declare once again that I did not find his musings humorous.
Churched is a book I just finished by Matthew Paul Turner. It's a humorous book about growing up in a Baptist Fundamentalist home/church. I think Matthew's weirdness climaxed with him having to use his middle name. I mean, other than Southerners with the MaryJo kind of names, who uses middle names anymore? It's weird, but that's not all...
Best line in the book: Fundamentalism made me weird. So true. Me too. At least, that's what I blame it on.
Turner somehow makes his upbringing in a fundamentalist Baptist church the closest thing to hell on earth, but does so without making a devil out of anybody. Well, maybe anybody but his pastor and a wacko Barbie-burning Sunday-school teacher. But hey, they had it coming. The counting souls, scaring folks into Heaven - I could relate to most of it. That was fun. And, some parts of the book were really funny. Turner is funny. But_
Enough already! For the first Â¾ of the book I was looking for some redemption, some reason to continue reading. Was there really nothing of value in that church? Some smart comments are funny, but the continual avalanche of them made me want to put the book down to come up for air. You can smack even a fundamentalist just so many times. It's an easy target, but I was looking for something more_
There was little more. I was hoping for some direction, instruction, some help in a humorous way. Instead Churched just poked fun at fundamentalism with a bit of introspection at the end.
The last section had a bit of hope and help, but by now I was tired of it all. It left me feeling like I'd been forced to eat too many chocolate covered cherries. It was fun at the beginning, but at the end I wasn't laughing anymore and didn't want to eat much of anything Turner had left to offer. Sorry, anything Michael Paul Turner had left to offer.
I received this book free from Multnomah Books for review. I was (obviously) not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. danielcooley.com
Churched by Matthew Paul Turner is an autobiographical account of Turner's childhood growing up in an Independent Fundamental Baptist Church. This denomination is known for its legalistic restrictions and emphasis on being "separate" from the world, and Turner offers up humorous stories of the rigid and often ridiculous limitations and exercises to which he was subjected growing up in the church. He goes on to explain, briefly at the end, how he broke free from the fear and guilt that drives much of their theology, and how the experiences of his upbringing now affect his churchgoing life at present. For me, much of this book as interesting as I attended an Independent Baptist school for 5 years. I certainly could relate to much of it and enjoyed reminiscing back on how the similar circumstances affected me as a child. I thought Turner's humor was a little bit over the top at some points - like a dessert with wayyy to much sugar added. He goes off on rabbit trails of being funny and it's hard to stay focused on the actual story many times, and sometimes I wish he'd just take a break from making a joke in literally every sentence and just let the story speak. The humor is funny and works well for this book - I just think he overdoes it in points. I also wish he'd taken a little more time to talk about how he'd gotten from there to where he now is with Jesus. He spends maybe the last half of the last chapter talking about where he is now - but at the end I felt the overall message was, "nobody can be too sure of anything when it comes to God." And while I understand that he is trying to counteract the pointlessness of fundamental rules and restrictions that have little to do with Christ and much to do with self-righteousness, I wasn't sure that questioning the inerrancy of Scripture and simply talking about how church makes him uncomfortable really was the best way to wrap that up. I appreciate the effort on Turner's part and enjoyed the humorous look at a denomination that has taken some things out of hand...but overall I was disappointed with the taste that this book left in my mouth.
I received this book free from Waterbrook/Multnomah as part of their Blogging for Books program.
This book startes out with a story about matthew and another man in a sauna who has a tatoo of jesus breathing fire out of his mouth. As the two me get to talking the man with the tattoo acknowledged that he is an associate pastor at the biggest pentecostal church in town. Their conversation consists of the pastor telling Mr. Turner that he came to Nashville to be closer to God, he though it would be eaier to be a christian if he lived in the bible belt. But now the man is doubting that.
This book is chok full of similar stories and full of laughter along the way. But over all as i read this book, yes i did laugh but then after my laughter subsided I realised that I should actually be crying at the obsurdity of the Christian church.
This book has brought many things up in my life that i now look back a have to question. Do we as christians really think that people will take us seriously if we keep acting obsurdly? I think not
I would recomend this book for the fact that It really is a easy and quick read and it is very funny, but it still makes you think. so go ahead and go get you a copy!
(I recieved this book for review as a part of the blogging for books program)