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Churched: One Kid's Journey Toward God Despite a Holy Mess - eBook
WaterBrook Press / 2008 / ePub
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Churched chronicles Matthew Paul Turner's experiences growing up in a fundamentalist Baptist church in the late 1970's, early 1980's. In a culture where men weren't allowed to let their hair grow to touch their ears, and women wouldn't be caught dead wearing pants (unless swimming), Turner regales the good, the bad, and the downright strange world he found himself in. However, despite the Sunday School Barbie burning and the terror rapture movies, Turner found a genuine faith in and love for Jesus. His humorous anecdotes may remind you of your own "churched" childhood, and the love of God that reaches in regardless of our holy mess.
Churched is funny, poignant, and surprisingly moving. In this deft story of his fundamentalist upbringing Matthew Paul Turner proclaims the good news: that even church can't drown out the message of Jesus. Sara Miles, author of Take This Bread
Turners churched lives in that elusive space between whimsical memories of an innocent youth and cringe-inducing flashbacks of life growing up in the church. Like a visit with long-lost relatives, churched reintroduced me to characters anyone who grew up in the church will find familiar, and I was surprised to find that I was glad to see them. Sweet-hearted, funny, and honest, churched had me reminiscing about the little boy searching for God that I once was and gently reminded me I still have some miles to travel. Dan Merchant, writer/director of Lord, Save Us From Your Followers
Thanks to churched, Matthew Paul Turners vivid, often hilarious account of his childhood, I realized that not having grown up in evangelical culture is less of a handicap than I previously thought! Andrew Beaujon, author of Body Piercing Saved My Life and writer for the Washington Post
Turner crafts an amusing field guide to fundamentalism thats both a gentle lampoon of hypocrisy and misplaced fervor, and a model of how to survive being churched without cynically rejecting the good with the bad, the Founder with his followers. Anna Broadway, author of Sexless in the City
Matthew Paul Turners memoir has the insight of Anne Lamott and the comic honesty of David Sedaris. His stories force us to wonder which of our Christian beliefs and practices come from scripture and which spring up out of our own preferences and fears. Rob Stennett, author of The Almost True Story Of Ryan Fisher
Finally! A bona-fide humorist in the North American church! I might be tempted to say Matthew Paul Turner is Christendoms answer to David Sedaris, but Matthew stands on his own without the comparison. A memoirist who doesnt take himself or the world too seriously, but still manages to write profoundly and beautifully, Turner gave me a belly-laugh on almost every page. If you grew up believing being conformed not to this world meant being the weirdest kid on the block, churched will be the funniest book youve read in years! Lisa Samson, award-winning author of Quaker Summer, Embrace Me and Justice in the Burbs
With his homespun humor and eye for living detail, Matthew Paul Turners churched invites readers to rethink the quirks of Christian culture for the sake of uncovering that which is lastingly good and worth holding dear. Turners work is a refreshingly gentle discussion of faith and culture with the potential to spark meaningful conversations. Pete Gall, author of My Beautiful Idol
"If you didn't think Jesus-loving fundamentalist kids were very funny, Matthew Paul Turner proves you wrong." - Jason Boyett, author of Pocket Guide to the Bible and Pocket Guide to the Apocalypse.
How can a book be so stinkin funny and yet so poignant at the same time? Matthew Paul Turner found his voice! After reading churched I wanted to hug him and then toss out all of my sons clip-on ties. Jennifer Schuchmann, author of Six Prayers God Always Answers
Who knew that a journey through faith and fundamentalism could be so painfully funny? I laughed out loud many a time while reading churched. Matthew Paul Turner manages to channel both boyhood innocence and wry retrospective through this fast-moving account of growing up with Jesus in late twentieth-century America. Mike Morrell, TheOoze.com
A funny, heartfelt portrayal of one mans attempt to find true meaning despite his upbringing among fundamentalists who taught him that Azraelthe cat from The Smurfswas an agent of Satan. The true miracle of this book is that its author never manages to lose his faith. Robert Lanham, author of Sinner's Guide To The Evangelical Right
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