Son of a Preacher Man: My Search for Grace in the Shadows  -     By: Jay Bakker
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HarperOne / 2001 / Paperback

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When Jim Bakker was convicted in 1989 of defrauding followers of his PTL ministry of $158 million, Jay Bakker lost everything. With his father in prison, his family shattered by divorce, and his name forever linked to a national scandal, Jay's already bizarre life came completely unglued. Here is the story - a parable of striking import - of a young boy whose life was almost destroyed by televangelist excess and greed. In his new street ministry, Revolution, Jay has found a unique way of preaching the gospel that is tailored to those most like him, the tattooed and pierced youth of downtown Atlanta. By advocating God's love for everyone, regardless of past sins, Jay found his path back to the faith - and picked up a large and growing following along the way. This is a hard-hitting account of finding grace in the shadows of the Right, where men like Jerry Falwell and Oral Roberts turned their backs on the Bakkers even while advocating forgiveness and redemption.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 240
Vendor: HarperOne
Publication Date: 2001
Dimensions: 8 X 5.31 (inches)
ISBN: 006251699X
ISBN-13: 9780062516992
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In Son of a Preacher Man Jay Bakker, son of famous televangelists Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker, tells the compelling story of growing up in the glaring lights of a television studio. It's all here: the Bakker family's public disgrace, the fall of the PTL (Praise The Lord) media empire, and Bakker's subsequent plunge into a morass of anxiety and selfdestruction. But Son of a Preacher Man is more than a tell-all -- it is a story that dramatizes the human toll of this tragedy on the Bakker family, with insight into the seismic shifts that nearly destroyed his father and wrecked his parents' longtime marriage. It is the story of a prodigal son's return to the true meaning of God's love and acceptance. It is the story of a boy who was lost, but on the journey back from ruin finds a better way to understand and live life. It is the story of discovering God's grace and of becoming a man.

Despite years of disillusionment, alcoholism, and heartbreak, Bakker managed to continue on his spiritual quest. First he worked to redeem his father...then his faith. Bakker began his service with Revolution, a ministry for skateboarders, punk rockers, and hippiesthe street kids he knew best. He shared the message that saved his life -- the message of Jesus that God's love is infinitely generous. Now Bakker has a large and growing ministry among the tattooed and pierced of downtown Atlanta who feel rejected by the traditional Church yet flock to hear his message of grace and love.

Ultimately, Son of a Preacher Man is a story about resurrection -- of one lost young man, of his disgraced and imprisoned father, and of the hope that can't be destroyed by the machinations of power-hungry preachers, The long, lonely road that Bakker traveled taught him that you can't earn or make yourself worthy of the love of God, but if you are willing to let go and open up, that infinite love is waiting to welcome you home with open arms.

Author Bio

Jay Bakker lives in Atlanta with his wife, Amanda. They both work for Safehouse Outreach, where Jay is the pastor of Revolution, a ministry to a disillusioned subculture.

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  1. Age: 25-34
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    4 Stars Out Of 5
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    August 20, 2012
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: male
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    Jay Bakker had an incredibly difficult childhood and this book tells of those years and gives an update on where he was at in his life at the time of the publication (ten years ago at this point). He was very honest with his feelings and he had a lot of baggage to deal with. So while I don't agree with all of his theology or methodologies, I also don't feel as though it's my place to try to correct him, as he's had people correcting him his whole life. (Obviously he's still searching, as all of us are!) I would read this simply as an autobiography on one of the most fascinating parts of 1980s American Christian sub-culture. You don't have to agree with everything someone says to appreciate the things that they speak of that are in fact true.
  2. 1 Stars Out Of 5
    June 30, 2008
    Jesus said to come out from among them, and gave us guidelines to live by. Endorsing foul language and downgrading others of faith who choose to live the life that Paul demanded we live, can't be lifted up as a role our children should follow. Mr. Bakker truly still had issues he's not dealt with in his own life. And they can only be dealt with by reading ALL of God's word. Not just select pieces.
  3. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    April 20, 2008
    Kerry Lynn David
    For those who disagree with Jay embracing punk rock, piercings, and those of us who have been left by the wayside in life.. I remind you... Jesus did the same...maybe not punk rock and piercings but Jesus loved people like us. When I read this book it stirred something inside me.. it was over a year ago but.. in that time I have started to embrace the idea that their really is something revolutionary in truly trying to live like Jesus..Jay Bakker has done a great thing here...he's humanized our generation, and opened many of our eyes to the idea that even (especially!) the lost came come to Christ and find a home in his heart. I LOVED this book!
  4. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    May 7, 2004
    Trey Lowery
    This book is a great example of how people do not bestow grace on sinners who ask for forgiveness. People do not realize that this is a huge issue in the church and within people themselves. This isn't just about a rebellious is about grace or the lack of it. Thanks Jay for bringing those issues to the forefront.
  5. 1 Stars Out Of 5
    July 29, 2002
    Gregory Nyman
    While Jay speaks to his own dysfunction in this book, and his own problems being the son of a preacher man and watching his friends, family, and home disintegrate before his eyes, he does it in a very shallow way. He really doesn't speak to the heart issues, and while some may think this is a great book for teens, I disagree. Jay rails against the traditional church, advocates for smoking and non-smoking sections in churches (possibly an idea with merit, but not much), states that punk-rock music in alternative churches is the way to reach the unchurched kids (to be "relevant" he says), and heartily approves of the language in much of the punk-rock CDs he speaks about, many which have questionable themes, intense language. Not only that, but he insists that the traditional sermons and worship and music of the traditional churches are outdated. It seems that he is still in search of himself, and hopefully, maybe his dad, Jim, can rub off on him, and while he speaks about the grace in the shadows, Jay Bakker, like the rest of us, continues to need the grace of God. For it seems that Jay is still an angry young man who has much to learn and who still carries much of the past with him, and until he finds himself, he will be the son of a preacher man and that only.
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