Churched: One Kid's Journey Toward God Despite a Holy Mess (Google eBook)
Doubleday Religious Publishing Group, Oct 7, 2008 - Biography & Autobiography - 226 pages
He spent his childhood trapped within the confines of countless bizarre, strict rules. And lived to tell about it.
In this first-hand account, author Matthew Paul Turner shares amusing–sometimes cringe-worthy–and poignant stories about growing up in a fundamentalist household, where even well-intentioned contemporary Christian music was proclaimed to be “of the devil.”
churched is a collection of stories that detail an American boy’s experiences growing up in a culture where men weren’t allowed let their hair grow to touch their ears (“an abomination!”), women wouldn’t have been caught dead in a pair of pants (unless swimming), and the pastor couldn’t preach a sermon without a healthy dose of hellfire and brimstone. Matthew grapples with the absurdity of a Sunday School Barbie burning, the passionate annual boxing match between the pastor and Satan, and the holiness of being baptized a fifth time–while growing into a young man who, amidst the chaotic mess of religion, falls in love with Jesus.
From the Hardcover edition.
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Review: Churched: One Kid's Journey Toward God Despite a Holy MessUser Review - Jonathan Aman - Goodreads
Turner and I grew up in the same denomination. I recognized the Bible college, the children's singer and so much of the terminology. It was surreal to read of an upbringing so similar to mine. I'm ... Read full review
Review: Churched: One Kid's Journey Toward God Despite a Holy MessUser Review - Jessie Weaver - Goodreads
From the bright yellow cover to the humorous tales within, Churched is a fun day's read. Turner, author of many works examining the Christian life, tells his own growing-up story in this easy-to-read ... Read full review