Born Again and Again: Surprising Gifts of a Fundamentalist Childhood

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Paraclete Press, 2005 - Religion - 173 pages
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"When I was five, I knelt with my father in the living room of our house to ask Jesus into my heart." So begins Jon Sweeney's spiritual memoir of his childhood experiences. Full of poignancy, humor, and surprise, Born Again and Again explores aspects of Christian fundamentalism not usually seen: the mysticism of God indwelling the body, religious certainty and its positive and negative effects, powerful experiences of worship, community, and trust, and most of all, the importance of struggling with matters of faith until they are truly one's own.

With a remarkable range of experiences - from Scofield Bibles to firsthand missionary work in Asia and from street witnessing to the tutelage of family and famous friends - Sweeney writes with warmth and affection for the faith he has left behind. And he offers wise reflections on those aspects of fundamentalism that all Christians can learn from.
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User Review  - vpfluke - LibraryThing

This is a rather attractive little book about the author's growing up in fundamentalist household in Wheaton, Ill. He takes you through the certainity of faith imparted to him by his family, some of ... Read full review


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two angels in the txees
three medicine men
four speaking the unspeakable
five if a hee falls in the woods
six all that is seen and unseen
seven lightftom light
eight begotten not made
nine one holy catholic and apostolic chulch
ten the life of the wolld to come
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twelve washing oat my eaXs
forteen knocking eveXywheXe

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About the author (2005)

Jon M. Sweeney is the author of several books, including the remarkably timely "The Pope Who Quit". He is well-known for his ability to take complicated religious history and make it accessible and fascinating to non-scholars. He is the editor-in-chief of Paraclete Press and lives in Illinois with his family.

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