Churched: One Kid's Journey Toward God Despite a Holy Mess

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Crown Publishing Group, Oct 7, 2008 - Biography & Autobiography - 240 pages
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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.


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User Review  - Athalia - Christianbook.com

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 ... Read full review

User Review  - pastor les - Christianbook.com

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 ... Read full review

Contents

Prelude
1
The Fundamentals
27
Easy Like Sunday Morning
43
Haircut
57
Twelve Minutes
71
Jesus in Black and White
87
To Hell and Back
105
You Know Where Liars Go
123
Seven
147
Satan Rules
171
Win a Soul Win a Prize
189
Benediction
213
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About the author (2008)

Matthew Paul Turner is a blogger, speaker and author of The Coffeehouse Gospel, Provocative Faith, Beatitude: Relearning Jesus, the What You Didn’t Learn from Your Parents About… series, and several other popular books. He has written for Relevant, HomeLife, Christian Single magazines and was the former editor of CCM magazine. Matthew and his wife, Jessica, live in Nashville, Tennessee. He can be found online at www.matthewpaulturner.com. 


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