Jesus Land: A Memoir

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Counterpoint Press, 2005 - Biography & Autobiography - 356 pages
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For Julia Scheeres and her adopted brother David, "Jesus Land" stretched from their parents' fundamentalist home, past the hostilities of high school, and deep into a Christian reform school in the Dominican Republic. For these two teenagers - brother and sister, black and white - the 1980's were a trial by fire.
In this memoir, Scheeres takes us from the familiar Midwest, a land of cottonwood trees and trailer parks, to a place beyond her imagining. At home, the Scheeres kids must endure the usual trials of adolescence - high-school hormones, incessant bullying, and the deep-seated restlessness of social misfits everywhere - under the shadow of virulent racism neither knows how to contend with. When they start to crack (or fight back), they are packed off to Escuela Caribe.
This brutal, prison-like "Christian boot camp" demands that its inhabitants repent for their sins - sins that few of them are aware of having committed. Julia and David's determination to make it though with heart and soul intact is told here with immediacy, candor, sparkling humor, and not an ounce of malice. Jesus Land is, on every page, a keenly moving ode to the sustaining power of love, and rebellion, and the dream of a perfect family.
 

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This book is scary and helpful to warn all parents and caregivers about the pitfalls of falling for appearances only. The criminal activities child abuse was beyond comprehension and all parents ... Read full review

Jesus Land: A Memoir

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In her first book, journalist Scheeres tells what it was like growing up in a fundamentalist Christian family in rural Indiana with two adopted African American brothers. She deftly exposes the ... Read full review

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Contents

THE HEARTLAND
3
FRIENDS NEIGHBORS
21
EDUCATION
41
HOME
61
BODY PARTS
89
VIRGINITY
115
SHARP OBJECTS
139
FREEDOM
157
DEAD BABIES
211
NEW GIRL
233
PROGRESS
255
RAPTURE
267
AGUA DE COCO
285
THE PASTOR
313
TURKEY
327
FLORIDA
339

TRUST NO ONE
167
THE ISLAND
169
THE PROGRAM
193
EPILOGUE
349
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
356
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