26 December 2014

Churched: One Kid's Journey Toward God Despite a Holy Mess by Matthew Paul Turner

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Churched details an American boy’s experiences growing up in a culture where men weren’t allowed to 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.
In 1978, when Matthew Paul Turner was five, his family became sold-out members of an independent Baptist church, joining without any firsthand knowledge of Christian fundamentalism, only his parents’ sincere desire to follow God. In Churched, with wit and careful observation, he reveals the tenderness and grace that managed to seep through the cracks and a young man who, amidst the chaotic mess of religion, falls in love with Jesus.

Churched by Matthew Paul Turner is an entertaining and amusing memoir about his experiences growing up in the culture of a fundamental Baptist church. While it is not as much of a “journey” as I expected, given the title, it is an interesting read nevertheless. With each chapter, Turner provides a series of astounding and slightly crazy experiences and beliefs from his childhood. Turner is an excellent storyteller and I thoroughly enjoyed this quick and easy read. I would recommend it for those readers who enjoy memoirs.

Thanks to Blogging for Books, I received a copy of Churched and the opportunity to provide an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review, and all the opinions I have expressed are my own.

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