11 May 2011
Turner, Matthew. Churched: One Kid's Journey Toward God Despite a Holy Mess. Colorado Springs: Waterbrook Press, 2008.
With a humorous style and details that only an "insider" can appreciate, Turner describes his family's plunge into the Fundamentalist movement and how he developed a love for Jesus in spite of all he dealt with at church.
I was intrigued by this book - the title, the picture on the front, the first few pages. Turner definitely captured my attention, and I believe he accurately pictured life inside a Fundamentalist church. Unfortunately, there is little description of his choice to leave Fundamentalism or his belief in God in spite of what he learned at church. I wanted to jump inside his brain for a bit to find out why he left and what he believes now, but perhaps that information is destined for a sequel. As it is, this book is entertaining and light-hearted, poking fun without being cruel, and is definitely worth a trip to the library.