"If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales." Albert Einstein

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.

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