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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Dana Ellis says:
Refreshing and quick witted, Matthew gives a fresh look at Christianity and helps the reader move beyond the resentment and frustrations that often accompanies a life raised within the bonds of a legalistic Christianity. "Churched" brings new inspiration for living within the freedom of Christianity that God intended His for his followers within their fellowship. A must read for those dis... Read more
Adam Ellis says:
What happens to a kid who grows up in a fundamentalist church when he or she rejects fundamentalism? Many times, because they "got" the message that fundamentalism is the only "true" Christianity, they wind up rejecting Christianity/religion as a whole. However, sometimes, some people find a path through this forest of legalism, conspiracy theories, and isolated subculture to Jesus...or maybe Jesu... Read more
This is an excellent book about Matthew Paul Turner's life. He is candid and honest in a book about deeply important things when it comes to being raised within religion. He does a wonderful job of telling stories without judgment or agenda. A hard thing to do! A good read (listen).