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One Kids Journey Toward God Despite a Holy Mess

Author Matthew Paul Turner
Narrator Matthew Paul Turner
Runtime 4.8 hrs. - Unabridged
Publisher Matthew Paul Turner
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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


Megan says:

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).


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