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Churched

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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Release Date April 11, 2011
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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."

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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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This book is so deeply rooted in the location and culture in which it is written, it's almost inaccessible to someone from a different background. I didn't get past chapter three.
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Review by / (Posted on 1/19/2017)
Salon magazine managed to slip a book into a Christian publisher's product list.
The book is a snide, condescending slam of traditional Christianity from start to finish. I'm not sure why Christian Audio would want to even promote it. The readers' voice is so annoying, it is like listening to a 10 year old whine about how much they hate spinach, for 7 hours.
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Review by / (Posted on 1/11/2017)
church of self
Entertaining, with some funny "that's so true" moments but constant dark, bitter undertones in the witty sarcasm and highly self righteous snarky attitude, the outflow of this Matthew's heart exudes himself - under a self righteous disguise of making God more popular. Insightful though, into the pains caused by much of traditional church/family that was more ritualistic and legalistic than a tempered solid relationship with the jealous God of the universe would have allowed. Matthew has missed out on God's grace for even the legalistic, but has, on the flip side, diminished the power of the scriptures that do relate to judgement. Not so much grace needed if the judgement is reduced or explained away. The fruits of a spirit-filled life and a focus on glorifying the magnificent, powerful and jealous God of the Bible - is not evident in this book.
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Review by / (Posted on 10/31/2016)
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