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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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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)
In hindsight...
I listened to this book almost a year ago now so my review is a recollection of how the book made me feel about my faith in Christ rather than focusing on specifics. I recall relating to many of the author's experiences and laughing out loud at some. As the book progressed, I became more hopeless that Jesus' ongoing work through his church, broken as it is, would ever be recognized by Mr. Turner. There was entertainment value in the book but as a cure for what ails the American church I think the list of adverse side effects could be long indeed. You won't feel better after taking this pill.
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Review by / (Posted on 8/29/2014)
REAL
At first I was cringing at what seemed to be attacks on Christianity. I felt guilty when I laughed out loud. But then I got it. It isn't an attack on Christianity, or on God. It's an honest, real look at one man's experience growing up in a certain flavor of church, and how that affected his relationship with Christ. I could relate with so much of it - the focus on pet doctrines, the judgments on those who don't interpret Scripture the way we do, the shying away from what has scarred us in the past. The last sentence or two of each chapter is a nugget of faith and trust. Thank God for grace! (I noticed several repeats of phrases. It'd be great if these could be cleaned up. But the author does a great job of telling his own story in audio form.)
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Review by / (Posted on 4/11/2014)
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