Saturday, May 14, 2011

Churched-Funny Yet Disappointing

About the Book
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.

My Review

I was really excited to read Matthew Tuner's book Churched. I had heard great things about the book and it reading the information about it made me think about my own childhood. It was an amusing read, and I enjoyed his sarcastic sense of humor. Many of the things Turner writes about are true, and it's so funny because it is true. As I read the book, I kept waiting for him to make his point. The cover talks about a "kid's journey toward God", there was very little "journey" written about. I finished the book feeling slightly amused, and a tad upset because there was no point to the story. The book just ends, without any details or things to consider. I am a person who enjoys reading humor, but I also like a bit more depth in stories.

Note: I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review. This is my honest opinion on the book.

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