Crazy for God

Crazy for God

How I Grew up as One of the Elect, Helped Found the Religious Right, and Lived to Take All (or Almost All) of It Back

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Frank Schaeffer grew up in Switzerland's L'Abri, an idealistic community founded by his parents, the American evangelicals Francis and Edith Schaeffer. By the time he was 19, his parents had achieved global fame as best-selling authors and speakers, l'Abri had become a mecca for spiritual seekers worldwide -- from Barbara Bush to Timothy Leary -- and Frank had joined his father on the evangelical circuit. By the age of 23, he had directed two multi-part religious documentaries and had helped instigate the marriage between the American evangelical community and the anti-abortion movement. But as he spoke before thousands in arenas around America, published his own evangelical bestseller, and worked with such figures as Pat Robertson, Jack Kemp, Jerry Falwell, and Dr. James Dobson, Schaeffer felt alienated, precipitating his own crisis of faith and eventually resulting in his departure. Schaeffer has since become a successful secular author. He was reduced to stealing pork chops from the grocery store in LA, rather than take on any more high-paying evangelical speaking gigs. With its up-close portraits of the leading figures of the American evangelical movement, Crazy for God is a uniquely revealing and powerful memoir, which tells its story with empathy, humor, and bite.
Publisher: New York : Carroll & Graf, 2007.
Edition: First Carroll & Graf edition
ISBN: 9780786718917
0786718919
Branch Call Number: 269.2092 SCHAEFFE
Characteristics: 417 pages, [16] pages of plates : illustrations ; 22 cm.

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Jan 29, 2016

Schaeffer loves to put himself in a good light, no matter who he steps on to do so. He is inconsistent throughout, alternatively portraying people and philosophies as ogres or saints, depending on his mood. You don't have to be an expert Calvinist to poke holes in his understanding of faith. In addition, his fact-checking is lazy. in a casual reading, I found a number of errors--ex. the Chinese missionaries who were friends of his grandparents (and were also friends of MY grandparents), were JOHN and Betty Stam, not STAN and Betty. They were decapitated by the Chinese and deserve the dignity of getting their names right, I think. Throughout, Schaeffer is histrionic, self-absorbed and downright nasty at times. Of course his parents weren't perfect, but they contributed a lot to the Christendom and culture and they don't deserve a smear campaign, least of all by their ingrate of a son, who is profiting from their fame, while dragging their name through the mud--nice. Don't waste your time.

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