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Crazy for God (some more)

Crazy for God

I found this interview with Frank about the book by somebody that is mentioned in the book. I thought it was interesting.

Have you read the book yet?

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Posted by on December 9, 2007 in Uncategorized

 

WTF??!!

How can I not be profoundly annoyed and use such strong txt-speak for the fact that our local news spent the first full 5 minutes of their 10pm broadcast informing the viewing audience that the Razorbacks still don’t have football coach? Are you kidding me?

Usually I’m just blissfully oblivious to society’s ridiculous preoccupation with organized sports and at most I may get mildly annoyed. However…

We’re at war. We’re starting into an election year. Gas prices are soaring and car manufacturers are still getting rich off people who go way into debt to drive vehicles that get a whopping 10 mpg. A 19 year old kid just killed 9 people in a mall. It’s cold outside. I saw people standing on the side of the road with signs asking for help on the way home today. I’m trying to teach an alarming number of 7th graders who barely read as well as nuffy’s 4 year old son and I don’t know how I’m going to pay my dental bills. I don’t care what you talk about, just talk about something more important than lamenting not being able to hire some guy for $X million to coach f-ing football. For the love of pete, grab just the tiniest bit of perspective.

Are you kidding me?

 
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Posted by on December 7, 2007 in Uncategorized

 

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

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

Anybody who has ever paid any attention to this blog knows that I am a fan of fiction. I’m pretty sure that I’ve read some other memoir, but I can’t actually think of another at the moment. So, it is with great enthusiasm that I recommend this particular book to just about anybody that may actually read this blog. I’m seriously inhaling it.

I think that this book will make exactly a half dozen of Frank Schaeffer’s books that I’ve read. I LOVE his Calvin Becker trilogy, and it’s not far off to say that his two books, “Sham Pearls Before Real Swine” and “Addicted to Mediocrity” have had profound influence on my personal beliefs about art and creativity. I think the only book by his father, Francis, that I’ve actually read, is actually two rather short essays collected in a short volume called simply, “Art & the Bible”. I has been formative to me as well.

The title really tells you what’s in store. As I understand it, Frank made his escape from evangelicalism and converted to Greek Orthodox. (I’ve got about 50 pages left to the book, and he hasn’t said anything about that yet.)

I had heard about the book, and then James said that he’d started reading it. I got it from the library and can’t put it down. There are so many people that I would like to have read this.

I had a quote from the book that I thought about typing in, but I have to go to bed right now. Maybe some other time. If you read it, let me know what you think.

 
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Posted by on December 7, 2007 in Uncategorized