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Purple Violet Squish

3.05  ·  Rating Details ·  40 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
128 pages
Published 1969 by Oliphants
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Mar 12, 2012 cam rated it liked it
hilariously alarmist look at 60s counterculture movements; really compellingly written.
Mar 25, 2008 Ty rated it it was amazing
great for a good laugh. ridiculous stories about the dangers of lsd and the hippie culture.
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Oct 05, 2008 Creative A rated it liked it
"Purple-Violet Squish" is a nonfiction book written by David Wilkerson, the guy who wrote "The Cross and the Switchblade." It's an interesting look at the 80's generation. Wilkerson manages to get you inside the head of the kids who got caught up in the hippie movement. There aren't as many personal stories as in "Switchblade," but it's enough to make the time period feel real and raw.

Each chapter covers a different basic group of people, from hippies, to wagumps, to squares. First Wilkerson de
Dec 11, 2008 John rated it liked it
I remember that this book elicited violent reactions both pro and con in me when I first read it.
Wilkerson is trying to turn the hearts of young people away from the destructive cultural pnenomenon that were captivating them at the time.
My one problem with Wilkerson is that he lumped the Jesus People in general and Christan Rock in particular to the more sinister influences of the hippie movement and the harder secular rock of the time. He had no room in his beliefs for 'redeemed rock'.

Jesse Blazewicz
Oct 02, 2007 Jesse Blazewicz rated it liked it
This book is by a minister who interviews hippies, yuppies, freebie gypsies, freakniks, etc... It was okay. I was a little put off by the fact that because it was written by a minister, it got a little "preachy". It was an interesting read, though.
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Mar 27, 2015 Roderick Logan, DPTh rated it it was ok
I read this book way back when I was in the 7th grade; living in a small, naive Indiana town. At the time it was revolutionary; not so much now from outside the bubble. However, the book does provide the reader with a keen insight; not of it's topic, but of its author and his culture.
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"LSD hippie cults are springing up all over the world. It has become a psychic revolt that even affects theology. Hippie 'acid' heads and those involved with transcendental meditation have had visions of 'God.' Their descriptions are as bizarre as something from the devil's handbook. 'God is a bare-chested creature with wings who carries a serpent entwined around a cross–a fire-breathing mountain who rises out from the earth spewing volcanos and spraying rainbows across the universe–a brilliant ...more
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David Ray Wilkerson was an American Christian evangelist, best known for his book The Cross and the Switchblade. He was the founder of the addiction recovery program Teen Challenge, and founding pastor of the non-denominational Times Square Church in New York.

Wilkerson's widely distributed sermons, such as "A Call to Anguish", are known for being direct and frank against apostasy and serious about
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