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I Was Wrong

3.81  ·  Rating Details ·  123 Ratings  ·  18 Reviews
The loss of Jim Bakker's empire, his money, his home, and his reputation in the two years leading up to his imprisonment in 1989 was only the beginning. In prison, he was to lose even more - his freedom, his sanity, his dignity, his confidence in his faith, and eventually even his wife. Inmate 07407-058, one-time confidant to presidents, had hit bottom. Jim Bakker was wron ...more
Paperback, Abridged, 512 pages
Published October 4th 1997 by Thomas Nelson (first published 1997)
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Sep 26, 2013 Simon rated it it was ok
I was prepared to write a snarky review, and in some ways the book deserves it. He was clearly angry with Tammy Faye and Roe Messner when he wrote it (perhaps deservedly so, although the letters he presents from his former wife really do reveal a woman who was suffering from complete exhaustion; still, there is no question that by their own lights Mrs. Bakker and Mr. Messner behaved badly). He also had not forgiven Jerry Falwell, Jimmy Swaggart, Jon Ankerberg and the rest of the gang who ran him ...more
Jan 05, 2014 Laurie rated it really liked it
I was surprised that I enjoyed this book more than I thought I would. It tells an interesting story of Jim Bakker's "fall from grace" as the Lifetime movie made about it dubbed it. (I also watched that movie on YouTube while I was reading this. People are right when they say you can find anything on the Internet). I vaguely remember of hearing of this scandal back in the 80's/90's, but followed it very little, as I didn't care much at all about PTL at the time and found all of that type of relig ...more
Cyndi Beane-Henry
Oct 08, 2011 Cyndi Beane-Henry rated it did not like it
When Bakker was accused and convicted, back in the day, I was one of a few who actually believed in him. Even though my parents lost thousands of dollars to his PTL program and Heritage USA, where they purchased life-long memberships, to this day they continue to support him.

So, when my parents offered to loan me this book, I was eager to read it. Before cracking it open, I continued to stand behind the man who admitted openly his mistakes.

However, after reading Bakker's "I Was Wrong", I am left
Don Kaiser
Apr 01, 2014 Don Kaiser rated it really liked it
Shelves: memoir
I enjoyed this book, mainly because of Bakker's take on the judicial process and daily prison life. I do agree, however, with the reviewer who took exception with Bakker's habit of admitting wrongdoing, only to follow it up with a qualifier. It was almost like, "I was wrong, but I really wasn't because my lawyers, Jerry Falwell, Tammy Faye, etc. sold me out." Even so, I didn't feel it merited such a bad review. All in all, the book was well-written, interesting and a good reminder of all that ha ...more
Jul 26, 2016 Kristy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: christian, biography
I loved this book. The title really reflects the heart of the book, which I appreciated. While Baker did take the time to tell his side of his story (which included a lot of injustice done to him), I didn't feel like he was trying to defend himself or justify his name; he was sharing his perspective. At the heart of the book is the journey God took him on through his experiences, both at the top and at rock bottom, and how God changed his thinking on some key matters of theology and faith. I wis ...more
Jan 23, 2014 Child960801 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
It felt like I was reading this book forever. I really enjoyed seeing how God worked in Jim Bakker's life. I pray that we are never so far from God that he has to send us to prison to get our attention. Reading about the moments in prison where God specially moved left me hopeful. How good is God that he even loves Jim Bakker.

This was mostly about his experience in prison. I would have liked more about his life before that.
Jaime Contreras
Oct 22, 2016 Jaime Contreras rated it really liked it
This is one of the most rewarding books I have ever read. It begins with the fall of a believer who lost his way, his suffering and then his redemption. Jim Bakker lost everything which this world calls important.He was betrayed by his wife and a business partner. In the end, he was left with just the Word of God. God reduced to him to nothing to rebuild him. I would encourage anyone who is going through difficult times to read this book.
Jun 27, 2010 Marie rated it it was ok
This book told a fascinating story... It's objectivity was tarnished quite a bit, as it was told exclusively from Jim Bakker's point of view. At first I felt that Mr. Bakker was quite the "whiner," but as the story unfolded I felt more and more pity for him and his family. This book was definitely one of failure, growth, and redemption.
Jul 18, 2013 Adrienne rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. I remember seeing Jim and his wife, Tami, on TV when I was younger, so I had a curiosity to read this book. This autobiography seemed to be written from the heart, and he seemed to be very straightforward and honest. I loved this book, and it even made me want to write a letter to him! lol
Apr 13, 2012 Mary rated it really liked it
Shelves: bio-memoir
amazing book, filled with honesty and humility. very satisfying, even healing to hear someone in contemporary infamy admit his own mistakes and reveal his heart, and the transformation that led to his personal revival. wonderful.
Jul 03, 2015 Barb rated it really liked it
Almost stopped reading about half way through but kept on. He was whinning and I had a hard time with it. God did a real work in his life so it was worth reading the whole book. See is back on TV. Hope he stays out of trouble this time.
Bryon Harris
Oct 31, 2010 Bryon Harris rated it it was amazing
Shelves: christian
Really wanted to lear more about Jim and see if he was believable or not. I was so pleased with this book and learned a lot about the man. Appreciated everything I learned.
Connie Davis
Jul 09, 2013 Connie Davis rated it it was amazing
Jim was proven in high courts he was not guilty..the judge was fired from the courts..of course you never hear the real story..great read
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James Orsen Bakker is an American televangelist, a former Assemblies of God minister, and a former host (with his then-wife Tammy Faye Bakker) of The PTL Club, a popular evangelical Christian television program. A sex scandal led to his resignation from the ministry. Subsequent revelations of accounting fraud brought about his imprisonment and divorce and effectively ended his time in the larger p ...more
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