Michael's Reviews > Churched: One Kid's Journey Toward God Despite a Holy Mess

Churched by Matthew Paul Turner
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May 04, 11

bookshelves: humor
Read in March, 2011, read count: 1

I was hoping that this would be a clever and insightful slice-of-life story when I bought it, maybe because the cover design plays it relatively straight. I actually most enjoyed the final chapter, a sincere and straightforward epilogue.

The rest of the book is mainly wacky humor, with most of the stories played so thoroughly for laughs that they almost seem fabricated. I didn't feel like I had grown to know or care about most of the people, because they were primarily cartoons.

I absolutely love "The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid" by Bill Bryson, a similar book, but I just could not get into this. There were definitely some funny moments, but there was also a kind of mild passive-aggressive undercurrent that kept rubbing me the wrong way. Seemed like he was slapping and judging people all the time with his characterizations.
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