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Crazy for God by Frank Schaeffer
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Jul 08, 2009

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Somewhere between 3 and 4 stars. He's not a great writer--very simple sentences, lots of exclamation points and he interjects reminiscences/memories of others as they relate to the story that don't really add to the story and interupt the flow of the author's own story.

All that said, I found this to be a very compelling and nuanced read. The story of the author's early life with his parents at a Christian mission they founded in Switzerland was very interesting. As was the author's perspective on the rise and his own falling into the religious right, especially as it relates to abortion politics. I found the author to be quite honest and willing to explore and disclose his own foibles and mistakes. While I didn't necessarily agree with him on many points, I found his perspective on Christianity and the pro-life/pro-choice wars to be extremely nuanced and insightful. A great book to read if you want a thoughtful discussion of Christianity and politics today.

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