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Sins of the Father

(Jesus Freaks #1)

4.22  ·  Rating details ·  268 ratings  ·  95 reviews
Kennedy Sawyer is the valedictorian of her upper middle class, liberal high school.

Roland Abbot is the charismatic, attractive televangelist from New Life Church with a dark past and an illegitimate child.

Ignoring the cautions of her mother and the confusion of her Ivy League-bound friends, Kennedy enrolls at the conservative Christian Carter University where her sights
Paperback, 290 pages
Published September 12th 2014 by Cincinnatus Press (first published August 25th 2014)
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Amy | Foxy Blogs
Jesus Freaks is penned by the same author who wrote, In The Stillness, which I loved. So, I was curious when I saw the title to this book what kind of story the author would create.

Scandal and legacy!
Kennedy is a byproduct of sin. She was born out of wedlock and her birth father signed away his parental rights. Harsh! Maybe?! But Roland had his reasons why he gave her up.


Coming to Jesus meeting.
As a young man he spiraled downhill until one particular moment brought him to his knees. That “coming to Jesus” moment turned his li
Jess-i-ca ~Sometimes a Gif Witch~
5- Wasn't what I expected - Stars!

Kennedy, a somewhat liberal Episcopalian and valedictorian of her high school could go to any school she would like and was accepted to some very prestigious ones, but decides to enroll at Carter University, a very conservative Christian school.

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Her main reason for enrolling is to be near her father, Pastor Roland Abbott, a nearby televangelist connected with the university. The only problem is she is his illegitimate child and no one knows her identity. Sur
Aug 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book struck such a chord with me, I had to read it again. I don't care who you are, we've all had a run in with a Jesus Freak. The stereotype; out of touch, overly opinionated and undereducated, oppressors of women. You know who I'm talking about. Somewhere out there Wendy Sawyer's giving me an "AMEN, SISTAH!"

Kennedy's journey to discover herself in the middle of a university fraught with this type character was illuminating. I saw so much of myself in her struggles both spiritu
Krystle Marie
Jul 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
So...I finished Jesus Freaks last night.!

Some of you may know I struggle with my faith and more importantly I struggle with organized religion. I wasn't sure id like this all. But I love everything AR writes so obviously I was gonna give it a shot.


It's like Andrea clawed her way into my brain and took my thoughts out and put them on paper. More than once. Seriously, there are passages in there that I have said p
Charles Sheehan-Miles
It’s been quite a while since I’ve posted a book review, but this one I thought was important to get out there. Here’s why.

For most of my adult life, I’ve been prejudiced against conservative Christians and fundamentalists of all kinds. At least outside of fiction. I loved reading about Prior Phillip in Pillars of the Earth, but it never even crossed my mind to read any contemporary Christian literature, with the exception of the Left Behind series, which I thought was okay writing b
Jun 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
Do you ever see a book and think, "man. This book is going to have NOTHING in it that is of interest to me?" Well, that was my initial thought when I heard about Jesus Freaks. I mean, come on now...Me. I loathe almost everything I know about organized religion and these people were going to a Christian College, where the main character's televangelist father is associated. Ok. I went in fully expecting to roll my eyes and want to barf throughout the entire book, BUT, I love most anything that An ...more
M. ~ B&B
I know this book seems like one you don’t think you want to read. I, for one, absolutely love Andrea’s writing, but had doubts about reading her new book. The topic of religion just generally makes people uncomfortable. It does me. I’m not a believer. I try understanding and accepting people that do believe, but I personally just can’t. And it makes me uncomfortable when people talk religion to me (read: preach to me) or blatantly push their beliefs on me. I like Christians just fine and I am pe ...more
Aug 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Easily one of my favorite books this year.
Sep 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
Ah, I got no clue where to start. So let’s do a quote:

“This isn’t a lie, by the way. I do love God. I can’t remember a day in my life when I haven’t thought of him, or prayed, or written about him.”

Just to put things into perspective: reading a book with lines like that… You could as well hand me a fantasy book that’s how far religion is out of my realm. Despite being a baptized catholic, I don‘t believe in any religion.

That said, this book certain wasn’t an easy read for me/>“This
Jul 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Jesus Freaks, was one of the most Fantastic Books, that I've read this year. Totally different from what I am accustomed to reading. And honestly, I probably wouldn't have read it, if not for Andrea writing it. I'm sure that sounds silly, but it is totally honest.

Jesus Freaks, may make you uncomfortable, may make you really think and reevaluate your stance on your personal beliefs, and it may even make you shake your head....But that is perfectly fine, because you will breathe what Andrea has given you and l
Aug 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This was an fast-paced read with a really intriguing premise...liberal CT college student attends a conservative Bible college to try to get close to her evangelical mega-church pastor biological dad who she's been estranged from her entire life due to the circumstances of her conception.

There's really rich material here, and the drama is well thought out. I was raised Catholic and now identify as an Evangelical. I know both sides very well and have experienced the type of prejudice
Jul 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Wow! I have so much to say about this book that I need to collect my thoughts. And I need the next book like tomorrow! I will write more when I wrap my head around the feelings I have after reading this.

Let's see if I can get my thoughts together long enough to write some kind of a review. First off, I LOVE this book! I couldn't put it down. I was skeptical at first because of the topic this book talks about but that alone also had me intrigued to purchase the book. I could not put i
Aug 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I received and ARC from the author. She only asked that we talk about the book if we liked it.

I didn't like it, I LOVED it.

Andrea Randall has once again captured my attention, entering subjects that aren't always popular or something people want to talk about. What is more taboo in today's society than religion?

I was excited to find the setting practically in my backyard. Knowing Asheville like I do, the author managed to capture the diversity of the town well without ma
Aug 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book was surprisingly good, I didn't want to really read a book about "holy rollers " however if Andrea Randall is writing it I thought why not give it a try. I loved Kennedy's character because she was so strong and independent, I also loved her circle of friends they were also not what I expected. I do however hope that more of Matts story will be revealed I'm the second book. Great job on this one Ms Randall you hit a home run.
Sep 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
“Jesus Freaks. Capital J. Capital F.”

Oh this book, this is a book I started reading because I was in a funk and I wanted something different, I wanted something that wasn’t like everything else out there in this writing community I have become attached to. I will say the other reason was the title “Jesus Freaks”. I go to a Baptist church and I think from the day I switched from Lutheran to Baptist I have heard that term from my own family multiple times. We all know the stereotype that follows the term J
Jul 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Andrea Randall is stepping outside of the box with her new Jesus Freaks series. Jesus Freaks: Sins of the Father is completely different from anything I have ever read. My first thought was to classify this novel in the Christian fiction genre, but Randall confirmed that she considers her new series to be new adult. No matter the genre, she has taken a big risk in trying something different, and I absolutely applaud her!

Kennedy Sawyer is an incoming freshman at Carter University in Asheville. She is a liberal
Jul 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-star-reads
Andrea Randall became one of my favorite authors after I read In the Stillness. It is one of my top favorites, and if you haven't read it, I suggest you do! I put whatever she writes onto my MUST READ list and Jesus Freaks: Sins of the Father did not disappoint.

Kennedy Sawyer has grown up in a liberal Episcopalian household. Her mother Wendy is very liberal in ever facet of life, so when Kennedy decides to enroll is the conservative Evangelical Christian college, Carter University, h
Jul 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Where do I begin with this thought provoking, laugh out loud, amazing book? I just finished Jesus Freaks and all I can say is that I can not wait to see what happens next. I found myself attached to Kennedy and her hilarious and supportive mother from the first page. Kennedy is a person you root for and hope she finds what she is looking for on her journey of finding herself and where she fits in. As for the title, it's not a religious book. If it was, I would not be the one doing this review. I ...more
Melina Karn
Aug 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I was not expecting to like this book. I read it in one sitting.

I was fortunate enough to receive an ARC copy from the author in return for an honest review.

As an Australian, I find the American Bible belt culture bizarre to say the least. I am a Christian, accepted Jesus as my personal friend and saviour, but I find the in-your-face Jesus freaks to be incredibly off-putting and borderline offensive.

So with that in mind, I approached this book with some trepid
Melissa Brown
Jun 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
Intelligent, thought-provoking, heart-twisting. Andrea Randall proves once again that she is an eloquent writer and creator of characters who will stay with you long after you finish the book.
Amanda Lee Disheveled Book Blog
How am I just now seeing this???? I can't wait to read a new Andrea Randall book.
Aug 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A great read!

I'm stingy with my stars. Only the really good ones get four stars. But this is a five star book.
I know, you're thinking, "Jesus Freaks...the title tells me all I need to know." But you're wrong. This is a story about a girl struggling with who she is, with finding where she belongs, with getting to know her birth father, with wanting him in her life, and yes, struggling with her religion. Religion is there. Sometimes it's very there. But it's never the in your face, beat you
Nancee Cain
Aug 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I haven't been this excited over a book in a long time. I literally could not put it down and finished it in 2 day. I read the last line last night before bed and woke up thinking about it. That's what I love about this book, it makes you think. It tugs at something DEEP inside. I have no doubt there is a reason I picked it up to read now. Jesus Freaks is Andrea's best work yet. I went to the Episcopal Church and left. Why? Why does anyone leave or walk away from a church? Dissatisfaction. Quest ...more
Jul 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Jesus Freaks! Where to start?

I don't always write long reviews. A lot of times, I write a short one or two sentences about a book….unless I really love it (or GASP! Don’t like it at all)

I've read all of Andrea’s other books. I am a fan. But even I was unsure about this one.

Is it about Christianity? Yes see below

Does it bash or trash Christianity? No

Will it try to convert me or evangelize to me? NO…not overtly. It may get you thinking

To me, this was a com
Jul 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
This book is not trying to convert you. It is a fictional story of a young woman trying to find out who she is by exploring her roots. Doing so she enters a conservative Christian university that her estranged father is attached to. It's simply a story about a young woman's self discovery. There is no trying to convert non-believers or pushing religious views upon you.

For me, the setting and the characters make this an interesting read. It's different from the same old-same old plot
Jul 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Religion is one of those topics that is avoided by many, and only embraced by a few dedicated souls that can serve and grow they way it is intended for them to. I. myself, while I pray to God nightly to thank him for my blessings, am only a half-hearted Catholic girl...afraid of the commitment to God, but so desperately longing for it. When I heard Andrea was writing this series, I was intrigued for sure. I love what she writes and how she is not afraid to write about the taboo topics! I was als ...more
Sep 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, angst, reviewed
"Sometimes...sometimes God has to take matters into his own hands. Sometimes he has to overrun the sin and destruction we can bring into our lives. Sometimes He has to wash us clean the most powerful way possible so when we come up for air, all we're calling is His name."

So I've learned a valuable lesson with this book. Never judge a book by it's title! I'm going to admit I was a bit leary with this title and avoided it for a while. Not sure what I was expecting but whatever it was was quickl
Sep 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amazon Freebie somewhat Christian Fiction - Loved it. Yes it did have some of the conservative Christian stereotypes, but I think that it did a good job recognizing where Christianity is right now. It was a good story to see the main character as searching and not knowing all of the answers at the end, just like in real life.

I loved that the main character saw a need to be in the world and not completely separated. The truth is no one is perfect Christian or not. The author took ster
Aug 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Dare I say Ms.Randall has left me at a crossroad of relatable emotional soul searching confusion?! An author who has never disappointed; with thought provoking, emotion igniting feeling, chapter after chapter book after book.

I love how Andrea can humanize topics that fiction writers tend to curtail; Jesus Freaks, SOTF is no exception. Beliefs are a very sensitive topic for many; behaviour is a condition of all. Randall once again has provided a stage with a plethora of strong charac
Sep 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Please do not let the title of this book steer you away from experiencing the story behind Kennedy's journey. Yes, there is religion in the book, it is not a "bible beater" though. It's a breath of fresh air with real life situation and struggles that a young girl might face who realizes her father, who she doesn't really have a relationship with, is a highly looked up to Pastor. This is a beautiful, well written story. I can't wait to see what how this story unfolds. Give this book a chance. I ...more
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