Wednesday, December 3, 2014
Churched by Matthew Paul Turner
This is a good book, its about a young boy's journey from a life as an ordinary kid to a young man who, amidst the chaotic mess of religion, falls in love with Jesus.
Going to church was not new for Matthew, his first visit to church was in his stroller next to his Mom and Dad's pew when he was eight weeks old.
Before switching churches, Matthew's parents were Methodists, after the move they were Baptists. This is his journey through the choatic mess of religion. By the time he was seven, the man whom God had chosen frightened him. Besides the Trinity, hellfire and brimstone were his favorite things.
The older he got, life was strange and fearful. When he didn't read his Bible or pray, he feared that God would punish him by crippling him or killing his mother. He would come home from school and call his mother at work when he hadn't read his Bible to make sure she was all right.
By the time he was in 10th grade, each week over eight hundred people came to his church. High attendance meant the community liked them, large numbers of souls being saved meant God liked them.
After college he bounced from church to church.
Did he find what he was seeking?
Churched is funny, moving and once you pick it up, you can't put it down.
I received this book from Blogging For Books for this review.
Matthew Paul Turner