“Mom was a much nicer person than her God. There are many biblical regulations about everything from beard-trimming to menstruating. Mom worked diligently to recast her personal-hygiene-obsessed God in the best light.”
Alternating between laugh-out-loud scenes from his childhood and acidic ruminations on the present state of an America he and his famous fundamentalist parents helped create, best-selling author Frank Schaeffer asks what the Glenn Becks and the Rush Limbaughs and the paranoid fantasies of the “right-wing echo chamber” are really all about. Here’s a hint: sex.
The unforgettable central character in Sex, Mom, and God is the author’s far-from-prudish evangelical mother, Edith, who sweetly but bizarrely provides startling juxtapositions of the religious and the sensual thoughout Schaeffer’s childhood. She was, says Frank Schaeffer, “...the greatest illustration of the Divine beauty of Paradox I’ve encountered... a fundamentalist living a double life as a lover of beauty who broke all her own judgmental rules in favor of creativity.”
Charlotte Gordon, the award-winning author of Mistress Bradstreet, calls Sex, Mom, and God “a tour de force.... Sarah Palin, ‘The Family,’ Anne Hutchinson, adultery, abortion, homophobia, Uganda, Ronald Reagan, B. B. King, Billy Graham, Hugh Hefner—it’s all here. This is the kind of book I did not want to end.”
I really enjoyed this book. I found it funny and touching and truly enlightening. I also feel I have a better understanding of the far right Christian movement now, and I applaud his efforts to atone for his role in creating the huge divide between right and left that is threatening to absolutely destroy the USA. And I think he makes a valid point about Roe vs Wade and the storm it unleashed. As a Canadian, where we have taken what he calls "the French approach," I can see his point that, at the very least, a civil discussion of the Roe vs Wade decision and its impact on US abortion law could be helpful in calming down the partisan politics that are crippling the US. But mostly, I enjoyed Schaeffer's frank and candid voice.
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Having read his previous book, "Crazy for God", this one is a great follow-through. Again, there is a sense of brutal honesty along with a humility that brings out a truly humane account of life.
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