Tuesday, May 31, 2011
Not So Churched
I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review and was very excited for the opportunity, however, the feeling was short lived. I don't know what it is about the last few books I've received but I have not enjoyed them as much as I wanted to.
The purpose of this book is basically to tell the story of a boy who grew up in a fundamentalist baptist environment where he was taught to be afraid of God and to be afraid of his pastor. His parents were a little odd and told him things like "Jesus didn't have long hair and only deviants have long hair" and that he had to get baptized to save his soul. I thought that it would be a book where the author would grow up and realize what his own love for God meant and find his own religion, etc. I was so wrong.
This book was written in a very negative light towards religion in this man's childhood as well as into his adult years. It was almost anti-religion. I wanted this book to get another perspective on religion and what I got was ranting about the insane things he had to do as a FB and a timeline about how he grew up in a very different household and never asked questions, even as a teenager. I understand that looking back, the author realized that he wasn't raised in a "normal" setting and he broke away from that kind of religion but he seemed ungrateful for the opportunities that he had, and to me, the stereotypes he used for fundamentalist baptists AND Nashvillians were a bit distracting. He did not find religion. He did not find God. And the more he tried to say he did at the end the more I did not buy it for one minute. I did not enjoy this book at all, which is rare for me. I am pretty easy to please. It was entirely too opinionated and it didn't offer any solution or insight to his world at all.