I liked this book because it tells a story and the story is one of a kid who was trying to figure out and follow Jesus the best that he knew how, but was just being taught how to in a whacked out and weird way.
The book takes you on a nostalgic walk through Matthew’s past. It starts around the time that his family begins going to a fundamentalist church when he was a child and takes you up to present day. He is extremely honest about what he experienced at this particular church and how it affected him.
One of the things that caught me off guard about the way that he wrote is that if you didn’t read the book carefully you could think that every fundamentalist church out there was this way. While that possibility might exist, it doesn’t necessarily have to be true. I’m sure that there are some crazy fundamentalists out there along with some really great fundamentalists.
He gives the names of some of the people in his past and gets to the point where he is very telling about them and honest about his opinion of them. The only caution that I would give is that just because you feel a certain way about a situation or people doesn’t mean that you should write all your thoughts down because it may not be what builds up the church. Turner might be guilty of that from time to time in the book.
But all in all I enjoyed it and don’t regret reading it. If you have time, you should too.
(I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.)