If you’re a fan of Matthew Paul Turner, you’ll love Churched. I’ve read Matthew’s blog, Jesus Needs New PR, for a couple of years now and have always enjoyed his take on, often times, strange and bizarre Christian culture. So when I got the chance to receive a copy of Churched from the Blogging For Books program, I was game.
Churched is a collection of his experiences and observations of being raised in an ultra-conservative, fundamentalist Baptist church. It’s subtitled, One Mans Journey Towards God Despite a Holy Mess. And boy, did the stories he share describe that mess! Sunday school lessons with burning Barbie dolls…KJV cuss words…a trip to the barber to get the Christian haircut. Just a few of the things that made me laugh…and cringe a few times too.
It would be easy for someone who experienced much of what he did to grow up to be jaded and even hostile towards Christianity…perhaps even God. Matthew sums the book up with the realization that while no church is perfect, he knows that he benefits from being a part of a church community.
I really enjoyed this easy read. At the same time, it made me think about the messages I’m sending my kids as I lead them to know Jesus!
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