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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (962 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Frank Schaeffer Narrator: Frank Schaeffer Publisher: Gildan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2010 ISBN: 9781596596740
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By the time he was nineteen, Frank Schaeffer's parents, Francis and Edith Schaeffer, had achieved global fame as bestselling evangelical authors and speakers, and Frank had joined his father on the evangelical circuit. He would go on to speak before thousands in arenas around America, publish his own evangelical bestseller, and work with such figures as Pat Robertson, Jerry Falwell, and Dr. James Dobson.

But while coming of age as a rising evangelical star, Schaeffer felt increasingly alienated, and as a result he experienced a crisis of faith that would ultimately lead to his journey out of the fold-even if it meant losing everything.
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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah | 2/3/2014

    " Illuminating and full of hard won truth. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Donalee | 2/2/2014

    " Very readable, with scarey, scarey information. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cicely | 1/19/2014

    " This book is fantastic! The author has an idillic childhood in Switzerland, at is family's Christian La 'Bri retreat, but then comes to realize the ugliness behind fundamentalist Christian thought. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Trey | 1/16/2014

    " While there is certainly some sharp critism of the evangelical movement, this is much more complex work than the title might suggest. A terrific story that should appeal to both the religious (except fundamentalist) and non-religious. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jim Bremser | 12/14/2013

    " This was fascinating. Every bit as good as the author interviews would have you think. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Anne | 11/26/2013

    " This book was misleading. I thought, perhaps foolishly, due to the subtitle of the book that this book would deal with growing up in the Religious Right and then rejecting it but that wasn't the case. I did not enjoy this book, and especially his writing, at all. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Quinton | 11/19/2013

    " Interesting book about the hypocrisy of Christian fundamentalism. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maturelandscaping | 11/18/2013

    " Surprisingly readable autobiography. It takes Schaeffer a while to get to the tell-alls, but he does a great job showing how seductive the evangelical side show can be--especially to one who was raised in it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emily Pearce | 11/7/2013

    " This is one of the best books I've read all year. Really fascinating and absorbing. Schaeffer really lays himself bare here, and I love the way he shows the complexity of his family---the good, the bad, the human. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jay Roberts | 8/13/2013

    " Good insight into the Christian Fundamentalist movement. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laurel | 12/25/2012

    " A tough read for me. Very interesting but I'm not sure if I'm better off for hearing his story or not. Though many of these things happened so long ago, I feel like Schaeffer hasn't been able to come to peace with it all. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dave Mackey | 10/31/2012

    " Posted a review on daveenjoys.com "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ann | 4/19/2012

    " Reread the title--it really says it all and sums up why I wanted to read it. Always good to know what "the other side" is up to. Also, I heard a good interview with Terry Gross on NPR. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Becca | 2/28/2012

    " Feeling guilty about enjoying this... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 12/14/2011

    " Anyone who was raised in conservative Christianity needs to read this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah | 3/4/2011

    " Illuminating and full of hard won truth. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Eric | 1/7/2011

    " Very interesting Memoir. As someone who has completely changed my mind on many issues, it's nice to read about someone who was a leader on one side, who also switched sides, and how it all worked out in the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Phyllis | 12/17/2010

    " The title says it all. Schaeffer is a good writer and paints a picture of his family that was one way in public, and another in private. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pat | 9/10/2010

    " Interesting apologetic book if you want to understand the formula for raising money through religious manipulation. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen | 8/8/2010

    " This was an interesting book for me. I don't know that it was especially well written, but it kept my interest. Very different thinking from anything I have read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maturelandscaping | 6/7/2010

    " Surprisingly readable autobiography. It takes Schaeffer a while to get to the tell-alls, but he does a great job showing how seductive the evangelical side show can be--especially to one who was raised in it. "

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About the Author

Frank Sshaeffer is the author of two other novels, Saving Grandma and Portofino. In addition, he and his son, John, have coauthored the New York Times best-seller Keeping Faith: A Father-Son Story about Love and the United States Marine Corps.