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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (659 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ian Morgan Cron, Ian Cron Narrator: Ian Morgan Cron, Ian Cron Publisher: Oasis Audio, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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“When I first discovered the grainy picture in my mother’s desk—me as a towheaded two-year-old sitting in what I remember was a salmon-orange-stained lifeboat—I was overwhelmed by the feeling that the boy in the boat was not waving and laughing at the person snapping the photo as much as he was frantically trying to get the attention of the man I am today. The boy was beckoning me to join him on a voyage through the harrowing straits of memory. He was gambling that if we survived the passage, we might discover an ocean where the past would become the wind at our back rather than a driving gale to the nose of our boat. This book is the record of that voyage.”

At the age of sixteen, Ian Morgan Cron was told by his mother that his father, a motion picture executive, also worked for the CIA in Europe. This astonishing revelation, coupled with his father’s dark struggles with alcoholism, upended the world of a boy struggling to become a man. Decades later, as he faces his own personal demons, Ian realizes the only way to find peace is to voyage back through a childhood marked by extremes—privilege and hardship, violence and tenderness, truth and deceit—that he’s spent years trying to forget.

In this surprisingly funny and forgiving memoir, Ian reminds us that no matter how different the pieces may be, in the end we are all cut from the same cloth, stitched by faith into an exquisite quilt of grace.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Sarabeth Jones | 2/9/2014

    " I absolutely loved this memoir - Ian Cron speaks so eloquently, so hauntingly of what it is to grow up abandoned by a father - and at the same time he is so dryly funny. Would definitely recommend. In fact, I've already handed it off to one friend and have told 3 others they need to read it next. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Pamelabyoung | 2/7/2014

    " Ian Morgan Cron is a masterful story teller. His writing style came across as if we were sharing life stories over a cup of coffee. Some parts were so hilarious that I read them aloud to my husband. When you read a book and can't wait to share a part of it with your loved ones, I think it qualifies as a good read. This is a book about learning to live a full life in spite of a difficult childhood, a story of the love and holiness of God, and the sacredness of sharing one's story, no matter how difficult it might have been. Perhaps because he learned to cope with tragedy in his life by using sarcasm and humor, the author's passive-aggressive nature rings true to this reader with similar coping skills. I am anxious to download his book about St. Francis, but it is not available on Kindle until May 7. I am definitely a fan. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by David Barry | 1/29/2014

    " Great book - such wonderful prose. Ian Cron is a gfted writer - he weaves humor and pathos and life together brilliantly. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Donovan | 12/30/2013

    " I loved this memoir. I'll come back and write more when I have time, but for now I will just say it was a wonderful memoir - extremely well written - very impactful. "

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