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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: June 2011 ISBN: 9781608148684
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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 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 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 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 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christel | 12/18/2013

    " Very interesting memoir. I like his writing style, and his story is full of intriguing vignettes. Not quite what I expected (but then again, I'm not sure that I expected anything), but great! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathy | 11/16/2013

    " Best book I read in 2012! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer Bonds | 4/10/2013

    " Ian is a great story teller with a good story to tell. Really enjoyed this book. Laughed and cried. :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah Wilcher | 3/15/2013

    " It was fabulous. I will be recommending this often and enthusiastically. Cron writes and I laugh and cry and remember my life and my feelings as well. This book is a gift. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jill Porter | 3/10/2013

    " this is a grat bbook for someone who has gone through family disfunction. I really enjoyed it. enjoyed is not the right word. it moved like Donald Miller does. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erin | 10/26/2012

    " I give the story 5 stars, and the writing 3 (a few too many metaphors for me). I highly recommend it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Roger | 9/9/2012

    " Interesting topic, well developed. A coming of age type book with a different slant. Mix of memories of the 50's in white collar America, growing up in a dysfunctional family with a strong faith base. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Becca | 9/3/2012

    " One of the best memoirs I've read in a long time. I absolutely loved this. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 John | 5/7/2012

    " I was a bit disappointed. All this hype for the book and it really just wasn't that edible in my opinion. I thought it was interesting but not very well written and almost lacking in purpose and structure to the point of losing me... and I'm the type that can't get enough stream of conscious JOYCE. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Deb Bridges | 3/8/2012

    " Ian Cron, please write some more!!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeff | 11/15/2011

    " Loved this book. A story of a boy who never received the love of his dad but grew up to understand the real, powerful love of his Heavenly Father. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Wendy | 9/9/2011

    " Superb memoir. Cron had me in tears at least once a chapter. A profound book, with redemption at it's core. Cron is funny, whimsical and illuminating all at the same time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erin | 6/10/2011

    " I give the story 5 stars, and the writing 3 (a few too many metaphors for me). I highly recommend it. "

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About the Author
Author Ian Morgan Cron

Ian Morgan Cron is an author and nationally recognized speaker. His spiritual memoir Jesus, My Father, the CIA, and Me: A Memoir...of Sorts was a Wall Street Journal bestseller and a featured title in the Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers program. He lives in Tennessee with his wife, and three children.