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Author: Frank Schaeffer Narrator: Frank Schaeffer Publisher: Recorded Books: Gildan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2011 ISBN: 9781596596443
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“Mom was a much nicer person than her God. There are many biblical regulations about everything from beard-trimming to menstruating. Mom worked diligently to recast her personal-hygiene-obsessed God in the best light.” Alternating between laugh-out-loud scenes from his childhood and acidic ruminations on the present state of an America he and his famous fundamentalist parents helped create, bestselling author Frank Schaeffer asks what the Glenn Becks and the Rush Limbaughs and the paranoid fantasies of the “right-wing echo chamber” are really all about. Here’s a hint: sex. The unforgettable central character in Sex, Mom, and God is the author’s far-from-prudish evangelical mother, Edith, who sweetly but bizarrely provides startling juxtapositions of the religious and the sensual thoughout Schaeffer’s childhood. She was, says Frank Schaeffer, “the greatest illustration of the Divine beauty of Paradox I’ve encountered … a fundamentalist living a double life as a lover of beauty who broke all her own judgmental rules in favor of creativity.” Charlotte Gordon, the award-winning author of Mistress Bradstreet, calls Sex, Mom, and God “a tour de force . . . Sarah Palin, ‘The Family,’ Anne Hutchinson, adultery, abortion, homophobia, Uganda, Ronald Reagan, B. B. King, Billy Graham, Hugh Hefner—it’s all here. This is the kind of book I did not want to end.” Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • “To millions of evangelical Christians, the Schaeffer name is royal, and Frank is the reluctant, wayward, traitorous prince.”

    New York Times

  • “[Schaeffer’s] memoirs have a way of winning a reader’s friendship…Schaeffer is a good memoirist, smart and often laugh-out-loud funny…Frank seems to have been born irreverent, but his memoirs have a serious purpose, and that is to expose the insanity and the corruption of what has become a powerful and frightening force in American politics…Frank has been straightforward and entertaining in his campaign to right the political wrongs he regrets committing in the 1970s and ’80s…As someone who has made redemption his work, he has, in fact, shown amazing grace.”

    Washington Post

  • “Well worth reading, highly entertaining, and very informative about the recent history of American evangelicalism. It will appeal to readers interested in the world today, memoir, or religion.”

    Library Journal

  • “[A] startlingly honest work, which is part memoir and part religious history…Intriguing fare.”


  • “Intelligent and easy to read; it transitions smoothly back and forth between story-telling and point-making prose…In his portrayal of Edith Schaeffer, Frank is able to call out the nuttiness of the religious right and to humanize conservative and Evangelical Christians in the same narrative. It is the deft work of a talented writer practicing his craft…It is a bit of wisdom our entire nation—hell, the whole world—needs to hear.”

    Huffington Post

  • “[Schaeffer’s] stories aren’t just interesting, they’re also well told…[He] serves up an intriguing combination that’s part sexual memoir and part exposé of religious right extremism. It’s a strange combination to be sure, but in the hands of a gifted wordsmith like Schaeffer it works.”

    The Humanist

  • “The book shines in sections centered on Edith, a ‘life-embracing free spirit’…A consummate memoirist, Schaeffer fills the narrative with interesting anecdotes…The sage conversation on a New York–bound bus with a distraught Asian girl is warmly resonant and a befitting conclusion to…[a] book of ruminations, memories and frustrated opinion.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Intriguing…[Schaeffer’s] privileged view of the Christian right’s sexual weirdness makes his account particularly interesting, and helps explain why the aggressively pious so frequently destroy themselves with sex scandals.”

    Daily Beast

  • “Braids the rise of the religious right with Schaeffer’s development as an evangelist and antiabortion activist…Recommended for history, religion, or political buffs who enjoy a dash of tender reflection.”


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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Todd | 2/2/2014

    " This is an amazing book by an amazing person (Frank Schaeffer). We need to study (and even make heroes of) those individuals who have the courage to change their minds. We have a ridiculous culture war raging on, both sides populated with people who could never admit to the slightest possibility they might be wrong about anything. Schaeffer is an insider from one side of the culture wars, and he describes his history, the history of the Christian Right in America, and his own "conversion." "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sjsackman1006 | 1/31/2014

    " Awesome book about the inside workings of a very interesting family and the Christian right. I definitely recommend this book. I haven't finished it yet but the transformation that Frank Schaeffer goes through from extreme right, predjudice, closed mindedness to acceptance is truly amazing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elizabeth | 1/2/2014

    " I am compiling my summer reading list, and this one's at the top. Though I vehemently disagree with FS politically, I adore his fiction and memoirs. They are gaspingly laugh-out-loud hilarious, especially if you share an evangelical background. His writing is Irreverent and true on a deep level. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 12/26/2013

    " This was an interesting book. It gave me insight into the religous right and its "do as I say, not as I do" leaders. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Monica | 12/1/2013

    " As a former Catholic, I can sympathize with him getting away from his religious upbringing, but he still has enough of it to sound a little preachy. I did enjoy hearing how his mother could justify what the bible said with her own warped logic, although at times it was a little TMI. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ancient | 9/1/2013

    " Not terrible, but not entirely original. I sort of get the feeling that the author is coasting off of his past reputation and and past writing with this one as this reads like a somewhat recycled version of what's already in Crazy for God. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diana | 8/25/2013

    " Francis and Edith Schaeffer were role models to us in college. It's nice to know that Edith S. was a truly nice and good person all her life. Frank S., after an unusual childhood, has developed into an intelligent, thinking person with truly Christian views about life and politics. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Will | 8/22/2013

    " Interesting points on abortion and the link between church and big business. The author sounds like David Sedaris, making all his sex talks seem gayer then they ordinarily would have been. Maybe this adds to the experience? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lesley | 7/26/2013

    " very interesting book about growing up evangelical and how the whole abortion things started. After watching Franklin Graham yapping about who he believes is a Christian, I see that Frank Schaeffer is the sane one with his feet on the ground. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Thorn | 6/27/2013

    " Probably somewhere between a 3 and 4, but I liked his clear-eyed view of his time within the Religious Right. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rebekah | 6/18/2013

    " That was a lot of baggage for one short book. Learning quite a bit about people that influenced my parents in the 1980s and, ultimately, shaped my own upbringing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa | 6/11/2012

    " Really three and a half stars. I'm glad I'm in good company with my confussion. The conversations with mom are a riot, I laughed so hard. The end of the book gets a little preachy. But Magical Menstral Mummies is just priceless. "

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.