Born Again and Again: Surprising Gifts of a Fundamentalist Childhood

Jon M. Sweeney, Author . Paraclete $19.95 (173p) ISBN 978-1-55725-431-3

It is refreshing to read a book by an ex-fundamentalist who is not bitter. Sweeney, associate publisher of Paraclete Press, writes fondly of his parents' faith with its emphasis on personal experience, scripture, right doctrine, mission and the power of words. Even in religiously charged Wheaton, Ill., he must have been an unusually devout youngster. "Sunday afternoons I would close my door and strip my action figures naked, leaving Batman, Aquaman, and G.I. Joe to hang on crosses of my own design, easy to create with Lincoln Logs.... I would sit quietly gazing at them, thinking on Jesus and his sacrifice, praying with as deep a sorrow as I could muster." In his teens, experiencing other cultures and other approaches to God, the budding mystic felt at odds with fundamentalism's certainties; by his mid-20s he no longer identified with his childhood subculture. And yet he still acknowledges its "surprising gifts": "Fundamentalism taught me that it is possible to stir the soul, to rouse our affections, conscience, emotions, will, and intellect by an earnest approach to matters of faith." Fundamentalists and those who love them will appreciate Sweeney's abiding affection for the faith he left, while those who fear the religious right may be relieved to discover that it has a gentle side. (Sept.)

Reviewed on: 06/27/2005
Release date: 09/01/2005
X
Stay ahead with
Tip Sheet!
Free newsletter: the hottest new books, features and more
X
Only $18.95/month for Digital Access
or $20.95 for Print+Digital Access!
X
Only $18.95/month for Digital Access
or $20.95 for Print+Digital Access!
X
Email Address

Password

Log In Lost Password

PW has integrated its print and digital subscriptions, offering exciting new benefits to subscribers, who are now entitled to both the print edition and the digital editions of PW (online or via our app). For instructions on how to set up your accout for digital access, click here. For more information, click here.

The part of the site you are trying to access is now available to subscribers only. Subscribers: to set up your digital subscription with the new system (if you have not done so already), click here. To subscribe, click here.

Email pw@pubservice.com with questions.

Not Registered? Click here.