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Sex, Mom and God (Pre-Order My New Book)

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Sex, Mom, and God: How the Bible's Strange Take on Sex Led to Crazy Politics--and How I Learned to Love Women (and Jesus) Anyway [Hardcover]
Frank Schaeffer (Author)
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From the author of "Crazy for God and Patience with God", this is the third book in Frank Schaeffer's one-of-a-kind trilogy about God, religion, growing up evangelical - and living the life that came after. With laugh-out-loud scenes from his childhood and youth and acidic ruminations on the present state of an America he and his fundamentalist parents help create, Frank Schaeffer asks what the Becks and the Limbaughs and the Palins and the paranoid fantasies of the 'right-wing echo chamber' are really all about. Here's a hint: sex. The author's far-from-prudish evangelical mother sweetly but bizarrely provides startling (and hilarious) juxtapositions of the religious and the sensual during his childhood and youth. As the author himself explains: 'I'm a novelist and storyteller. So my way of telling the Big Story of what the religious right did to America is to fold it into the individual story of my life. I do this for two reasons: first, it's (I hope) entertaining and provides insight into the evangelical right-wing mindset. Second, it so happens that my father and mother (Francis and Edith Schaeffer) and I became leaders in the far religious-right movement and so had a big impact on America. My story is a window into millions of similar lives but also the (somewhat scandalous and controversial) story of one life and family that touched millions of others. 'Dip into my life and learn why certain folks have a perpetual chip on their shoulder over imagined grievances to the point where they hate their (own democratically) elected government and-curiously, in the name of 'patriotism' - are thoroughly anti-American. Hang out with the Schaeffer clan for a bit and discover why the religious right is rooting for the Apocalypse while also regarding themselves as victims of the liberal elite and all the while mired in perpetual sexual dysfunction and weirdness that creates a self-loathing culture that lashes out at the rest of us. And they do it all in the Name of Jesus.
About the Author
Frank Schaeffer is the author of the New York Times bestseller Keeping Faith and the memoir Crazy for God. His novels, including Portofino, have been translated into nine languages. He has appeared on numerous television and radio shows, including The Oprah Winfrey Show and NPR's Fresh Air, and is a regular contributor to the Huffington Post and AlterNet. He and his wife, Genie, live in Massachusetts and have three children.
Product Details
Hardcover: 320 pages
Publisher: Da Capo Press (May 31, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0306819287
ISBN-13: 978-0306819285
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David R. Gillespie said...

Frank, I'm gonna buy it if for no other reason than the title! :) In all seriousness, I'm really looking forward to reading it.

Frank Schaeffer said...

David Thanks! Best, F

equestrian57 said...

On order!

Morrison said...

A man who makes a career out of bashing mama is a real PUSSY! LOL!

Michael Camp said...

Sounds terrific, Frank! You keep beating me to the punch. Your title sounds like my chapter on sex, called The Sex God, on the confusing messages about sex in the Bible and the evangelical twisting of passages to create a legalistic view on sexuality. Looking forward to reading your newest clever, amusing account.

Luke Gillespie said...

Looking forward to your new book, Frank. I just pre-ordered it.

@ Michael, I appreciate your comment and blog posts (I should post a comment there).

Have you and Frank read the new book by Sarah Ruden (research fellow at Yale Divinity School) called PAUL AMONG THE PEOPLE ( Her research seems to support what both of you are saying and demonstrates how misleading, at best, it can be to read biblical passages out of their historical and cultural contexts. Best, Luke

Cheyanne (Shy Ann) said...

As always, your titles of your books are always catchy and this one is no exception.

I think what scary about the "Holy Rollers" you describe in your books is that anything that is perceived to be about anything remotely "down there" (please don't make me define "Down There" ) it is of the devil. With that said, once you have had "down there" stuff you're pretty much screwed by their standards. Nobody's perfect, like Jesus (did he have carnal knowledge?) or the Virgin Mary that's how these koo koo's thinks that's how they are. They use "down there" stuff to convict people, even if the conviction is all in their minds the same way the true satan and devil worshippers use "down there" stuff to convict people. It's a trap and it sounds like you figured that out a long time ago and have written book after book about these Holy Rolling Koo Koo for Crist-ees