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Jesus, My Father, the CIA, and Me : A Memoir...of Sorts
by Ian Morgan Cron


Overview - "When I firstdiscovered the grainy picture in my mother's desk--me as a towheaded two yearold sitting in what I remember was a salmon-orange-stained lifeboat--I wasoverwhelmed by the feeling that the boy in the boat was not waving and laughingat the person snapping the photo as much as he was frantically trying to getthe attention of the man I am today.  Read more...

 
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Overview
"When I firstdiscovered the grainy picture in my mother's desk--me as a towheaded two yearold sitting in what I remember was a salmon-orange-stained lifeboat--I wasoverwhelmed by the feeling that the boy in the boat was not waving and laughingat the person snapping the photo as much as he was frantically trying to getthe attention of the man I am today. The boy was beckoning me to join him on avoyage through the harrowing straits of memory. He was gambling that if wesurvived the passage, we might discover an ocean where the past would becomethe wind at our back rather than a driving gale to the nose of our boat. Thisbook is the record of that voyage."

Whenhe was sixteen years old, Ian Morgan Cron was told about his father'sclandestine work with the CIA. Thisastonishing revelation, coupled with his father's dark struggles with chronicalcoholism and depression, upended the world of a boy struggling to become aman. Decades later, as he faces his ownpersonal demons, Ian realizes the only way to find peace is to voyage backthrough a painful childhood marked by extremes--privilege and poverty, violenceand tenderness, truth and deceit--that he's spent years trying to escape.

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

"Simultaneously redemptive and consoling with bright moments of humor . . . this story is chock-full of sacredness and hope. Cron is one of only a few spirituality authors who could articulate these themes as poignantly."

PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

"Ian Cron writes with astonishing energy and freshness; his metaphors stick fast in the imagination. This is neither a simple memoir of hurt endured, nor a tidy story of reconciliation and resolution. It is--rather like Augustine's Confessions--a testimony to the unfinished business of grace."

DR. ROWAN WILLIAMS, Archbishop of Canterbury

"Ian Cron has the gift of making his human journey a parable for all of our journeys. Read this profound book and be well fed, and freed."

FR. RICHARD ROHR, O.F.M., author of Everything Belongs

"Ian Morgan Cron is a brilliant writer. This is the kind of book that you don't just read. It reads you."

MARK BATTERSON, author of In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day


 
Details
  • ISBN-13: 9780849946103
  • ISBN-10: 0849946107
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson Publishers
  • Publish Date: June 2011
  • Page Count: 257
  • Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.4 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.55 pounds


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Books > Biography & Autobiography > Religious
Books > Biography & Autobiography > Personal Memoirs

 
Publishers Weekly Reviews

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2011-04-11
  • Reviewer: Staff

For good and ill, parents shape their children's lives in several ways. For decades, Episcopal priest Cron (Chasing Francis: A Pilgrim's Tale) bore the scars of having grown up with an emotionally distant alcoholic father. His story is heartbreaking and brutal, but simultaneously redemptive and consoling with bright moments of humor. An agent for the CIA, Cron's father was an enigma to his family and lacked the resources, financial and psychological, to take care of them. When he slides deeper into depression and alcoholism, Cron's heroic mother struggles to support the family, leaving Cron in the care of a warm and nurturing nanny. Their relationship is touching, but also serves to highlight the dysfunction in this family. Cron eventually succumbs to alcoholism, too, and spends years denying the problem until a trusted therapist challenges him to face it. The author finds the courage to release the repressed inner pain that he had been self-medicating through booze, and begins a slow healing process. While there are not many overtly religious passages, this story is chock-full of sacredness and hope. Cron is one of only a few contemporary spirituality authors who could articulate these themes as poignantly. (June 2)

 
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