FRANK SCHAEFFER is a New York Times best selling author of fiction and nonfiction. Frank%u2019s highly acclaimed novels include Portofino, Zermatt and Saving Grandma and have been translated into nine languages. His nonfiction includes Crazy For God and Keeping Faith. Frank is a frequent commentator on MSNBC and a blogger on the Huffington Post. Frank is a survivor of polio and an evangelical/fundamentalist childhood, an artist and acclaimed writer who overcame dyslexia, a home-schooled and self-taught documentary movie director, and a feature film director and producer -- of four low budget Hollywood features Frank has described as "pretty terrible." Frank lives near Boston with his wife Genie. They have three children and four grandchildren.
And God Said, "Billy!": A Novelby Frank Schaeffer
From the New York Times bestselling author of Crazy For God...
"And God Said 'Billy!' is laugh-out loud funny from page one. It's downright insightful
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"Schaeffer's gifts as a novelist are more than comic his writing has a deeper river flowing through it, one that is sensual and full of true grace." -- Andre Dubus III author of House of Sand and Fog
From the New York Times bestselling author of Crazy For God...
"And God Said 'Billy!' is laugh-out loud funny from page one. It's downright insightful throughout and takes readers deep into the shallow psyche of a sincere Charismatic-Evangelical whose God fails him. That failure turns out, through a hilarious series of tragic-comic reversals, to be - let's just say something close to miraculous. I love this novel." -- Brian D. McLaren, author/speaker/blogger
"Honest, humorous and sure to rankle those who believe that being human means being certain." -- Kevin Miller director of "Hellbound?" the movie
“When the family business is religion, it is especially perilous. To millions of evangelical Christians, the Schaeffer name is royal, and Frank Schaeffer is the reluctant, wayward, traitorous prince. His crime... is turning his back on Christian conservatives.” The New York Times
"Frank Schaeffer exposes the insanity and the corruption of what has become a powerful and frightening force in American politics... As someone who has made redemption his work, he has, in fact, shown amazing grace.”-- Jane Smiley Pulitzer Prize winner and author of A Thousand Acres
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And God Said, "Billy!" is a darkly comic coming-of-age story written by the master story teller that author Andre Dubus III hailed as the funniest American writer since Mark Twain. The story is set in the 1980s and is about Billy, a young fundamentalist Christian who feels called to go to Hollywood to make "God's movie." But everything goes off the rails when he accepts a job to direct a soft-porn slasher/exploitation film in apartheid-era South Africa. He makes this "It's a deal not a movie" picture even though he has to bust the US entertainment industry's anti-apartheid sanctions in hopes his "worldly movie" will be "used by God" as a "stepping stone" to making his own divinely sanctioned "End Times" picture. Billy loses his fundamentalist faith, his film career, his family and more but he finds a strange kind of peace in a most unexpected place...
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First things first: This book loses a star because of bad editing. The lack of quality editing leaves Schaeffer's prose contrived in some areas, with abrupt transitions that could lead a reader to wonder if "And God Said, "Billy!" is actually two stories published as one book. I'm inclined to suggest that Mr. Schaeffer retract the book, hand it over to a good editor, and re-release it after revision. Now onto the rest: This *is* one story, and one book, but Frank Schaffer is a trickster, taking his readers one way and then the next. It begins with a narrator whose brain has been taken over by American evangelical/charismatic doublespeak. While readers might find this initially amusing or annoying, we eventually begin to see that Billy is deeply ill and that his lingo is perhaps the one thing holding him together. I won't give away too much of the plot, other than to say that despite his kleptomania and the religious buffering of his psyche, aspiring film-maker Billy almost manages some semblance of success, only to encounter an evil that nearly defeats him. Grace intervenes, though, and begins to restore him to sanity. A personal sidenote: 20+ years ago I was a college student, feminist and abortion-rights activist. Frank (or "Franky," as we knew him back then) was anti-abortion crusader and mouthpiece for the religious right. In my own mind, he became a mythical nemesis who irked me to no end. In fact, I strongly felt that he was an obnoxious little twerp who needed a good spanking. What I find interesting is that, over two decades later, Schaeffer managed to write something so uniquely nurturing to my mind and soul. Redemption *narratives* can be problematic for many reasons, but what Shaffer has managed to do with this novel is create a redemption *myth*, that, like most good myths, acts as a salve while pointing the way to further healing. And I am grateful.
Another thoroughly enjoyable read from Frank Schaeffer. With his cutting wit and a deep understanding of the inner workings of the evangelical mind - Frank manages to make us see the absurdity of literal fundamentalist teachings while still respecting and leaving the door open to faith. Both enjoyable and moving.
Im a christian and i hate how the world is always hating on us! What did we ever do to everyone else? It confuses me so much why people are hateful towards us other than being jealous of our relationship wirh God. Its sad that people act impulsivly hateful because they cant have what we have. A loving God.
I couldn't get past the first few pages of this painful attempt at irreverent humor. I finally put it down to go and google the once-brilliant Franky Schaeffer and find out what happened to him that has made him so obviously bitter towards evangelical Christians. My search, of course, didn't really reveal to me the condition of his heart or his standing with God, but it did make clear that the author of this book is a troubled man. If you, like me, were looking for a humorous and honest look at evangelicalism, do yourself a favor and keep looking. This book has nothing to offer you. You might also say a prayer for Franky Schaeffer.