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In Fleeing Fundamentalism, Cross looks back at the life that led her to marry a charismatic young man who appeared destined for greatness as a minister ...
In Fleeing Fundamentalism, Cross looks back at the life that led her to marry a charismatic young man who appeared destined for greatness as a minister within the fundamentalist church. Their marriage, which began with great hope and promise, started to crumble when she realized that her husband had fallen victim to the same demons that had plagued his youth. When efforts to hold their family together failed, she left the church and the marriage, despite the condemnation of the congregation and the anger of many she had considered friends. Once outside, she realized that the secular world was not the seething cauldron of corruption and sin she had believed, and found herself questioning the underpinnings of the fundamentalist faith.
Here is an eloquent and compelling story of faith lost and regained. Certain to be controversial, it is also a brave and hopeful plea for greater tolerance and understanding.
Posted September 17, 2011
As a former fundamentalist, I am a bit suspicious of memoirs written by people who claim to have left fundamentalism behind! It's almost become a cliche: author grows up as a fundamentalist; author is oppressed and distressed by fundamentalists, and sets out to expose the nasty, judgmental, and hypocritical fundamentalists. The result is a bitter and angry polemic against fundamentalism that sheds much heat but little light. By contrast, Carlene Cross' book is a searingly honest but never bitter telling of her painful personal saga. She tells of growing up in her fundamentalist family, meeting her husband in Bible College, and then supporting him in his ministry as their marriage and church fell apart. For Cross, fleeing fundamentalism meant reaching out for a new understanding of faith and finding a new capacity for love and hope. I came away from reading her book with a deep appreciation for her honesty, her compassion for others -- and for her younger self -- and the humor and wisdom with which she confronted the difficulties of her past.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 18, 2013
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