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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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