Just as We Were: A Nostalgic Look at Growing up Born Again

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Just As We Were takes a nostalgic, humorous, and affectionate look at church life in America in the 1950s, '60s, and '70s. This tongue-in-cheek book will send you back in time with fun-loving reminders of what it was like to grow up "born again."
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Overview

Just As We Were takes a nostalgic, humorous, and affectionate look at church life in America in the 1950s, '60s, and '70s. This tongue-in-cheek book will send you back in time with fun-loving reminders of what it was like to grow up "born again."
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If born-again baby boomers were to put on one big family slide show about growing up in the evangelicalism of the 1950s, it would look quite a bit like this book. From missionary prayer cards to vacation Bible school craft projects, much of the appeal of this gently humorous volume comes from its impressive collection of artifacts of popular religion. The short chapters (The B-I-B-L-E, If You're Saved and You Know It) distill middle America's conservative religious heritage in the artless and candid voice of a child growing up among a self-consciously peculiar people. The five authors all born between 1949 and 1953 apply a smidgen of adult critique to their childhood faith, but, as the subtitle says, nostalgia is the order of the day. Readers who share the authors' religious background will surely chuckle, or groan, at depictions of covered-dish suppers, summer camp and Sunday School attendance medals. Some may wonder how the authors emerged merely nostalgic, and otherwise unscathed, from the world of flannelgraphs and Pat Boone, with that world's strict codes that prohibited everything from smoking to square dancing. Much of the humor here comes from the authors' knowing winks at the peculiarities of their upbringing, but their affection for evangelicalism makes this book, as evangelicals themselves would say, thoroughly edifying. (Mar.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780800758394
  • Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 3/1/2003
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 8.02 (h) x 0.53 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 6
The Family of God: Do you live in a born again home? Learn to spot the born again family and other telltale signs 9
The Bible: How you can identify the right version of the Bible, memorize its books, and excel at the sword drill 27
Am I a Soldier of the Cross?: Take the Growing Up Born Again Self-Inventory to see if you can identify your "life verse," "the Fall," and the denominational founder mentioned in the Bible 43
If Your're Saved and You Know It: What every Christian wants to know about unquestionably sinful and semi-approved activities 53
Faith of Our Fathers: Keep your Sunday School attendance streak going, hear inspiring testimonies of prayer meetings and missionary conferences, and celebrate at the potluck fellowship with Jell-O and hot dish of your choice (tuna noodle casserole, anyone?) 107
The Church's One Foundation: Communion Sunday, baptism, avoiding the world, charting the end times, and other things born-againers do best 157
There's Within My Heart a Melody: Are there lingering signs you grew up born again? Take this Semifinal Judgment quiz! 185
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 8, 2003

    I Laughed, I Cried, I Was HEE-ALED, Amen!

    This book hits the bullseye! From the pop quizzes about the Bible to the potluck supper recipe for Red Jello With Fruit and Marshmallows, I enjoyed every page (and winced at a few memories). If you grew up in a Born Again household, I recommend this book completely... it's like they were eavesdropping on my childhood! The authors do an excellent job of getting their message across without being preachy, condescending, or sarcastic.

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