Living With Fred

Living With Fred

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by Brad Whittington
     
 

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Mark Cloud is back in Fred, Texas but Fred is not the same. The town drunk has got religion. One of Mark's classmates has started spitting out scriptures like a gumball machine. But more drastic things are in store for this small East Texas town. And for Mark.Once again a forgotten book buried on a dusty library shelf incites revolution. Mark begins to ask

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Mark Cloud is back in Fred, Texas but Fred is not the same. The town drunk has got religion. One of Mark's classmates has started spitting out scriptures like a gumball machine. But more drastic things are in store for this small East Texas town. And for Mark.Once again a forgotten book buried on a dusty library shelf incites revolution. Mark begins to ask troublesome questions. Mark begins a pilgrimage that challenges the open-mindedness of his father and the forbearance of the deacons. As his answers lead him further down the path of least expectance, he ultimately finds himself facing the fear that haunts every PK: I could cost my dad his job. Mark must choose between remaining faithful to his understanding of the gospel or appeasing the prejudices of those with the power to make his family pay for his decisions.

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Publishers Weekly
In this sequel to the Christy Award-winning Welcome to Fred, Whittington improves on his earlier novel with a more cohesive, confidently written story set in the early 1970s, in which 16-year-old preacher's kid Mark Cloud finds a book in his church library that asks the now clich d but then fresh question, "What would Jesus do?" From that point on, via Mark's first-person narration, Whittington entertainingly and poignantly takes readers on a tour of Mark's last two years of high school. During that time, Mark and several other residents of the titular East Texas town attempt, in their own difficult situations, to do what they believe Jesus would do. Parker Walker, for example, whose alcoholism and abusiveness led to unspeakable tragedy in the first Fred novel, endeavors to emulate Jesus in a desperate search for redemption. Vernon Crowley, an alcoholic and a bootlegger, does as he believes Jesus would do when he stands trial for a murder he did not commit. And Mark, the enormously appealing, literate, self-deprecating young hero, also makes his own repeated attempts to be Christlike, often in situations that are simultaneously humorous and deadly. Whittington does an impressive job of focusing the novel thematically while letting its plot meander delightfully, and in doing so paints a satisfying, authentic portrait of late adolescence. (Jan.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780805431582
Publisher:
B&H Publishing Group
Publication date:
01/15/2005
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.69(d)

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Living with Fred 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
nutsforgoodbooks More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved this book. The characters are over-the-top and yet so REAL! How does he do that? Literary and hilarious and thought-provoking and just plain fun. And I despise the 1970's . . . I highly recommend the Fred books. Why are so many of the best writers now going indie? I don't know, but I will keep buying. This series is a treasure amid all the so-so stuff being published out there.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
All Brad Whittington's books are very good. You can picture in your head the things he is talking about. He has a good sense of humor. And he seems knowledgeable about the subject matter of each book.