Accidental Jesus Freak: One Woman's Journey from Fundamentalism to Freedom

Accidental Jesus Freak: One Woman's Journey from Fundamentalism to Freedom

by Amber Lea Starfire


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From the author of the award-winning memoir Not the Mother I Remember, comes an extraordinary story of love and faith and a unique window into the Jesus Movement in the 1970s.

In 1973, Linda was a flute player and music major at a California community college, until she met and fell madly in love with a charismatic piano player, plunging into his world of music-making and drug-fueled parties. When, just three weeks after their wedding, he reveals that he’s been “born again,” Linda makes the spontaneous decision to follow him into his new religion and, unwittingly, into a life of communal living, male domination, and magical thinking.

With unflinching candor, Amber Starfire chronicles her journey as Linda Carr into the evangelical church culture, where she gives up everything for her husband and their music ministry. But in the process, she loses her most valuable assets: her identity and sense of self-worth. It is only when Linda returns to live with her birth family and faces her complicated relationship with her mother that she finds new purpose and the courage to begin to extricating herself from the limiting beliefs of her past.

Accidental Jesus Freak is the story of one woman, one marriage, and one kind of fundamentalism, but it is also the story of the healing that is possible when we are true to ourselves. Both a cautionary tale and celebration of personal empowerment, Accidental Jesus Freak is a powerful reminder for anyone who seeks to live a life authentic to who they truly are.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780999444108
Publisher: MoonSkye Publishing
Publication date: 02/02/2018
Pages: 362
Sales rank: 919,173
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.81(d)

Table of Contents




Leaving Amsterdam



Becoming Ruth

The Double-Wide Church

Lincoln City


Northeast Weidler

Becoming a Mother

The Handy Shack

Brush Prairie

The Little Blue House

Marshall Street

Morgan Street


A Woman’s Place


Youth With a Mission

Cok Budget Hotel

Discipleship Training School



North Amsterdam

Turning Point


Starting Over

Grace Lutheran

Grove Avenue

Hamilton Avenue

Sifting Ashes


Becoming Myself


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