The compelling, disarmingly honest, and sometimes uproariously funny true story of a "preacher boy," who was the 3rd of 12 children in a Pentecostal preacher's home.
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I read this book out of curiosity because I have Pentecostal friends. I was so caught up in the story that I could hardly put the book down. In fact, I read it twice in a week. The book opens the door to an amazing world and is highly entertaining. I expected 'Growing Up Pentecostal' to either try to convince the reader of the merits of the Pentecostal faith or to be an expose showing the shortcomings of Pentecostalism. It did neither. Instead, it is a brilliantly written 'coming of age' story which sometimes had me laughing and at other times close to tears. Mr. Conn tells his story with an almost brutal honesty which I found refreshing. He does not preach or try to persuade in this book. He simply shares an amazing tale that captured my attention on the first page and held it to the very end.
After having lived in Cleveland, Tennesee for a total of ten years (and knowing some of the same people that Conn has mentioned in this book), I can fully relate to many of the places the author has so vividly described. J Stephen Conn gives us the heartwarming, honest, and tranparent portrait of a family deeply in love with God, with each other, and with those around them. His growing up years with all the accompanying antics as well as those precious tender moments of spiritual awakening and reality make this a terrific volume. I have laughed out loud on more than one occasion (I've read it over and over again already), and have rejoiced in the many triumphs of the Conn clan--even though these events are many decades removed now. Conn reminds us of those simpler days, and how precious are his memories of those long-forgotten times.