"Sweet-hearted, funny, and honest, Churched
had me reminiscing about the little boy searching for God that I once was..."
, writer/director of Lord, Save Us From Your Followers Churched
details an American boy's experiences growing up in a culture where men weren't allowed to let their hair grow to touch their ears ("an abomination "), women wouldn't have been caught dead in a pair of pants (unless swimming), and the pastor couldn't preach a sermon without a healthy dose of hellfire and brimstone.
In 1978, when Matthew Paul Turner was five, his family became sold-out members of an independent Baptist church, joining without any firsthand knowledge of Christian fundamentalism, only his parents' sincere desire to follow God. In Churched
, with wit and careful observation, he reveals the tenderness and grace that managed to seep through the cracks and a young man who, amidst the chaotic mess of religion, falls in love with Jesus.
is funny, poignant, and surprisingly moving."
, author of Take This Bread
"A memoirist who doesn't take himself or the world too seriously, but still writes profoundly and beautifully, Turner gave me a belly-laugh on almost every page."
, award-winning author of Quaker Summer
, Embrace Me
and Justice in the Burbs