Book Review, Jesus, My Father, The CIA and Me... great title, better book.

Jesus, My Father, the CIA, and Me: A Memoir...of SortsJesus, My Father, the CIA, and Me: A Memoir...of Sorts by Ian Morgan Cron
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Loved this book! If you're looking for a book that is troubling, inspiring, challenging and hilarious all at the same time, this book is for you. Mr. Cron tells the tale of his life growing up with an alcoholic who worked for the CIA. It's the story of his families survival in the midst of their father's spiral into the depths of his disease. It is also the story of the author's own journey to faith through a combination of the sacred, the terrible and the mundane. He recounts this journey with a surprising amount of humor that makes the book incredibly hard to put down. I highly recommend this book!

Here are just a few quotes I liked from the book, there were many more but I don't want to spoil it for you:

Humans are the only creatures that require pageantry and ceremony in their social diet. (Ever met a squirrel that wanted a wedding?)

Cron, Ian Morgan (2011-06-07). Jesus, My Father, The CIA, and Me: A Memoir. . . of Sorts (Kindle Locations 591-592). Thomas Nelson. Kindle Edition.

Frederick Buechner once wrote, “The grace of God means something like: Here is your life. You might never have been, but you are because the party wouldn’t have been complete without you.”

Cron, Ian Morgan (2011-06-07). Jesus, My Father, The CIA, and Me: A Memoir. . . of Sorts (Kindle Locations 768-769). Thomas Nelson. Kindle Edition.

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A few observations from China

It's 5:24 pm in Hefei and 3:24am in Houston.  I'm super exhausted, having just awoke from a 2 hour nap. All the girls are still asleep. We're gonna try to wake them up in a few minutes and stay awake for 3 hours, then go to bed and see if we can get adjusted to the new time zone.  They are bringing Ava to our hotel room tomorrow, and she'll be with us permanently after that!  That should happen at roughly 9:30am tomorrow (7:30pm in Houston).

A few funny things I've noticed since we've been here (the past 24 hours).

1. If you are a male, from China, and are in a public restroom, you WILL walk into the bathroom and the first

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Book Review: Why Men Hate Going To Church

Why Men Hate Going to ChurchWhy Men Hate Going to Church by David Murrow
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book is awesome. This dude nails it, and he had the data to prove his points. I would encourage every Christian to read this book, and then begin to act on the truths and the hard realities contained within. This book isn't sexist, or misogynistic. It is true, funny, and well researched. The author was able to put words to many of the things that had been rumbling around in my head for years.

It sounds like it might be a negative book, but actually it's very upbeat, humorous and positive. He points out many problems with the church but he's careful to provide positive observations as well as upbeat, reasonable, doable solutions.

Literally, every pastor in America (and Europe) should read this.

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