Born Again and Again: Surprising Gifts of a Fundamentalist Childhood

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Paraclete Press, 2005 - Religion - 173 pages
"When I was five, I knelt with my father in the living room of our house to ask Jesus into my heart." So begins Jon Sweeney's spiritual memoir of his childhood experiences. Full of poignancy, humor, and surprise, Born Again and Again explores aspects of Christian fundamentalism not usually seen: the mysticism of God indwelling the body, religious certainty and its positive and negative effects, powerful experiences of worship, community, and trust, and most of all, the importance of struggling with matters of faith until they are truly one's own.

With a remarkable range of experiences - from Scofield Bibles to firsthand missionary work in Asia and from street witnessing to the tutelage of family and famous friends - Sweeney writes with warmth and affection for the faith he has left behind. And he offers wise reflections on those aspects of fundamentalism that all Christians can learn from.
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This is a rather attractive little book about the author's growing up in fundamentalist household in Wheaton, Ill. He takes you through the certainity of faith imparted to him by his family, some of ... Read full review


two angels in the trees
three medicine men
five if a tree falls in the woods
seven light from light
nine one
should have been too saved
twelve washing out washing out my ears
forteen knocking everywhere
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Jon M. Sweeney is an author, husband, and father of four. He has been interviewed on many television programs including CBS Saturday Morning, Fox News, and PBS's Religion and Ethics Newsweekly. His popular historynbsp;The Pope Who Quit: A True Medieval Tale of Mystery, Death, and Salvationnbsp;was optioned by HBO. He's the author of thirty-five other books, includingnbsp;The Complete Francis of Assisi,nbsp;When Saint Francis Saved the Church,nbsp;the winner of an award in history from the Catholic Press Association, andnbsp;The Enthusiast: How the Best Friend of Francis of Assisi Almost Destroyed What He Started.nbsp;Sweeney is also the author of The Pope's Cat series for children. He presents often at literary and religious conferences, and churches, writes regularly fornbsp;Americanbsp;in the US and The Tabletnbsp;in the UK, and is active on social media (Twitter @jonmsweeney; Facebook jonmsweeney).

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