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WaterBrook Press Churched: One Kid's Journey Toward God Despite a Holy Mess

Churched chronicles Matthew Paul Turner's experiences growing up in a fundamentalist Baptist church in the late 1970's, early 1980's. In a culture where men weren't allowed to let their hair grow to touch their ears, and women wouldn't be caught dead wearing pants (unless swimming), Turner regales the good, the bad, and the downright strange world he found himself in. However, despite the Sunday School Barbie burning and the terror rapture movies, Turner found a genuine faith in and love for Jesus. His humorous anecdotes may remind you of your own "churched" childhood, and the love of God that reaches in regardless of our holy mess.
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Review 1 for Churched: One Kid's Journey Toward God Despite a Holy Mess
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No redemption, a disappointment

Date:July 30, 2012
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Athalia
Location:Ontario, Canada
Age:25-34
Gender:female
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While I enjoyed the mocking humour with which he described his growing up in the church years, halfway through the book I was waiting for him to start chronicling how he "found a genuine faith in and love for Jesus", but he never did. The whole book is about the messed up religious world in which he grew up. The last chapter he write about how he found a church he liked finally, and that's it. Where is his journey to Jesus? I feel like there is a whole book missing right before the last chapter. Very, very disappointing.
If you are one of the over-churched, and were looking to find some hope, some relief and meaning in this book, you won't find it at all. A far better book to read would be "The Explicit Gospel" by Matt Chandler. Chandler certainly "gets" the over-churched and seeks to unravel the mess the religious mindset created in our church-saturated lives.
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Review 2 for Churched: One Kid's Journey Toward God Despite a Holy Mess
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Date:January 1, 2012
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pastor les
Location:Williamston,MI
Age:Over 65
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I was throughly disappointed with this book. I beleive that Turner was entirely too flippant in dealing with some Biblical situations.He was bordering on blasphemy in the treatment of some truley Biblical truths.
I understand that he had some experiences that were not good and that evidently he was discouraged by the behaviour of some spiritual leaders in his youth.It appears there was some severe legalism,which can be frustrating.I declare once again that I did not find his musings humorous.
I cannot recommend this book.
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Review 3 for Churched: One Kid's Journey Toward God Despite a Holy Mess
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Date:December 6, 2008
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Rick
Well-written story of growing up in the Christian ghetto of the 80s. I put it up there with John Fischer's SAINT BEN - except this one has the added weight of being real. Turner's memoir is funny, poignant, and spot on for capturing both the reality and the absurdity of what we do "in church".
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Review 4 for Churched: One Kid's Journey Toward God Despite a Holy Mess
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Date:November 25, 2008
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Hal
An entertaining, yet thought-provoking read.I read this book aloud to my wife over the course of about two weeks (she thinks it's funny when I do different voices). The great thing about the book is that it not only caused us both to laugh, but it was starting place for many substantive conversations between my wife and I. (Like the book's author, I too grew up in an independent fundamental baptist church.)Not since Donald Miller's "Blue Like Jazz" have we enjoyed reading a book together so much.
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Review 5 for Churched: One Kid's Journey Toward God Despite a Holy Mess
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Date:November 25, 2008
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Matt Hafer
Great read. MPT is one of our better Christian author's, even on par with that of a Rob Bell or Don Miller, but without the publicity. His experiences resinate with everyone that would read this book, whether a Christian or not. It is a warm hearted attempt at making sense out of the madness and one of the most humorous collections of the trials of growing up in a fundamentalist culture you will ever find. 100% recommend.
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Review 6 for Churched: One Kid's Journey Toward God Despite a Holy Mess
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Date:November 25, 2008
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Steve Murphy
What an incredible book! Anyone who has spent any amount of time in church (or several churches, as the case may be) will get a kick out of this great story! I say story because while this book would qualify as non-fiction, Mr. Turner has a brilliant style of writing that made me feel like I was watching a new season of the Wonder Years. Mr. Turner recaps an odd life journey where he started as a Methodist, transitioned into a Fundamental Baptist church, and ultimately landed at non-denominational Cross Point Church in Nashville, TN. I have no problem in recommending this book; first, just for sheer entertainment! There are countless times in this story where you will laugh out loud! Secondly, it will cause you to recap your own church journey and make you wonder how you survived any of it!
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