Today, as a part of Blogging for Books, I have the pleasure of reviewing Churched: One Kid's Journey Toward God Despite a Holy Mess by Matthew Paul Turner. I received a copy of the book from the publisher to review, but am under no obligation to review it in any particular light.
Editors' Note: OOPS! I forgot to change the publication date on this post and sent it out as soon as I typed it up! Today, you get a bonus book review a day early. Enjoy!
I am so happy to have taken the time to read Churched: One Kid's Journey Toward God Despite a Holy Mess. I wasn't sure what to expect when I first picked it up, but was very pleased with what I found when I opened it. Turner has taken a humorous and poignant look at his upbringing in a Fundamental Baptist church. With humor and grace, Turner points out the good, the bad and the ugly of growing up in that movement. While I didn't grow up in a Fundamental Baptist church, anyone who grew up in any church and identify with at least pieces of this story.
Turner's style is a similar sort of "everyday made hysterical" humor to the likes of Bill Bryson or Patrick McManus. He adds a touch of the ridiculous to a bit of exaggeration to "funny 'cuz it's true" and comes up with holy hilarity. While essay-style humor writing (ironically) is not my favorite to read, I am placing "Churched" on my list of favorite books. This book may just go on my list of books to keep a few copies around to give as gifts.
So, who would I recommend this book to? Anyone who has spent any amount of time in any church at all, but especially those who grew up in the church. It is a fast, funny read that has a really interesting and thoughtful wrap up. Will it go on the "keep" shelf or the "toss" pile? No question, KEEP. I'll be sure to pick this book up again sometime for a brain break, quick read. If I want to share it with someone, I'll likely buy them their own copy. It's that good. If you don't believe me, check out the first chapter HERE for free.