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

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Proclaimed to be “of the devil” Churched is a collection of stories that detail an American boy’s experiences growing up in a culture where men weren’t allowed 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. I found this book pretty disappointing and to be honest if I'd realized at t

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He spent his childhood trapped within the confines of countless bizarre strict rules And lived to tell about itIn this first hand account author Matthew Paul Turner shares amusing–sometimes cringe worthy–and poignant stories about growing up in a fundamentalist household where even well intentioned contemporary Christian music was. I chose the book Churched by Matthew Paul Turner because it describes me too In the Temple of Wolves: A Winter& trapped within Learning Core Audio: A Hands-On Guide to Audio Programming for Mac and iOS the confines of countless bizarre strict rules And lived Dioclis Carystij Medici, AB Hippocrate Fam� Et �tate Secundi, Aurea Ad Antigonum Regem Epistola, de Morborum Pr�sagiis, Et Eorumdem Extemporaneis Remediis to Lifters tell about itIn Sylla this first hand account author Matthew Paul Turner shares amusing–sometimes cringe worthy–and poignant stories about growing up in a fundamentalist household where even well intentioned contemporary Christian music was. I chose The Mind and Heart of the Negotiator the book Churched by Matthew Paul Turner because it describes me Kestrels, Quirky Birds, and Hopeless Egocentricity too

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A sermon without a healthy dose of hellfire and brimstone Matthew grapples with the absurdity of a Sunday School Barbie burning the passionate annual boxing match between the pastor and Satan and the holiness of being baptized a fifth time–while growing into a young man who amidst the chaotic mess of religion falls in love with Jes. First let me just say that I’m not a person who normally reads memoirs So The Cortlandt Boys the absurdity of a Sunday School Barbie burning In the Temple of Wolves: A Winter& the passionate annual boxing match between Learning Core Audio: A Hands-On Guide to Audio Programming for Mac and iOS the pastor and Satan and Dioclis Carystij Medici, AB Hippocrate Fam� Et �tate Secundi, Aurea Ad Antigonum Regem Epistola, de Morborum Pr�sagiis, Et Eorumdem Extemporaneis Remediis the holiness of being baptized a fifth Lifters time–while growing into a young man who amidst Sylla the chaotic mess of religion falls in love with Jes. First let me just say The Mind and Heart of the Negotiator that I’m not a person who normally reads memoirs So


10 thoughts on “Churched One Kid's Journey Toward God Despite a Holy Mess

  1. says:

    I just saw this book on SM booksale last week and I was enticed to buy and read this one because it describes a lot of things i have been confusing The author put his view and experience in a hilarious yet poignant way The author describes some eye opening and thought provoking experiences that exposes many of the 'Toxic' religious teachings confusion and manipulation emphasizing some sort of works based “salvation” instead of faith In the end I felt uite disappointed because the description of this book is a bit misleading It says that the author amidst the chaotic mess of religion falls in love with Jesus Unfortunately I really didn't see a love for Jesus anywhere in this book I expected that this book would be a bit serious and not just a bunch of funny stories about growing up in a fundamentalist and conservative church It doesn't seem like the author really had a breakthrough in his relationship with God rather he seems to have come to the conclusion that organized religion isn't really for him Honestly I wanted to know about how his struggle to find God amidst the chaotic mess of his upbringing but he has been burned by the church and while he still calls himself a Christian I feel his pain and lack of trust have caused him to not look much deeper into what he believes still basing his view of God on a shallow understanding based on what makes him comfortable From his writing I cannot detect any hint of theological study into who God is and what the purpose of church is There is no clear conclusion in this book just a man who is tormented by his legalistic upbringing Instead of digging deep into his faith he just hangs around the ground and not been much cultivated


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    I chose the book Churched by Matthew Paul Turner because it describes me too Having also gone to church my whole life and on top of that Christian school I wondered if I would be able to relate to one kid's journey toward God despite a holy mess as the subtitle reads Turner grew up in Fundamental Baptist culture in Maryland This means according to the book that from the time he was young he was terrified of hell having long hair and sinners I was expecting a pretty funny book but I think that this book as one reviewer says uses humor to keep people from cryingTurner's misshapen view of God and the church can largely be accredited to his upbringing On that note I think this book offers us two important lessonsThe first has to do with parenting It is important to understand that a parent needs to be careful about the theology they put in front of their children as well as what is actually emphasized through actions Turner describes being terrified at asking Jesus to come into his heart His parents and his church also emphasized perfection in strange unbiblical ways At one point his father took him to a barber shop because Jesus hated little boys with long hair Through the whole book we see the parents making their children follow rules with no explanation in order for them to be better little baptist boys and girls We see Turner as a terrified and confused child afraid of not meeting expectations and confused about Jesus As parents not that I am one but are we emphasizing following Christ and loving others out of his love for us? Or are we emphasizing some sort of works based salvationThe second lesson is applicable to how we handle our churches He speaks of the church he grew up in Most people thought that Pastor Nolan was perfectas if God had made him without flaws And that confessing sin was unheard of Turner says that at one point as a young adult living in a Christian community he was led to wonder if he was just living a Stepford type reality And that grace was simply a foot note in all of the sermons he had ever heard As Christians living in community it is easy to want to hide our sin and judge others for theirs But one of the glorious things about God is that he has forgiven us and that is we accept that Jesus took the punishment we are due nothing will separate us from God There is no condemnation for those that know Christ And the Bible calls us to confess our sin to one another as that is what the church is a bunch sinners thankful to a mighty God nothing At the end of the book I am sad for Turner He has been burned by the church and while he still calls himself a Christian I feel his pain and lack of trust have caused him to not look much deeper into what he believes still basing his view of God on a shallow understanding based on what makes him comfortable From his writing I cannot detect any hint of theological study into who God is and what the purpose of church is There is no happy ending just a man who is tormented by his legalistic upbringing Instead of swinging to middle ground has simply swung to the opposite bankI am also thankful that my churched upbringing was far from his I was taught both the depravity of myself AND the richness of the gospel Do I recommend this book? Only if you desire a sad tale of Christianity poorly understood and lived out “I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review”httpwwwalissamgrahamcom201101


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    Some of the book jacket blurbs compared Matthew Paul Turner to Anne Lamott He has a similar voice and subject matter sure but they're not really in the same league Still this book made me laugh and cringe all at once The title is misleading though It's really stories from Turner's childhood in a fundamental Baptist church and not how he journeyed toward God in spite of it The last chapter gives some insight into his feelings about church and God as an adult but he really should have reserved this title for another book about what happened to him after he left home and had to figure out Christianity on his own terms


  4. says:

    I found this book pretty disappointing and to be honest if I'd realized at the start that it was from a Christian publisher I never would have bothered That justdoes not imply high uality But it is also a sign that I am really not the audience for this I'm not a Christian I was raised in the sort of church environment that the author was and am interested in reading about that but I guess I wanted something critical The annecdotes were also not particularly amusing and the authorial voice annoyed me


  5. says:

    This book made me sadeven a little mad Well a lot mad I am a former Fundamentalist Baptist from age three through my early 20s I was fully ensconced in the fundamentalist movement And yet I am a ok I still love Jesus although I'm familiar with His grace than His judgment as in the first 20ish years of my life I grew up in a large F B church located in the midwest I attended the Christian school attached to the F B church 3 yo preschool through 12th grade I followed that with an almost 2 year stint at a very large fundamental university located in the south Hence I am pretty familiar with fundamentalist doctrinespracticesetc I was excited to read this book because I thought it was a humorous look at a child's take on fundamentalism I was wrong Oh it was humorous for about the first chapter or soand then it just got mean Spiteful is probably a better word Are fundamentalists legalistic? Absolutely Rules are at the core But to say that fundamentalism has nothing to do with Jesus is just wrong In an effort to be uippy and funny the author comes across as sacrilegious Do the fundamentalists talk a lot about hell and punishment and judgment? Oh yes I am still afraid 20 years later But not once did I have a Sunday School teacher make us pretend to be in hell I'm still not uite sure what exactly is wrong with having a birthday cake for Jesus on the day that is set aside to celebrate his birth This is not a fundamentalist thing It's a follower of Jesus thing Does fundamentalism mess people up? Definitely I've witnessed it firsthand But there are many people who come out just fine and this book really does nothing than to give people ammunition to attack other evangelicals who are lumped in with fundamentalists An evangelical is NOT a fundamentalist I am embarrassed that I actually recommended this book to a few people before I read it all the way through this was when I read what the jacket and the first chapter or two If I had stopped reading about 34 of the way through as I considered I would have come away thinking that the author was driven to atheism by the fundamentalist mafia in charge of his church The bottom line is that I think the author's experiences are just that his experiences exaggerated a bit maybe?? and definitely not mainstream fundamentalism if there is such a thing I'm not saying that fundamentalism is good I don't think it is But I found the book overwhelmingly harsh I mentioned this bookauthor to my friend Rob a former fundamentalist who is now a pastor in Georgia He loves to read a wide variety of books so I mentioned that I was going to read this one His response was something to the effect of he usually avoids these types of books because they tend to throw the baby out with the bathwater Rob you are absolutely right


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    Do you want to know a secret?I found a place where you can get some cool audio books for FREE yes they are legal The site is called ChristianAudiocom and it is a cool website that while they normally sell their products gives away a free audio book each monthIt is thru one of these promotions that I found Matthew Paul Turner’s book “Churched One kids’s Journey Toward God Despite a Holy Mess” hmmI should probably tell you that you can still download it for freeLiking the price who wouldn’t? and knowing that a good friend of mine really really enjoyed MPT’s books MPT Matthew Paul Turner; I decide to give it a listenSo I didas you have probably already guessedSadly enough I did not understand or really enjoy the book which is odd see how I just recommended that you to go download itAllow me to unpack this jumbled mess MPT grew up in a Christian fundamentalist household in which the primary focus was on looking and acting good so that everyone thought you were a good ‘Christian’ The church he grew up in focused on this so much they actually had all the males in the church get the same hair cut short on the top tapered on the sides – just like Jesus and pastor was known to let loose with the hellfire and brimstone most weeksAt one point in MPT’s early life his Sunday school teacher burned a Barbie doll in front of the class to emphasis the need for them to repeat and be ‘saved’ unfortunately the teacher forgot that burning things in a closed room hadummother repercussionsTo my relief I did not grow up in such a church Thank you dad and mom so I really can not relate to MPT's stories To me 95% of his story is just plain nuts – I mean who in their right mind burns a Barbie doll as an illustrated lesson or thinks that Jesus a 1st century Jewish guy went to a barber every week Hello? Scissors were not even invented until 1760 ADSigh ?But as a good friend’s book reviewed showed there are a lot of people out there who grew up in a similar church as MPT – and it is to those people that I recommend reading “Churched” as I hope that it will help you laugh through that nutty fundamentalist background for all it oddness it is a funny book – if not cringe worthyOh and in case you are wondering MPT is not picking on or lasing out at folks – his stories do have a point A good point in fact One about following Jesus instead of trying to create a nice little box were everything is black or while So yes I am recommending because some of you may need to laugh your way to healing hmmis that a trademarked phrase?


  7. says:

    often humorousbut mostly sacrilegious stories told through the eyes of a child growing up in an external legalistic off base extreme fundamentalist church Not at all representative of all who are historic fundamentalists Stories like these make me wish there was another word that would separate whatever this book describesbecause I have never experienced most of what I looked in on in this bookI really don't know what to do with what I readIf I take it as a memoir I guess I can laugh and feel for the author and seek Jesus to keep my own ministry on center But with several abrupt and calculated endings to stories I'm left feeling like I've witnessed an expose on 2020The author is great at telling stories and painting pictures of the various characters he grew up around but seemed to take license with some of the caricatures he portrayed A story about Ron Hamilton particularly disturbed me as I know my friend Ron Hamilton would not say some of the things he is uoted as saying I found myself thinking it couldn't have been that bad could it? But perhaps it could have beenat least if perception is reality to a small child watching and participating in it allI waited the entire book for what I read in the last chapterthe author's outside look on what he experienced and where it led him the finding God in the journey part but what I read left me empty I guess I wanted the book to give answers But I don't think that's why the author wrote his bookMy personal takeaway was a cry for grace in how I lead my family and church I need Jesus and a relationship with Him to drive my life I need to remember how important it is to combat religion and externalism with the truth of Jesus and His gospel He saves us from the life the author lived in I need to remember how literally children listen and watch and learnand I need to allow the radically changed life that Jesus is working in meThis book will definitely dividedepending on the background and how much distance you can place between your own life and the author'sI gave it 2 stars because the author's style kept my attention Had he not kept dragging me on I would have put this book down


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    First and foremost Will this book get someone saved? my answer Dude I have no clue I am not positive any book will 'get' someone saved What it will do is spark uestions which I have seen move many to Christ If you decide to read this book and only take it at face value you will easily have a cynical view of the church but if you look slightly deeper you will see that the cynical ideal is of a spiritual protection to understanding TRUTH of what God Christ and being Christian is really about I grew up not really going to church much We went ever so often and often only on the 'BIG' church days So this book really let me have some much needed insight into the thoughts and feelings one might have dealt with growing up in church their entire lives granted as a Baptist but nonetheless growing up in church This was important to me because my children are 'growing up in church' and I with my wife would like to make good choices for how they are raised in this way Matthew seemed to have a hard time grasping some of what the truth that Christ has for us because of the exact way he was brought up as what he calls 'a fundamentalist' I can now see and imagine at least a TINY BIT of how one that grew up with this just may see the world I recommend this book to anyone interested in another outlook on the Christian perspective It is told in a first person perspective of course with Matthew as the protagonist and 'details' his 'churched' upbringing from childhood It was a great book to listen to reminiscent of 'Stuff Christians Like' by Jon Acuff and many parts had me giggling aloud If you are interested take a listen below and do me a favor and download it If your feeling generous drop a tip For Matthew not me


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    First let me just say that I’m not a person who normally reads memoirs So I was a little hesitant when I was asked to read and review Matthew Paul Turner’s Churched I agreed because I too grew up in a fundamentalist church and no one comes away from that experience unchanged It defines a person for the good or bad I was curious about what Turner had to say Turns out his family joined a fundamentalist Baptist church when the author was five They had no idea what they were getting into What they did have was a genuine desire to serve God to the best of their abilityWelcome to the world of hellfire and brimstoneThe author’s often humorous sometimes touching accounts of various situations define that lifestyle to perfection From his first “real” haircut to baptism to CD burningshe portrays a life made of dos and don’ts where religion threatened to trump salvation But also a life where one inuisitive hyperactive little boy learned to love Jesus An easy to read writing style a warm wit and obvious sincerity make Churched a great read With my background and given my continuing high regard for many fundamentalist Christians I was concerned that the book would be offensive and was pleasantly surprised to find that it was not Turner handled the extremist beliefs with humor but also with respect An enjoyable look at a way of life that has to be lived to be believed


  10. says:

    An eye opening book that exposes many of the 'Toxic' religious thoughts teaching and manipulations that unfortunately do exist is Churches all over the world today I don't believe that all Baptist or Fundamental Churches are like the one described in this book and I also believe there are other denominations that are falling into the same trapThis is exactly the result of trying to earn one's salvation through morality and self effort rather than by the grace of God In relying on what other think of us as a measure of our being accepted by Christ This book serves as a warning and should cause alarms to go off in your head should you hear these teaching being propagatedAll of that said I found myself chuckling aloud so many times while listening to this book It is a good readlisten for any Christian or for any non Christian to realize what true Christianity is notThe Audio Book is a FREE download from here


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