Born Again and Again

Born Again and Again : Surprising Gifts of a Fundamentalist Childhood

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"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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Product details

  • Hardback | 160 pages
  • 139.7 x 215 x 25.4mm | 340.19g
  • Orleans, MA, United States
  • English
  • 1557254311
  • 9781557254313
  • 3,160,696

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Wait a moment. Take a pen and cross out the word "fundamentalist" in Jon Sweeney's subtitle. In its place, write "evangelical." Now we can begin.
Born in 1967, raised in Wheaton, Illinois, and educated at Moody Bible Institute and Wheaton College, Sweeney might have been specially treated to represent the changing face of American evangelicalism, evolving from the fundamentalist faith of his grandfathers-both of whom were Independent Baptist preachers-to the expansive movement whose most prominent spokesman was Billy Graham. In his growing-up years, Sweeney seems to have experienced almost every distinctive of evangelical culture, including the ritual destruction of some of his favorite cassette tapes (the Eagles) after a visiting speaker explained that they contained subliminal satanic messages. It figures that by the time he was at Wheaton College, Sweeney and some of his fellow students were checking out a church that didn't look like a church, a place called Willow Creek.
But Sweeney's evolution didn't end there, and while he still defines himself as a Christian, he has departed on many points from the teachings of his childhood. His memoir-remarkably free of bitterness-will be particularly valuable to readers who have traveled part of the way with him (in their changing attitudes toward Roman Catholicism, for instance), but who remain evangelical, as an invitation to clarify their own convictions.
Christianity Today January 1, 2006
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About Jon M. Sweeney

Jon M. Sweeney is recognized for his ability to communicate religious ideas and history in uncomplicated language. He is also the author of The Lure of Saints: A Protestant Experience of Catholic Tradition and The St. Francis Prayer Book, and editor of The Road to Assisi, a biography of St. Francis and a Book-of-the-Month Club/Crossings Book Club/History Book Club selection. He lives in Vermont with his wife and their two children.
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