Sex, Mom, and God

Sex, Mom, and God

How the Bible's Strange Take on Sex Led to Crazy Politics, and How I Learned to Love Women (and Jesus) Anyway

Book - 2011
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"A penetrating analysis of political extremism, with a moving and at times hilarious account of growing up in one of the Christian right's most influential families. Few writers command Frank Schaeffer's intimate understanding of right-wing radicalism, and even fewer are able to share their insight as entertainingly and with as much moral weight as he has in Sex, Mom, and God ."--Max Blumenthal, author of  Republican Gomorrah   "Mom was a much nicer person than her God. There are many biblical regulations about everything from beard-trimming to menstruating. Mom worked diligently to recast her personal-hygiene-obsessed God in the best light."   Alternating between laugh-out-loud scenes from his childhood and acidic ruminations on the present state of an America he and his famous fundamentalist parents helped create, bestselling author Frank Schaeffer asks what the Glenn Becks and the Rush Limbaughs and the paranoid fantasies of the "right-wing echo chamber" are really all about.
  Here's a hint: sex.
  The unforgettable central character in Sex, Mom, and God is the author's far-from-prudish evangelical mother, Edith, who sweetly but bizarrely provides startling juxtapositions of the religious and the sensual thoughout Schaeffer's childhood. She was, says Frank Schaeffer, "the greatest illustration of the Divine beauty of Paradox I've encountered ... a fundamentalist living a double life as a lover of beauty who broke all her own judgmental rules in favor of creativity."

Charlotte Gordon, the award-winning author of Mistress Bradstreet, calls Sex, Mom, and God "a tour de force . . . Sarah Palin, 'The Family,' Anne Hutchinson, adultery, abortion, homophobia, Uganda, Ronald Reagan, B. B. King, Billy Graham, Hugh Hefner--it's all here. This is the kind of book I did not want to end."

Publisher: Cambridge, MA : Da Capo Press, c2011
ISBN: 9780306819285
Branch Call Number: 270.82 SCH 2011 22
Characteristics: xii, 298 p. : ill. ; 24 cm


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Dec 28, 2011

The book never explained clearly how and why Schaeffer moved away from his parent's version of Christianity, which was quite puzzling. He hinted at his wife's influence.
The references to his sexual experiences did not seem relevant to the book.
His stories about his mother revealed a complex, compelling person, vibrant person.

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