Crazy for God

  • by Frank Schaeffer
  • Narrated by Frank Schaeffer
  • 10 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

How I Grew Up as One of the Elect, Helped Found the Religious Right, and Lived to Take All (or Almost All) of it Back
By the time he was 19, Frank Schaeffer’s parents, Francis and Edith Schaeffer, had achieved global fame as best-selling evangelical authors and speakers, and Frank had joined his father on the evangelical circuit. He would go on to speak before thousands in arenas around America, publish his own evangelical best seller, and work with such figures as Pat Robertson, Jerry Falwell, and Dr. James Dobson.
But while coming of age as a rising evangelical star, Schaeffer felt increasingly alienated, and as a result, he experienced a crisis of faith that would ultimately lead to his journey out of the fold - even if it meant losing everything.


What the Critics Say

Crazy for God offers considerable insight into several issues that have bedeviled American life in the past thirty years…. it gives us not only a handle on the mess we are in but also quite a few laughs.” (Jane Smiley, The Nation)
Crazy for God is a brilliant book, a portrait of fundamentalism painted in broad strokes with streaks of nuance, the twinned coming-of-age story of Frank and the Christian right.” (New Statesman)
“Schaeffer describes a life that was by turns happy, difficult, idyllic, and completely nuts…. He’s a world-class storyteller.” (Christianity Today)


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I expected to read a book that criticized a strict the author's religious upbringing, and instead was delighted to hear the author's empathetic, sensitive description of his parents' struggles with religion, their changing views over the years, and the public vs. the private face of their convictions. He expresses a great fondness for his family, and describes his unusual childhood with candid wit. In the final third of the book, Shaeffer exposes the hypocrisy of televangelism and the Republican party's cynical co-opting of evangelical Christianity for political gain. Unlike the previous reviewer, I didn't find his descriptions offensive ?????? he writes with a dark sense of humour, and what he writes has the ring of honesty.
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- Catherine Heard

Golda Meir:..."Human nature, being what it is..."

I was familliar with the name Francis Schaeffer (Christian theologian) and of 'L'bri' a kind of Christian retreat/learning center in Switzerland begun by him that gained a reputation as a kind of intellectual retreat for those seeking answers to their spiritual questions in an atmosphere of scholarship and intellect. So I was happy to see who wrote this book (Schaeffer's son) and looking forward to hearing a description of growing up in that atmosphere. I am still listening to the book, but so far am quite unimpressed by the book and less so by the author. For example, Schaeffer takes a lot of cheap shots in his descriptions of the evangelical leaders he once worked with. My chief objection is that the organizations these leaders head have donated millions of dollars to help people all over the world--started hospitals, dug wells, started educational programs in places where none existed before, etc. These leaders that he makes sarcastic jokes and comments about started organizations which have saved and improved the lives of people in 3rd world countries and given them hope where none existed. My 'bone to pick' with the author lies not in his criticisms, or even the way he expresses them, but in the fact that he gives no reason why I should accept these criticisms of the evangelical community at face value. Jesus said in the scriptures "by their fruits you shall know them". Well, I know the fruits of the leaders he so glibly criticizes, but I really have no idea of what fruits Schaeffer has produced in his own life, to be able to throw stones at other people's houses. How many poverty stricken people has he helped? Does he give part of his book profits to help the less fortunate? If he does give to help others, he has the credibility to have my attention and listen to his criticisms. But if he does not, then he is far worse in moral character than those he seems to take such pleasure in skewing. It is in many aspects, though, an 'eye-opening' read,
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- Barbara

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-16-2010
  • Publisher: Gildan Media, LLC