Jesus, My Father, the CIA, and Me

  • by Ian Morgan Cron
  • Narrated by Ian Morgan Cron
  • 8 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

"When I first discovered the grainy picture in my mother’s desk—me as a towheaded two-year-old sitting in what I remember was a salmon-orange-stained lifeboat—I was overwhelmed by the feeling that the boy in the boat was not waving and laughing at the person snapping the photo as much as he was frantically trying to get the attention of the man I am today. The boy was beckoning me to join him on a voyage through the harrowing straits of memory. He was gambling that if we survived the passage, we might discover an ocean where the past would become the wind at our back rather than a driving gale to the nose of our boat. This [audio] book is the record of that voyage."

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What the Critics Say

“Ian Cron writes with astonishing energy and freshness; his metaphors stick fast in the imagination. This is neither a simple memoir of hurt endured, nor a tidy story of reconciliation and resolution. It is–rather like Augustine’s Confessions–a testimony to the unfinished business of grace.” (Dr. Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury)
“Ian Cron has the gift of making his human journey a parable for all of our journeys. Read this profound book and be well fed, and freed.” (Fr. Richard Rohr, O.F.M., author of Everything Belongs)
“Ian Morgan Cron’s story is a compelling one… Each turn of the page will draw you closer to God.” (Craig Groeschel, author of The Christian Atheist)

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If you were ever a kid, this book will bring back in a sweet way all those memories of never quite fitting in, in the funniest way. There is a whisper of that tv program a couple years ago called "Wonder Years". But there is a difference here, the author grew up the child of an adict and it colored everything. As you laugh, your heart is also breaking. But the end of the story is a triumph. Don't let the Christian slant scare you away, there are so many belly laughs to be had, it will not offend. I agree with everything the previous reviewer said, he was far more eloquent. I can only say, I was really sorry I have finished this book.
The author does a great job reading this book, but I do wish the "Sewing with Nancy" music between the segments had been left out, as it stopped the flow with it's banality. Too bad, 98 out of 100 (not enough to lose a star)
Please listen to this book!
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- Cookie "Cookie"

A True Gift

If this was a "book" review, I could talk about how Ian Morgan Cron has the ability to turn a phrase better than nearly all of his peers. I could say that he has restored my faith in the genre called memoir with his candid concessions about the genre at the beginning of his book, which are whimsical and hilarious. I could even say his book brought me to tears, in the best possible sense, and made laugh harder than I expected when I first picked it up. But this is an "audiobook" review.

"Jesus, My Father, the CIA, and Me" is narrated by the author and his narration is a true gift. Sometimes words and meaning are lost in translation. But when an author reads his own words, you can't help but get wrapped up in each detail, each refreshingly odd phrase, each moment that brings you to the brink of an emotional moment. Cron welcomes you into his story with open arms and his voice testifies "to the unfinished business of grace."

Listen to it slowly. Treasure it. Let it work on you until you hear the parables Cron makes available. And then, listen to it again.
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- Christopher Esposito-Bernard "Chris"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-07-2011
  • Publisher: Oasis Audio