God's Forever Family

  • by Larry Eskridge
  • Narrated by Michael Butler Murray
  • 14 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The Jesus People movement was a unique combination of the hippie counterculture and evangelical Christianity. It first appeared in the famed "Summer of Love" of 1967, in San Francisco's Haight-Ashbury district, and spread like wildfire in Southern California and beyond, to cities like Seattle, Atlanta, and Milwaukee. In 1971 the growing movement found its way into the national media spotlight and gained momentum, attracting a huge new following among evangelical church youth, who enthusiastically adopted the Jesus People persona as their own. Within a few years, however, the movement disappeared and was largely forgotten by everyone but those who had filled its ranks.
God's Forever Family argues that the Jesus People movement was one of the most important American religious movements of the second half of the 20th-century. Not only do such new and burgeoning evangelical groups as Calvary Chapel and the Vineyard trace back to the Jesus People, but the movement paved the way for the huge Contemporary Christian Music industry and the rise of "Praise Music" in the nation's churches. More significantly, it revolutionized evangelicals' relationship with youth and popular culture. Larry Eskridge makes the case that the Jesus People movement not only helped create a resurgent evangelicalism but must be considered one of the formative powers that shaped American youth in the late 1960s and 1970s.

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Flashback to my earliest days as a believer.

God's Forever Family captures a unique time in American Christianity - the triumphs, the failures, the merits and the flaws. I loved this book, and it honestly made me long for the simple days when it was all about Jesus - no politics, no hype, no performance based expectations. Jesus loves me, God's judgement is coming, Jesus is coming soon! Simple faith for a very difficult time.

Seems like we need a new Jesus movement!
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- Ricky Giovanetto "Top 40 Titan"

A Groovy Happening

Would you consider the audio edition of God's Forever Family to be better than the print version?

If your life was touched by this movement or the music, you'll enjoy the story. It was an easy listen for me. So much so that I didn't mind running a few extra errands.


What did you like best about this story?

I was amazed at the depth of research the author provided to give us a detailed backstory of the Jesus Movement. This is not a light-weight, quick read.


What three words best describe Michael Butler Murray’s voice?

If you're from the West Coast, you'll have to forgive the many mispronunciations of places (Marin County, Spokane) as well as Bible words (Agape, Koinonia). It's not a big deal but over the course of a book it was distracting. It actually made me wonder if this was a text to voice production.


If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Don't do it! It's already been done and the results are always cheesy.


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- Steve Wright "Steve Wright"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-13-2014
  • Publisher: Audible Studios