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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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"

Very good book, marred by narration

Well written, manageable history, with deeply incompetent pronunciation. Though clear and well paced, there were so many words mispronounced - from names of towns to common Christian terminology to everyday words - I was glad to be done with it. Fortunately the book held my interest. Don't use the narration as a guide for how to pronounce words.

The text itself is engaging, and the reader had decent rhythm. I felt the ending was a bit but abrupt, and expected more detail on the long term influence and gradual petering out of the movement. Still a worthwhile read, if you can get past the bewildering reading. If this subject is of interest to you, the narration will not stand in the way of your enjoyment. I listened with ease at 1.5 x.
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- Dru Lattin

Book Details

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