Jesus My Father The Cia And Me Paperback – Jun 7 2011
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About the Author
Ian Morgan Cron is an Episcopal priest, speaker, and the author of Chasing Francis: A Pilgrim's Tale, which was hailed by the Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams, Fr. Richard Rohr, Brian McLaren, and Phyllis Tickle, among others. Ian is currently the curator of the Conversations on Courage and Faith Series at Christ Episcopal Church in Greenwich, CT. He and his wife have three children and divide their time between homes in Connecticut and Tennessee.
Top Customer Reviews
Cron speaks somewhat into my life through this book as he processed his struggles, guilt, and eventual healing from his alcoholic father. The bit about CIA is interesting and gives us some insight--and humor--into how a CIA agent relates to his family and the resultant barrier. The books ends in a triumphant note as Cron learns to parent his own children in spite of a the lack of a fatherly role model.
Cron has a way of integrating tragedy with humor, redemption, and love and this book will bring you tears on one page and lol on the next.
The book itself is a journey of pain, as Ian Morgan Cron takes us for a walk through his life. His honesty and willingness to invite the reader creatively into his pain was appreciated and endearing. I ended up not only liking Ian, but hurting for him, and the pain his life has experienced.
The book did not leave me rejoicing in Jesus which I would have appreciated, and much of Ian's fathers work in the CIA remained a mystery. His pain and joy is the focus of the journey, so if you are looking to be entertained by peering into the life of a good author and vicariously feeling his pain and the beginnings of his healing, you will enjoy this book, if you are looking to grow, you may be disappointed.
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This book was hard to put down even when I absolutely had to. It was with caution that I started reading, not knowing what to expect after having read someone's introduction ' but by the time I was into chapter two there was no stopping.
Ian Cron writes with such seeming honesty and transparency that the reader can feel his grief, his triumphs, his struggles. I winced in places, feeling sorrow for his pain, and laughed out loud where he unexpectedly injected humour.
He writes about his tumultuous growing up years ' as he remembers it ' with his secretive alcoholic father and his proper, lovely mother who tried to protect him. He writes about his own fall into a life of addiction, patterned unwittingly after his father. And he writes about his deep love for God, his anger toward Jesus when all he wants is for his own father to love him, and the discoveries of the truth about both his father and Jesus. Truths that change his life.
What bothered me about this book was the author's flippant attitude toward God, his apparent lack of reverence as if God owed him something. My hope was that he was simply expressing the feelings he had early in his spiritual journey, which are probably the questions of many in their search for Truth. Ian Morgan Cron, who eventually became a priest, eased my mind when he responded to my alarm with these words: "I think what you heard as flippant was actually masked anger, disappointment expressed in sarcasm, which is what I did in those days."
This is a story that pulled me in and held me there right to the end; such an enjoyable read that is different from any out there.
Cron leads us through his journey with his family, through riches and poverty, through alcoholism and family struggles. This is not a book that paints a false, and rosy picture of what it means to live for Christ, but because of that it invites the reader into real struggles, and healing. It is amazing to read the way in which Christ is at work in both Cron's life, and ours as well.
Forgive the cliche, but this book will make you both laugh and cry. It is marvelously written and is one of my favorite memoirs in a while.
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by Ian Morgan Cron
When first flipping through this book, which my usual way to begin a book I am going to review, I had the thoughts that this was going to be an easy read- not many pages, larger printing- oh this will go quickly. I must admit, I was wrong. The topic was different than my usual- it is non fiction and that is not usually my first choice, but the subject matter was intriguing.
Ian writes in metaphors, which take some getting used to. He tells you the story of his life , which is one of remembering his many hurts endured, coping with them and coming to an understanding- but not until he was an adult himself of why and how this happened the way it did. Ian has a father that he just does not understand- why he acts the way he does, where he goes and why there is such unhappiness in his home.
Ian has made his memoir into somewhat of a parable. How can he love a parent who has hidden away from his fatherly duties? He approaches dealing with the act of using God's love and forgiveness to discover empathy for this man and the past.
I have to admit this was not an easy book for me to read. I prefer fiction and lighter topics, however Ian writes in a very engaging and clever way , that I feel those who love biographies, etc. would love the detail and the showing of spiritual growth that takes place in his life as his takes this journey back to his childhood and beyond.
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Most recent customer reviews
Ian Morgan Cron shares his childhood, living in a challenging home, and finding out later in life that his father worked for the Central Intelligence Agency. Read morePublished on Aug. 1 2011 by Michael Levitt
Ian Cron strikes me as the coolest Episcopal priest I ever came across. Not that I know any, but if I did I would think he stands out. Read morePublished on July 19 2011 by Kevin Rogers
At times the book is humorous, many times heartbreaking and often hopeful. You see it come full circle from childhood to parenthood. Read morePublished on June 29 2011 by Jenn
At the beginning of the New Year, I had the opportunity to review a book called Chasing Francis by Ian Morgan Cron. Read morePublished on June 27 2011 by Ian C. McLaren
Jesus, My Father, the CIA, and Me: A Memoir...of Sorts by Ian Cron
I think this is the first time I've ever read a memoir. Read more