Monday, March 28, 2011


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Sex, Mom, and God

How the Bible’s Strange Take on Sex Led to Crazy Politics—and How I Learned to Love Women (and Jesus) Anyway

Frank Schaeffer

Bestselling author of Keeping Faith and Crazy for God

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[keynote endorsement]

“A penetrating analysis of political extremism, with a moving and at times hilarious account of growing up in one of the Christian right's most influential families. Few writers command Frank Schaeffer's intimate understanding of right-wing radicalism, and even fewer are able to share their insight as entertainingly and with as much moral weight as he has in Sex, Mom, and God.”—Max Blumenthal, author of: Republican Gomorrah

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“Mom was a much nicer person than her God. There are many biblical regulations about everything from beard-trimming to menstruating. Mom worked diligently to recast her personal-hygiene-obsessed God in the best light.”

Alternating between laugh-out-loud scenes from his childhood and acidic ruminations on the present state of an America he and his famous fundamentalist parents helped create, bestselling author Frank Schaeffer asks what the Glenn Becks and the Rush Limbaughs and the paranoid fantasies of the “right-wing echo chamber” are really all about.

Here’s a hint: sex.

The unforgettable central character in Sex, Mom, and God is the author’s far-from-prudish evangelical mother, Edith, who sweetly but bizarrely provides startling juxtapositions of the religious and the sensual thoughout Schaeffer’s childhood.

“If the recipient of the Schaeffer family’s evangelical attentions happened to be a forty-year-old Italian businessman at the beach, clad only in a “tragically immodest” Speedo bathing suit, the scene would become surreal. The women—my mother and sisters—were radiating disapproval of the man’s Speedo. The little boy—that’s me—was thinking of bolting for the water and swimming to the horizon.”

Charlotte Gordon, the award-winning author of Mistress Bradstreet, calls Sex, Mom, and God “a tour de force . . . Sarah Palin, ‘The Family,’ Anne Hutchinson, adultery, abortion, homophobia, Uganda, Ronald Reagan, B. B. King, Billy Graham, Hugh Hefner –it’s all here. This is the kind of book I did not want to end.”

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[Author photo caption:] Frank and Edith Schaeffer, Gryon, Switzerland, December 2010

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Frank Schaeffer is the author of the New York Times bestseller Keeping Faith and the memoir Crazy for God. His novels, including Portofino, have been translated into nine languages. He has appeared on numerous television and radio shows, including The Oprah Winfrey Show and NPR’s Fresh Air, and is a regular contributor to the Huffington Post and AlterNet. He and his wife, Genie, live in Massachusetts and have three children.

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Praise for Crazy for God

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

“We are fortunate that Frank Schaeffer's path has taken him from the rigid fundamentalist thinking of his youth to where he is now, working not in stark black and white, but in the blessed gray from which true art arises. Crazy for God is a brave and important book.”

—André Dubus III, author of House of Sand and Fog and Townie

“Schaeffer describes a life that was by turns happy, difficult, idyllic, and completely nuts. He’s a world-class storyteller.”—Christianity Today

Praise for Patience with God

“A humble and beautiful narrative . . . a deep and rich reflection on authentic faith in the contemporary world that focuses on how to live rather than on what to believe or not believe.”—Library Journal (starred review)

“This beautiful, argumentative, and even funny book is popular theology at its best.”—Jeff Sharlet, New York Times best-selling author of The Family

“Beguiling.”—John Cornwell, Financial Times

ISBN: 978-0-306-81928-5

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