Crazy for God by Frank Schaeffer
How I Grew Up as One of the Elect, Helped Found the Religious Right, and Lived to Take All (or Almos

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By the time he was nineteen, Frank Schaeffer’s parents, Francis and Edith Schaeffer, had achieved global fame as bestselling evangelical authors and speakers, and Frank had joined his father on the evangelical circuit. He would go on to speak before thousands in arenas around America, publish his own evangelical bestseller, and work with such figures as Pat Robertson, Jerry Falwell, and Dr. James Dobson. But all the while Schaeffer felt increasingly alienated, precipitating a crisis of faith that would ultimately lead to his departure—even if it meant losing everything.

With honesty, empathy, and humor, Schaeffer delivers “a brave and important book” (Andre Dubus III, author of House of Sand and Fog)—both a fascinating insider’s look at the American evangelical movement and a deeply affecting personal odyssey of faith.


About Frank Schaeffer

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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 and his wife, Genie, live in Massachusetts and have three children.
Published September 30, 2008 by Da Capo Press. 451 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Religion & Spirituality. Non-fiction

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Interesting glimpses into the burgeoning religious right folded into a deeply personal memoir.

May 20 2010 | Read Full Review of Crazy for God: How I Grew Up ...

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This book would seem to be an expose of the dirty behind-the-scenes dealings of the religious right....

Nov 07 2007 | Read Full Review of Crazy for God: How I Grew Up ...

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Readers will find brilliant writing here, world-class story telling by veterans of the trade, such as the luminous Jeff Sharlet, and newcomers like Quince Mountain, who tells the funniest story -- "Cowboy For Christ" -- of transgendered youthful disaster, fundamentalist religion, Bible camp and s...

Aug 06 2009 | Read Full Review of Crazy for God: How I Grew Up ...


As you know, I’m an Evangelical with what some may term “fundamentalist” views of the Bible (like your parents), and I’ve never thought that the Bible presented “a retributive God just itching to punish those who ‘stray.’” Rather, when I read my Bible I find the gracious notion that God is not w...

Sep 23 2012 | Read Full Review of Crazy for God: How I Grew Up ...


The anti-America rhetoric of Barack Obama’s Chicago pastor is mild in comparison to pronouncements made by Francis Schaeffer in the 1970s and 1980s, charges the late evangelical thinker’s son.

Mar 21 2008 | Read Full Review of Crazy for God: How I Grew Up ...

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