Jesus, My Father, The CIA, and Me by Ian Morgan Cron
A Memoir. . . of Sorts

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  “When I firstdiscovered the grainy picture in my mother’s desk—me as a towheaded two yearold sitting in what I remember was a salmon-orange-stained lifeboat—I wasoverwhelmed by the feeling that the boy in the boat was not waving and laughingat the person snapping the photo as much as he was frantically trying to getthe attention of the man I am today. The boy was beckoning me to join him on avoyage through the harrowing straits of memory. He was gambling that if wesurvived the passage, we might discover an ocean where the past would becomethe wind at our back rather than a driving gale to the nose of our boat. Thisbook is the record of that voyage.” 

Whenhe was sixteen years old, Ian Morgan Cron was told about his father’sclandestine work with the CIA.  Thisastonishing revelation, coupled with his father’s dark struggles with chronicalcoholism and depression, upended the world of a boy struggling to become aman.  Decades later, as he faces his ownpersonal demons, Ian realizes the only way to find peace is to voyage backthrough a painful childhood marked by extremes—privilege and poverty, violenceand tenderness, truth and deceit—that he’s spent years trying to escape.  

Inthis surprisingly funny and forgiving memoir, Ian reminds us that no matter howdifferent the pieces may be, in the end we are all cut from the same cloth,stitched by faith into an exquisite quilt of grace. 

 “Simultaneously redemptive and consoling with bright moments of humor . . . this story is chock-full of sacredness and hope. Cron is one of only a few spirituality authors who could articulate these themes as poignantly.”


“Ian Cron writes with astonishing energy and freshness; his metaphors stick fast in the imagination. This is neither a simple memoir of hurt endured, nor a tidy story of reconciliation and resolution. It is—rather like Augustine’s Confessions—a testimony to the unfinished business of grace.”

DR. ROWAN WILLIAMS, Archbishop of Canterbury

“Ian Cron has the gift of making his human journey a parable for all of our journeys. Read this profound book and be well fed, and freed.”

FR. RICHARD ROHR, O.F.M., author of Everything Belongs

“Ian Morgan Cron is a brilliant writer. This is the kind of book that you don’t just read. It reads you.”

MARK BATTERSON, author of In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day


About Ian Morgan Cron

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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.
Published June 7, 2011 by Thomas Nelson. 274 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Religion & Spirituality. Non-fiction

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An alcoholic father who works for the CIA, an English nanny in powder-blue cat-eye glasses and an elegant but distracted mother are the three major influences that Cron (Chasing Francis, 2006) brings to life with much tongue-in-cheek humor (and pain) in a fast-paced narrative that “dances on the ...

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Book Reporter

But masses of the faithful are likely to find their stories mirrored in Cron's quest for an unshakable relationship with his loving heavenly Father and an intimate relationship with his earthly father, who couldn't show his love, much less express it in words.

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Historical Novel Society

Cron quotes John Edward Pearce in the beginning of his memoir: “Home is a place you grow up wanting to leave, and grow old wanting to get back to.” And then he asks, but what if home is a train wreck?

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Monsters and Critics

...more Called a memoir of sorts because he might have embellished or misremembered past events, Cron presents a warm, personal account of growing up with an alcoholic father who maintained a secret life working for the CIA.

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