Although this book is a memoir, Julia Scheeres offers very little reflection or introspection. The book is a list of traumatic events, and that's about it. She is raised by abusive parents, then sent to a religious boot camp for teens in the Dominican Republic. It seems like Scheeres wanted this book to show what it was like for her brother to grow up in their family after being adopted interracially at age 3, but she seems too detached to have any idea what it was like for him. I didn't know it was possible to finish reading a memoir and still feel like I don't know anything about who the author is.
“How Christian fundamentalists plan to teach genocide to schoolchildren – Good News Clubs' evangelism in schools is already subverting church-state separation. Now they justify murdering nonbelievers”
by Katherine Stewart, posted to The Guardian
Great book...and an honest look at some Christian methods of breaking the spirit and will of children without examining the consequences. All abuse makes children bitter, never better.
Amazing how the author survives and tells her truth..the good and the horrific. Her teen acting out behaviour never warranted the extreme and harsh treatment at the hands of so-called Christian Teachers.
There may be some "Christians" who would criticize this book. I personally thank her for doing the church of Jesus a favor - by encouraging them to look in the mirror. This book helped me to examine my own "little" (actually huge) hypocrisies. It was the start of a cleansing experience for me. I believe Jesus was grieved over the sad Scheeres family just as he was grieved over the Pharisaical behaviors of his day. I believe that redemption through Jesus and the true love from the Holy Spirit of Jesus is still possible. I once heard someone say that "living the Christian life in our 'own' strength is not 'difficult'. It is impossible!" Julia's parents were trying to do God's work without the power and Spirit that only God can give.
Horrific. Heartbreaking. Excellent. I highly recommend this book.
Do not read up on this book. Simply read it. It is tremendously heartbreaking, but the strong and resounding love between brother and sister will stay with you the most.
Oh man, this book broke my heart. I will never understand why people do such terrible things in the name of God. I don’t have much more to say about this book other then read it.
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