Thursday, July 7, 2011

Jesus, My Father, The CIA, and Me by Ian Morgan Cron*A Review

When I first discovered the grainy picture in my mother’s desk—me as a towheaded two year old sitting in what I remember was a salmon-orange-stained lifeboat—I was overwhelmed by the feeling that the boy in the boat was not waving and laughing at the person snapping the photo as much as he was frantically trying to get the attention of the man I am today. The boy was beckoning me to join him on a voyage through the harrowing straits of memory. He was gambling that if we survived the passage, we might discover an ocean where the past would become the wind at our back rather than a driving gale to the nose of our boat. This book is the record of that voyage

Paperback: 240 pages
Publisher: Thomas Nelson (June 7, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0849946107
ISBN-13: 978-0849946103
Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.4 x 0.8 inches
Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces

Ian Morgan Cron is an author, speaker, Episcopal priest, psychotherapist, and retreat guide.
To introduce others to St. Francis of Assisi, he authored Chasing Francis: A Pilgrim’s Tale. His literary debut received accolades from The Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams, Fr Richard Rohr, Phyllis Tickle, Marcus Borg, Brian McLaren, and artist Makoto Fujimura.
Thomas Nelson released Ian’s spiritual memoir Jesus, My Father, the CIA, and Me: A Memoir…Of Sorts in June 2011. Publishers Weekly described the book as, “Simultaneously redemptive and consoling with bright moments of humor…a story chock-full of sacredness and hope.”
The book was chosen as a featured title in the prestigious Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers program.
In addition to writing, facilitating retreats, and speaking around the country, Ian is an adjunct priest at Christ Episcopal Church in Greenwich, Connecticut where he curates the Conversations in Courage and Faith series ( He is also a student at Fordham University (The Jesuit University in New York) where he is completing his doctoral work in Christian spirituality.
Ian adores the Rolling Stone’s record Exile on Main Street, and the melody to Lulu’s 1967 hit song “To Sir, With Love” has been stuck in his head for more than thirty years. He can explain the former, but not the latter.
Ian divides his time between living in Tennessee and Vermont with his wife, and three children.

Jesus, My Father, The CIA, and Me A memoir…of sorts by Ian Morgan Cron is one fantastic book. This is the second book by Ian and I think his best so far.
The story is mainly about Ian’s life and how he survived an alcoholic father who showed little if any love to him and also how he became the same person without realizing it.
This is an amazing story that held my attention through the whole book. It is a book that is full of despair, hopelessness, but also one of hope, peace and finally love.
When you grow up in a stable, Christian home you really don’t realize that so many children don’t have that privilege. Ian and his family didn’t really live, but survived life. He didn’t dare do anything to upset his father. All Ian wanted in his life growing up was love. That’s so true of everyone.
In this book you go with Ian from very early childhood until he got married, had three children and finally became a priest.
To me it was amazing that an alcoholic worked for the CIA, but Ian found out that alcoholics are good at lying and trying to cover up everything in their lives. So that would make him perfect.
This is a very interesting story and is easy to read. I really recommend it. You will get so much out of it, if not to help yourself, then to be a help to others. It is a book to keep and give to someone who may need a lift or hand when things are going bad. Great read.

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Linda said...

Can certainly relate to no love in childhood. Don't know that I'd want to share my life, though. Glad Ian was able to do so to help others.

Trinity Rose said...

Linda have you read Ian's book? It is quite a book. If you ever want to talk I'm here for you. :)