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Crossbearer: A Memoir of Faith First Edition Edition
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Unlike C.S. Lewis, Joe Eszterhas may not be a household name, but you probably know of his work. His films have grossed over a billion dollars. You have heard of some of them, I'm sure: Showgirls received an NC-17 rating and Eszterhas gained infamy by suggesting that teenagers use fake IDs to view it. Basic Instinct captured a base but infamous screen moment that shocked viewers. His movies celebrated sex and violence and often the intersection between the two. He was once known as "the most reviled man in America." He was a peddler of smut who grew wealthy writing it and who pursued that same smutty lifestyle with a devil-may-care attitude.
But it all changed in 2001. In March of that year he and his wife moved their family, their four sons, from Malibu to Ohio, where they had both grown up. Only weeks later Aszterhas was diagnosed with throat cancer brought about by a lifetime of smoking and hard drinking.Read more ›
I will take issue with some of the other reviews, in that this book is definitely and explicitly about being Saved and not Being Born Again. Eszterhas makes this point repeatedly, but it is still missed. The other reviewers do make a good point - this is a highly personal Catholic journey and not necessarily a fundamentalist Christian memoir. Those are valid points, but Eszterhas does not mislead on those points.
I would have probably given this book 3 or 4 stars, except that I have a bias for all things Northeast Ohio and my wife absolutely loved this book. And who am I to argue with my wife.
I think my wife cried when she read it. To understand why she cried, you have to understand the life that Eszterhas has led -- not the Hollywood side but the immigrant, rust belt, and most of all Catholic life. Now, it could be argued that if he had described the emotions or background more fully, it would be easier for those without similar backgrounds to empathize. I would not disagree with that argument.
What Eszterhas does well is describe how the Church makes it difficult these days to be Catholic, while at the same time describing the sense of community the Church provides. So, what are the weaknesses? In my view, the book would have benefited from more editing. At times it seems sort of disorganized and stream of consciousness. Eszterhas often seems to describe the joy he feels better than he does the anger and conflict; perhaps that is because he has forgiven and moved on. And maybe that is the main point.
Often we forget the power of faith and prayer, only to go back to it when we really need it. We are all guilty of that - that is why this book is a must read. If anything, this book will make you re-examine your own life and hopefully bring you closer to your faith.
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The road that Joe Eszterhas travelled was a tragedy, but it brought him back to God. Reading this book strengthened my faith.Published 23 months ago by Joyce Zielinski
I've read Joe's other books, seen his movies--his journey has been a real ride through creative highs, success as a Hollywood screewriter but,alas discovery of a spiritual being... Read morePublished on August 11, 2013 by mae plato
MY BROTHER BILL handed me this book last week at the gym, along with Billy Graham's latest book "Nearing Home." Bill told me that he read it a few years back. Read morePublished on June 5, 2012 by Amazon Customer
Author and top Hollywood screenwriter (the master of dark, sexually graphic, and violent scripts), Joe Eszterhas, writes about "how God found me" in his memoir of faith, "The... Read morePublished on November 20, 2011 by Thomas M. Loarie
I found this book fascinating and read it quickly... a very honest and entertaining look at Joe Eszterhas' early life as a child in a Hungarian refugee camp, as an immigrant to... Read morePublished on January 11, 2011 by Writer in Ohio
I thought this was a great book dealing with addiction and recovery and the need for people to have a spiritual connection to reality and not just a phyiscal and mental connection. Read morePublished on January 21, 2010 by Joe C
I too am a christian who still swears when she sees fit. So does Joe. Once one of Hollywood's true bad boys, Joe cashed in all the chips and moved back to the midwest to raise his... Read morePublished on January 4, 2010 by Elaine Baer
The one thing that struck me constantly while reading this book was the refreshing honesty that Joe applied when recounting his stories (the book is essentially a collection of... Read morePublished on September 18, 2009 by Amazon Customer