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Secret Radio: My Senior Year at a Christian Fundamentalist College (Twenty-Five Years Ago) By Grace Jovian [Paperback]

Jeri Massi , Grace Jovian
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Book Description

May 5, 2008
Hard hitting, funny, outrageous, and tender by turns, Secret Radio delivers a scathing assessment of the scandals, gross ignorance of Scripture, and back room deals that have been tolerated in Fundamentalism, while at the same time showing the genuine faith of many who labor for Christ and find Him faithful to His people. Told in journal format as Grace narrates her story, the book chronicles the lives of Grace and her five roommates during her senior year, from the dreamy Lilly who draws action and adventure comics to the brilliant, poker-faced Cinn, the godly Amy Carmichael and tragic Mary, this is a comedy about the tragedy of abuse of authority. Grace fills her adventures with vivid, real faces of a living and breathing humanity too often discounted by men dedicated to building big churches. The book introduces many characters: some of them villains, some of them saints, and most of them somewhere in between, but all needing the grace and mercy of God. Intended for adult Christian readers.

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  • Paperback: 500 pages
  • Publisher: Jupiter Rising Books (May 5, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0981471838
  • ISBN-13: 978-0981471839
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,053,053 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Re lived my life at Fundy U in Greenville July 21, 2014
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I smiled and laughed but mainly my heart was hurting as I recognized the controlling patterns and demanded loyalty of the students at the bastion of fundamentalism in Greenville I lived the control,legalism and demanded loyalty and now am glad I am free. As the book shows, a pastor who demands total allegiance and loyalty has his eyes blinded to the sin that is occurring in the congregation. A great read. It will open your eyes to a very different but real world of blind loyalty all in the name of Christ.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Way Christian Fiction Should Be Written May 30, 2014
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Jeri Massi takes Christian fundamentalism to task from both a moral and a spiritual perspective in this rollicking good read. A few stylistic rough spots slow the story, but in general, the story does credit to Massi's background as a novelist. I am glad to recommend this book as one of the few comic tomes about serious theology that I have ever come across.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Unforgettable characters and compelling situations August 7, 2014
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While I consider myself a devout Christian, I am personally familiar with the subculture Jeri Massi writes about in this novel. That's why I can say with gravitas that books like this are important and necessary in exposing the hypocrisy and hubris that can be so damaging to the Christian faith.

The story of Grace Jovian's senior year at a fundamentalist college is an engaging story, filled with unforgettable characters and compelling situations. Frankly, some of those situations could seem farfetched to those who aren't familiar with this subculture, but I can assure you, there's very little exaggeration going on here.

Grace Jovian is a truly likable character. Her essential integrity and common sense only serve to highlight the absurdity of the goings-on around her. We care about her and her friends, are appalled by the injustices she witnesses and experiences, and we're pulling for her to come out on the other side of her problems with her faith still intact.

And that's why even her name is so fitting. What's lacking at this not-so-fictional college is that very thing...grace. A grace which is so evident in Scripture, but has been poisoned by ego-driven leaders who ignore the foundational truths of the Bible and substitute their own man-made rules and traditions.

While Massi skewers the hypocrites and the demi-gods, she leaves no doubt as to what constitutes a genuine Christian life, making this book ultimately a deeply faith-affirming experience.

Despite its serious subject matter, this is a story infused with charm, humor, hope, and yes---grace.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Well Done June 3, 2014
By Ruth F.
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As a writer and editor, I can attest that this a well crafted work of fiction. It is not only written well from a stylistic perspective, but also shines in its accurate portrayal of the issue rampant in Independent Baptist Fundamentalism.

I myself, though not coming from an IFB background, attended Bob Jones University unwittingly. After the first year I did not want to lose all the money by switching to another school, so I simply finished. While Bob Jones is certainly a far cry from the most extreme wings of the IFB, I still recognized as accurate–if not quite so prevalent–nearly everything in this book from my personal experience: from the individuals like dorm supervisors, students, faculty and pastors, to the attitudes, feelings, sins and physical descriptions.

Well done.
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More About the Author

I attended Catholic school as a girl. And I mean real, old fashioned, Catholic school, where knuckles were rapped and the teachers were feared and yet mercilessly pranked. When I was a teenager, I read the Bible for myself, came to believe in Justification by faith, and became thoroughly Protestant in my beliefs. I enjoy church history, especially the history of the Reformation.

The other great love of my life was, and still is, martial arts. Shortly after I graduated from college, I earned my black belt, and currently I am a fourth degree black belt.

For me, writing fiction was an escape at first. Then, as I grew older, fiction became a means to entertain other people while also framing certain ideas to them in a unique way.

I write both fiction and non-fiction books. My novel VALKYRIES was nominated for the Christy Award.


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