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Son of a Preacher Man: My Search for Grace in the Shadows Paperback – December 24, 2001
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By any standard, Jay Bakker has had it rough. The son of Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker, Jay was only 11 years old when his parents' empire collapsed and his family was vilified as the epitome of televangelism's excesses. Jay Bakker's autobiography, Son of a Preacher Man, unflinchingly addresses all of his family's major scandals, including his father's affair with Jessica Hahn and his mother's battle with drug addiction. Bakker also reveals that by age 13, he had developed a serious drinking problem, and that was only the beginning of a long period of rebellion that intensified during his father's years in prison. After his father's release, Jim and Jay began to rebuild their relationship, and Jay, though still struggling with alcoholism, discerned a calling to ministry. After several false starts he built a ministry to young people in Atlanta called Revolution. As a minister, Bakker's main interest is in the kids that churches overlook--the pierced, tattooed, smoking, drinking kind. The message of this ministry, like the message of this book, is simple: "Jesus loves you for who you are, not who you can become." Bakker says that he still works every day to learn that lesson, and to pass it on to others, as he does with some eloquence in Son of a Preacher Man. --Paul Power --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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From the opening epigram (a passage from Romans about learning from trials and adversities) to the rousing concluding chapter, this memoir by the son of the scandal-ridden televangelists Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker inspires, captivates and entertains. Even before his dad was arrested, Jay confesses, family life began to fall apart: Mom was addicted to drugs, and Jay's 16-year-old sister ran off to marry her beau. And then, in a haze of scandal, his father, whom Jay lionizes, was sentenced in 1989 to 45 years in prison. Jay's portrait of Papa Bakker is extremely sympathetic--at times, a tad too worshipful. He also includes a touching vignette about Jimmy Swaggart, who agreed to help Jay get his father's prison sentence reduced when no other big-name pastors dared to intervene. In the years since his father was released from prison, young Jay Bakker has discovered he's an alcoholic, and gotten sober; fallen in love, and gotten married; and realized he's a sinner, and gotten right with God. He's now a pastor--a tattooed, hip pastor--in Atlanta, ministering to street youth on skateboards. Readers are sure to love Bakker's delightfully down-to-earth, slightly self-mocking tone ("For a while I thought I was Jim Morrison," he says about his acid-tripping, cowboy-boot-sporting days in high school), and will hope he'll somehow carve out time to write more books.
Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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As one who has felt disconnected from God, and have struggled on my own path to faith, Jay's story resonated with me very much.
I found his book VERY interesting reading and finished it in a day. He really had a difficult time and struggled so much. I'm glad he overcame the difficulties of growing up in the PTL scandal and made it through the years of drinking and drugs and back 'into the fold'. Not the fold as most know it, but a much different one which I hope is doing some good in spreading the Gospel. He has a very radical way of doing it and I wonder, but he wouldn't want me doing that. I'm just not so sure one wants to share the Gospel through just being there as opposed to by example. But if it is working for them and changing lifes then I'll stay out of it.
I would have been interested in knowing why Jay got SO into tattooing and piercings. I know it is a phenomonen today but I can't ever find a person who can really explain WHY they do this other than that is is popular, they like it, it looks good, it defines them, etc., etc. But how? Why? I don't think they are going to like this as they age. I would have liked him to explain why he got all the tattoos that he did and why. Did he really think it out for the long term or was it a short made decision?? Is this supposed to appeal to young seekers of Christ?