ôWhen I first discovered the grainy picture in my motherÆs deskùme as a towheaded two year old sitting in what I remember was a salmon-orange-stained lifeboatùI 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.ö
When he was sixteen years old, Ian Morgan Cron was told about his fatherÆs clandestine work with the CIA. This astonishing revelation, coupled with his fatherÆs dark struggles with chronic alcoholism and depression, upended the world of a boy struggling to become a man. Decades later, as he faces his own personal demons, Ian realizes the only way to find peace is to voyage back through a painful childhood marked by extremesùprivilege and poverty, violence and tenderness, truth and deceitùthat heÆs spent years trying to escape.
In this surprisingly funny and forgiving memoir, Ian reminds us that no matter how different the pieces may be, in the end we are all cut from the same cloth, stitched by faith into an exquisite quilt of grace.
ôSimultaneously redemptive and consoling with bright moments of humor . . . this story is chock-full of sacredness and hope. Cron is one of only a few spirituality authors who could articulate these themes as poignantly.ö
ôIan Cron writes with astonishing energy and freshness; his metaphors stick fast in the imagination. This is neither a simple memoir of hurt endured, nor a tidy story of reconciliation and resolution. It isùrather like AugustineÆs Confessionsùa testimony to the unfinished business of grace.ö
DR. ROWAN WILLIAMS, Archbishop of Canterbury
ôIan Cron has the gift of making his human journey a parable for all of our journeys. Read this profound book and be well fed, and freed.ö
FR. RICHARD ROHR, O.F.M., author of Everything Belongs
ôIan Morgan Cron is a brilliant writer. This is the kind of book that you donÆt just read. It reads you.ö
MARK BATTERSON, author of In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day
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