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Jesus, My Father, the CIA, and Me

A Memoir... of Sorts
Written by: Ian Morgan Cron
Narrated by: Ian Morgan Cron
Length: 8 hrs and 12 mins

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Publisher's Summary

"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 [audio] book is the record of that voyage."

©2011 Ian Morgan Cron (P)2011 Oasis

What the critics say

“Ian 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 is–rather like Augustine’s Confessions–a testimony to the unfinished business of grace.” (Dr. Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury)
“Ian 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.” (Fr. Richard Rohr, O.F.M., author of Everything Belongs)
“Ian Morgan Cron’s story is a compelling one… Each turn of the page will draw you closer to God.” (Craig Groeschel, author of The Christian Atheist)

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  • Cookie
  • 2012-01-28

Please don't miss this one!

If you were ever a kid, this book will bring back in a sweet way all those memories of never quite fitting in, in the funniest way. There is a whisper of that tv program a couple years ago called "Wonder Years". But there is a difference here, the author grew up the child of an adict and it colored everything. As you laugh, your heart is also breaking. But the end of the story is a triumph. Don't let the Christian slant scare you away, there are so many belly laughs to be had, it will not offend. I agree with everything the previous reviewer said, he was far more eloquent. I can only say, I was really sorry I have finished this book.
The author does a great job reading this book, but I do wish the "Sewing with Nancy" music between the segments had been left out, as it stopped the flow with it's banality. Too bad, 98 out of 100 (not enough to lose a star)
Please listen to this book!

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  • Anthony
  • 2018-04-16

Incredible uplifting and motivating story

I didn’t know what to expect when a friend recommended this book. It turned out to be such an encouraging and well written book from an author who had a similar childhood to me. Anybody who questions their upbringing, parenting, or faith would be well pleased with this book.

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  • C. Esposito-Bernard
  • 2011-08-10

A True Gift

If this was a "book" review, I could talk about how Ian Morgan Cron has the ability to turn a phrase better than nearly all of his peers. I could say that he has restored my faith in the genre called memoir with his candid concessions about the genre at the beginning of his book, which are whimsical and hilarious. I could even say his book brought me to tears, in the best possible sense, and made laugh harder than I expected when I first picked it up. But this is an "audiobook" review.

"Jesus, My Father, the CIA, and Me" is narrated by the author and his narration is a true gift. Sometimes words and meaning are lost in translation. But when an author reads his own words, you can't help but get wrapped up in each detail, each refreshingly odd phrase, each moment that brings you to the brink of an emotional moment. Cron welcomes you into his story with open arms and his voice testifies "to the unfinished business of grace."

Listen to it slowly. Treasure it. Let it work on you until you hear the parables Cron makes available. And then, listen to it again.

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  • E. Kim
  • 2017-05-15

I didn't want it to end...

As soon as I heard Ian Morgan Cron's voice, I knew I was in for a great story. With audio books, the reader can make or break a book, and I was so pleased that not only was the author himself reading the memoir, but that he has such a nice voice to listen to. He has a grandfatherly style to him that is soothing with just the right amount of sarcasm and humour at all the right moments.

As for the memoir itself, all I can say is that it had me laughing and crying and contemplative throughout. His story is beautifully told and starkly honest--there were many times I couldn't agree more as he unfolded truths of life like little gems.

The best part is the hope of the gospel through Jesus that is interwoven throughout the memoir. Cron had more than his share of struggles and heartbreak, and what is great about this memoir for me as a Christian is that he is honest in the doubts and anger that he experienced as he tried to make sense of them. But through it all, Jesus' presence and blessing in Cron's life is unmistakeable.

Overall, a worthwhile read and one I loved listening too! Every day driving to work was that much better knowing I had 30 minutes of Cron's story to hear. I wish it didn't have to end!

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  • Tonya
  • 2014-01-04

Great story of redemption and forgiveness.

What did you love best about Jesus, My Father, the CIA, and Me?

My heart hurt for him and his loss of innocence at such an early age but I love how God loved him so much that he asked him to forgive him for so many of the let downs. Thinking God will go to great lengths to reconcile himself to us. e.g Jesus allowed himself to be sacrificed for us and the father of the prodigal son ran to greet him. God definitely moves in mysterious ways. He gives us wake up calls and puts the right people in our life at just the right time as he did for Ian. Breathtaking1

What did you like best about this story?

How he was open to God even at his lowest points when he thought he had turned away. The rope held and he returned to the one who continually sought him out with abundant mercy and grace.

Have you listened to any of Ian Morgan Cron’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No. But I love the inflection he uses and the way he tells the story.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Yes. Quite a few. 1,) When his dad repeatedly let him down and didn't interact with him causing heartbreak. 2.) When his friends lovingly confronted him regarding his own alcoholism. 3.) When the lady told him who the voice was he had heard. 4.) How he remembers his mom. "When traveling through darkness and going through a tough time throw up your hands like you are riding a roller coaster and laugh /scream with joy until you come out on the other side. "5.) There is a difference between jumping and falling:) I think one involves fear and one does not. What a great lesson to teach your kids and remember yourself! 6.) He wanted to keep Jesus in his pocket and discovered that Jesus could swim. 7.) Forgiveness of all.

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  • Robert
  • 2019-08-04

Best memoir I’ve read in a long time

A funny, poignant story of a boy coming to grips with being raised in a home with an alcoholic father. Corn is a master story teller and this book is a page turner. I highly recommend it. I loved it.

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  • Lizzystick
  • 2019-01-15

My mom loved this book but...

This is a book of anecdotes that are sometimes amusing, sad or heart warning. I think the biggest problem with the book is the author reading it...I tried to speed it a bit up but that didn't work. I started to think "where is this going?. It wasn't awful just not my cup of tea.

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  • Edgar W Wulf
  • 2018-10-15

A must read

Delightfully funny, profoundly sad, insightful, captivating, brought back loving, ridiculous, difficult memories of childhood growing pains.

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  • K T
  • 2018-01-15

compelling and unique

I loved this book and couldn’t get enough. Listened to the whole thing in just over two days! The delivery was wonderful, and hearing the author tell his own story added to the experience. Found myself tearing up a handful of times throughout. Highly recommend!

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  • Kristi
  • 2017-03-26

Life-changing

This tops the list as probably the most inspirational book I have ever read. The story is so touching and the author does a great job reading his book. I can't recommend it highly enough.