Book Review: Jesus, My Father, the CIA and Me: A memoir … of sorts – by Ian Morgan Cron

Book: Jesus, My Father, the CIA, And Me: A memoir… of sorts
Author: Ian Morgan Cron
Genre: Biography, Christian
Pages: 257, paperback
Price: $15.99 US
Released: May 2011
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
My Rating: Oh my! Captivating, even in the hard places.

I received a copy of Jesus, My Father, the CIA, And Me: A memoir… of sorts  from Book Sneeze in exchange for a review.

This book was hard to put down even when I absolutely had to. It was with caution that I started reading, not knowing what to expect after having read someone’s introduction – but by the time I was into chapter two there was no stopping.

Ian Cron writes with such seeming honesty and transparency that the reader can feel his grief, his triumphs, his struggles. I winced in places, feeling sorrow for his pain, and laughed out loud where he unexpectedly injected humour.

He writes about his tumultuous growing up years – as he remembers it – with his secretive alcoholic father and his proper, lovely mother who tried to protect him. He writes about his own fall into a life of addiction, patterned unwittingly after his father. And he writes about his deep love for God, his anger toward Jesus when all he wants is for his own father to love him, and the discoveries of the truth about both his father and Jesus. Truths that change his life.

What bothered me about this book was the author’s flippant attitude toward God, his apparent lack of reverence as if God owed him something. I’m not sure what Ian Morgan Cron was attempting to do, but knowing that he eventually became a priest caused me to feel alarm about the negative way he talked about the Bible and Jesus. My hope is that he was simply expressing the feelings he had early in his spiritual journey, which are probably the questions of many in their search for Truth.

Having said that, this is a story that pulled me in and held me there right to the end; such an enjoyable read that is different from any out there.

Do you like reading biographies?  This one is a definite change of pace.

You can find Jesus, My Father, the CIA, And Me: A memoir… of sorts listed on my BUY THE BOOK! page.

Thanks for reading, and … Creative Musings!  🙂


6 responses to “Book Review: Jesus, My Father, the CIA and Me: A memoir … of sorts – by Ian Morgan Cron

  1. Thank you for the book review. I have reasons for wanting to read it. I wouldn’t care for a flippant attitude toward God. Well, flippant I could live with, but negative, not sure. I am putting it on my wish list for now. I’ll wait for a nudge from the LORD one way or the other. Thank you for an honest review. Blessings to you…


    • Thank you for faithfully visiting my blog and for enjoying my reviews, Carol Ann. If you get to read this book I think you will enjoy it.
      Blessings. 🙂


  2. Hi,
    Thanks for taking the time to read my book and for posting such a kind review. It really means a lot to me when people go the extra mile to share their thoughts and feelings about my work and recommend it to others.

    BTW I think what you heard as flippant was actually masked anger, disappointment expressed in sarcasm, which is what I did in those days.


    Ian Morgan Cron

    PS: Would you consider posting your review of the book on Amazon if you haven’t already? I can’t tell you how helpful it is for getting word out about the book!


    • Hi Ian,

      Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving a comment. It’s always nice to get some feedback, as you know.

      I enjoyed your book very much, and I appreciate your explanation of the parts I was worried about. 🙂 I can see that now that you clarified.
      Just so you know, I had already posted this review on Book Sneeze and Amazon. I’ll make mention of it again on Twitter, and also on Library Thing.



      • I also thank Ian Morgan Cron for clarification. I had a period in my life that tried me hard. I became angry at God and very confrontational in my relationship with him for a time until He won me over with His unfailing love. I have already put this book on my wish list at Amazon. I’ll definitely have to read it after such a fine review. Blessings to you and the author…


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