“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 book is the record of that voyage.”
When he was sixteen years old, Ian Morgan Cron was told about his father’s clandestine work with the CIA. This astonishing revelation, coupled with his father’s 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 extremes—privilege and poverty, violence and tenderness, truth and deceit—that he’s 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.
About The Author:
Ian Morgan Cron is an Episcopal priest, speaker, and the acclaimed author of Chasing Francis: A Pilgrim's Tale. His literary debut received accolades from the Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams, Brian McLaren, Fr Richard Rohr, Phyllis Tickle, Tony Campolo, Brennan Manning, and artist Makoto Fujimura. Ian is currently the Curator of the Conversations on Courage and Faith Series at Christ Episcopal Church in Greenwich, CT and a doctoral student at Fordham University, where he is studying Christian Spirituality. He enjoys reading, hiking, traveling, and kayaking. Ian and his wife have three children and divide their year between homes in Connecticut and Tennessee.
As I read through Jesus, My Father, The CIA and Me: A Memoir...Of Sorts, I was taken on a journey of a young man as he dealt with a number of issues during his most trying time, adolescence. He dealt with a volatile relationship with his father, his father's alcoholism, the angst of teenage years and more. But through it all the message is clear, that God can make the impossible, possible. Even when we don't think He is near, He is.
Much of the book was difficult to read, as you never want to hear of a parent/child relationship being difficult, but it was written in such poignant, raw, authentic manner, that this was a book, that just could not be put down. A fascinating read all around.
If you are looking for a must read book this summer, Jesus, My Father, The CIA and Me: A Memoir...of Sorts is such a book. Not an easy read to be sure, but an intriguing one and a must-read one!
I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up!
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