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Son of a Preacher Man: My Search for Grace in the Shadows

Son of a Preacher Man: My Search for Grace in the Shadows


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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

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Daughter of a preacher man

My brother just got married a couple months ago, they played the old song "Son of a Preacher Man" at the reception, so when I saw the title of this book it really caught my eye. I grew up as a preacher's kid, so I can relate, but only slightly, to what Jay went through growing up. Though, the whole country never hated my dad.One lesson that must be learned from this book is that we must learn to love. The "American church" has gotten so far off in that area. We must remember that all preachers, pastors, evangelists, teachers, yes, and even apostles and prophets, are also just human and therefore make mistakes. But God is willing to forgive them when they repent, so what gives us the right to stop loving and start hating? What gives us the right to not forgive?This book was actually the first time I have heard anything positive about Jim Bakker since all these things happened in the 80's when I was a small child. That in itself shows that the American church is in trouble - We need a revolution in the church!!!

One of the best REAL religious books I have read

Heard Terry Gross on Fresh Air on National Public Radio (NPR) interview Jay Bakker on February 1 2001 and had to pull over and park so I could take in the whole interview, because it was the best interview of a "Christian" I had ever heard. And this is a book that everyone Christian or Jew, Buddhism or Agnostic will appreciate. It is NOT a holier than thou book, which I am so thankful for. Thanks to Terry Gross for having the author on. Check out NRP's website and read/hear the whole interview and I guarantee that most people will want to buy this book. It is a book that made me cry and in the end it made me throw high 5's in the air. I was cheering the author on and celebrating his journey out of the wilderness.


What a blessing to see the story through a young boys eyes rather than the media's. I was really moved and brought to tears at the story, To hear what he is doing today and the love he has for all is wonderful! Jay Bakker is a true man of God.

Finding The Way Home

This book is a must for ANYONE. Whether you were fans of the Bakker family or scoffed at them after the scandal,this book will open up your mind,heart and spirit. Jay is brutally honest about his life experiences and his feelings toward some Christians. He challenges the church to rise up from its comfort zone and help those who are truly lost and those who need the unconditional love of Christ. Very bold and very well written.This book helped and inspired me and I encourage everyone,young or old,Christian or not,to read it. GREAT BOOK!

Inspirational and Moving

This was the most insprirational and moving book I've ever read. It really touched my heart and caused me to think... and to pray. There are people in the world today who need to know the unconditional love of Jesus Christ, not the conditional love of religion. We must stop judging people because they don't look and act exactly like we do. We must look at people through God's eyes and see the potential of who He made them to be. We must be willing to forgive as Christ forgave. We must turn our backs on religion and learn to be followers of Christ. Jay's story was so moving, I found myself choking back tears on the plane as I finished reading it. This book is well-written. It points out the flaws of the church in general, but does not do so out of bitterness, only out of concern. Read it. It will move you, too.

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