Jesus, my father, the CIA, and me – by Ian Cron

Jesus, my father, the CIA, and me
A memoir… of sorts

by Ian Morgan Cron
E-Book edition, Thomas Nelson, 2011


In this book, Ian Cron writes a powerful and engaging memoir of growing up with an alcoholic father who worked for the CIA, and his own journey of faith.

Cron writes with wonderful wit and humour, describing his entirely dysfunctional and unconventional family and childhood without getting sentimental or melodramatic. He weaves together his journey of faith, from his first communion as a schoolboy, to his rejection of faith as he grew up, through to his unlikely regaining of it in college and his own struggle with alcoholism during his college years and beyond. It is a very moving, and at times, tragic, account of someone trying to gain the love of a father* constrained by his own demons, but which sees the thread of God’s providence and plan throughout some truly horrific situations. There were times when Cron echoed the sentiments we hear so often:

I wasn’t a kid who had read a Sartre novel in Honors English and decided it would be hip to become an atheist. I believed that God had betrayed me, that our estrangement was his fault. As a child I’d loved God not because I’d wanted things from him I’d loved him just for who he was. My affection was disinterested. Despite that unqualified love, he’d abandoned me. It was Jesus who deserved to hear the cock crow three times, not me.

Despite his disbelief and antagonism towards God, God drew him back to himself and began to heal the wounds that his alcoholic father had inflicted.

At its heart, it is a painfully honest story of redemption, and of a son and his father which brought me to tears and to laughter. A most thoroughly enjoyable, challenging and uplifting book; a story that should be honoured, and deserves to be read.

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* Having recently preached on the two sons in Luke 15 (commonly known as the prodigal son) it was fascinating to see the way he tried both the rebellious and then the ‘good son’ approach in an attempt to win his father’s love, and ultimately to see the way he realised his true identity and unconditional sonship in God the Father.

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