Jesus, My Father, The CIA, and Me by Ian Morgan Cron

Anything with the mysterious CIA in it tends to get your attention. This book did. It does tell about some of the mysteries of his dad’s life and how that added to his confusion growing up.

Mr. Cron’s story is somewhat of a coming-to-age book with extreme honesty. He tells stories of events that happened in his life that were very painful, laugh-till-you-cry, and all in between.

He tells stories of his mother taking the children on a roller coaster ride, a car ride with his family in a beat-up junker, and so many absolutely funny stories that it had me laughing so hard I was crying.

Then there were stories that had me just crying. Ones of growing up that were very painful, the relationship he wanted so very much from a father who couldn’t give it to him, and how he dealt with that.

This book is not for young children. It is too honest for that. You’ll have to read it to decide. He is clear about things he did that weren’t too great, things others did that weren’t too great, and things he learned from all of that. It might be an interesting book for a teen who likes biographies.

He also tells his journey through to parenthood and how his life growing up affected that, as it always does in some way.

This is a spiritual journey. So, it does talk about spiritual things. It is not only a journey of growing up and the relationship he wished he had with his father, it is also a journey of growing up and into his relationship with Jesus. The thoughts he shares in this category are raw and honest as well.

If you want to read a story that makes you feel like you found someone’s diary and are reading it without permission, you will enjoy this book. It does make you feel like you’re getting insight into a person that is deeper than perhaps even your friends.

The author goes deep, and I think you will appreciate his story if you had a difficult time growing up, or if you want to understand someone who did, and if you want to see someone’s spiritual journey from a very unusual point of view.

The book’s chapters begin with quotes that are interesting, sometimes funny. One I liked a lot was:

If God wanted a world filled with saints, he never would have created adolescence –Susan Beth Pfeffer

These added to the book’s chapters and helped to introduce the next phase as he went along.

I purchased this book at a local bookstore.