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Review: Jesus, My Father, The CIA, and Me: A Memoir. . . of Sorts


Jesus, My Father, The CIA, and Me: A Memoir. . . of Sorts by Ian Morgan Cron 

 This memoir is about Ian Morgan Cron’s journey through life, and faith.  He shows the struggles that come with a dysfunctional family, and how he becomes apart of a different kind of family.  This book is a must read for youth pastors trying to understand why we do youth ministry.  We are youth pastors because there are millions of hurt teenagers just like Ian Cron who are looking for meaning and purpose.  

Here is one part that really stood out to me:

“What brought me back to Young Life every Tuesday were Mike and Derek.  Mike was the full-time Young Life area director.  Derek was a carpenter by day to support his work as a Young Life volunteer.  Mike was the definition of a stud.  He was an All-American lacrosse player, good-looking, and hilarious.  When he visited the student center, he’d be mobbed by throngs of kids like he was a rock star.  Derek’s appeal was more subtle: his gentle humility and his ability to be fully present to whomever he was with drew kids to him right away.  I couldn’t wait to see the two of them every week because they made me feel as if they couldn’t wait to see me…It was intoxicating to have two older med see me–I mean really see me.” 

This is what youth ministry is about.  Youth ministry is about relationships and for some reason we have become more focused in the past years on numbers and not on what is behind the numbers: people.

Jesus, My Father, The CIA, and Me: A Memoir. . . of Sorts is a book about Ian’s story, but somehow it becomes apart of your story.  This memoir is honest, humble and shows how our God is a God of grace.  This is on the list of top books I have read this past year.  I highly recommend it to anyone.  I am still blown away by Ian Morgan Cron’s journey.  


What is one of the best books you have read this past year? 










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