Churched One Kid’s Journey Toward God Despite a Holy Mess is written by Matthew Paul Turner a blogger, speaker, and author. Churched details Mr. Turner’s experience growing up in a culture of fundamentalism where the Pastor often preached a healthy dose of hell fire and brimstone and gave commands to his congregation about how cut their hair and what they were to wear.

One of the goals of good writing is to draw the reader into story and show the reader how one’s story is also their story. In this book, I identified with much of what Mr. Turner experienced as a young man growing up in the Church. I even identified at the end of the book with his reflections on finding a good Church but realizing there was no perfect Church.

One of the things I appreciate about Churched is that while the author shares his experiences both positive and negative- Mr. Turner does not at the end come out against the Church even though he has some differences with the Church he grew up in.  Churched is a mature but honest look at what it means to be a Christian- passionately pursuing Christ and being in fellowship with other believers in the local Church.

Finally, the most enjoyable part of this book was the author’s humility. The author readily admits he doesn’t have all the answers and that he is learning a lot of things he didn’t know (242). Churched is an honest reflection on where Mr. Turner has been in his walk with God, and where he is now in his walk with God.

I encourage you to read Churched to love Jesus and His Church more. In doing so you will be challenged and perhaps even confronted to be more honest, authentic and humble in your walk with the Lord.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Multnomah/Waterbrook Press  as part of their Blogger Review Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commision’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”