Category Archives: Family

Jesus, My Father, the CIA and Me By Ian Morgan Cron

JesusFatherCIAMeReading is one of my passions in life. I usually have half a dozen books going at the same time, each one getting a little space in various corners of my mind at the same time. Jesus, My Father, the CIA and Me was an exception. For one book to knock the rest to the side until it is finished is very unusual for me but that was exactly what happened with this book. The book is the story of Ian’s life and coming to grips with an emotionally distant and alcoholic father and the difficulties he faced not just as a child in that environment but as an adult trying to bury his feelings and past hurts. I just have to say this is one of the best written and most engaging books I have read in a long time. His use of anecdotes, allegory and alliteration are second to none…honestly, I can’t remember any alliteration in the book but it just rounded out the list so nicely. He has a way of telling a story with so much description and colorful language that it either leaves you laughing or crying (often experiencing both within a few minutes of each other).

There are several groups of people who would benefit greatly from this book:: 1) Guys…this book will help you understand emotional disconnects with your parents and unearth feelings that you never knew were there (covered 49% of the population in one swipe). If you are in the remaining 51% who would benefit from this book you are either 2) Wife of an alcoholic…there are moments in the book where Ian’s mother takes center stage in how she had to deal with the fallout of her husbands addiction. 3) Anyone struggling with alcoholism or struggling through family systems of co-dependency. 4) Therapists…this book has systems theory in spades and would make a great case study supplement to the book Codependent no more.

Maybe a flowchart of who would benefit from this book would have been better. I just finished this book yesterday and have already recommended it to half a dozen people…so now I am recommending it to you.

Imitating Christ Doesn’t Mean We Do it Perfectly

One of the joys and horrors of having kids is to see them imitate you. There are times when kid’s imitation is the cutest thing ever and there are times their imitation teaches you a lot about yourself and things you need to change. I love seeing my boys play with their tools. They getContinue Reading

God, Superheros and Kids

Last week, Missy was in Walgreens with the boys. Jonah had on a superman cape and caught the attention of several of the shoppers. One guy walked up and said, “He has a superman cape on” as if Missy would have been unaware of this until pointed out by a total stranger. When you haveContinue Reading

Disney World and Longing for Heaven

As a parent of a two year old and a four year old, I can’t exactly say that everything about the last few days we spent at Disney reminded me of heaven. The heat, aggravated people, and cost of it all might just call to mind another place quite opposite of heaven. But in allContinue Reading

The Joy of Kids

Yesterday Jonah told me he wanted to be a pirate. He brought his red cape to me and asked if I would tie it around his head. He then made a makeshift sword and started saying “Arrrrr…” Then Elijah got in on the act. He put on a Santa Claus hat and told me heContinue Reading

Elijah and His Accessories

Our two year old son Elijah is all about standing out in the crowd. He knows how to get a smile and he will do whatever it takes to get one. Going out in public with him is always an experience. A few months ago Jonah, Elijah and I were going to Best Buy. AsContinue Reading

Two Posts You Should Read by Dan Bouchelle & Ben Witherington

The first is by Dan Bouchelle about ministers and how they “Willingly Walk into a World of Pain“. The stories he tells are honest, touching and will give you a whole new appreciation for your minister. The second is by Ben Witheringon, “Family First – Not a Biblical Viewpoint“. I wrestled with this post. IContinue Reading

Do You Tell Your Kids The Gifts Come From Santa Claus?

Missy and I have been talking about what to tell our boys about Santa Claus. So far the consensus has been that we would rather them know that their parents are the ones giving them the gifts rather than a mysterious stranger named Santa. What is more, we would like more of a focus onContinue Reading

Stuff I Love

I love my wife and kids. I love coming home to them and yell out Extreme Makeover Home Edition Style, “Hello friends and family” and then get all kinds of hugs and kisses. I love when our Sunday worship goes up a few levels of volume and there is no doubt God is being praisedContinue Reading

Ephesians 5 – Husbands, Wives, and Mutual Submission?

I am in the process of writing small group curriculum for Paul’s prison letters. The text in focus right now is Ephesians 5:21-6:24 and part of that is Paul’s “household code.” Paul mentions three sets of relationships in chapters 5 & 6 that each have two parts: husbands & wives, children & parents, slaves &Continue Reading

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