Cron, Ian Morgan. Jesus. My Father, The CIA, and Me. A memoir of sorts. Thomas Nelson. 2011.
I.C.- an Episcopal priest, speaker, and acclaimed author.
It just so happens (co-incidence) that the last two books I read were biographies (memoirs). The stories, however, are quite different. Rudy talked about his growing up years in a Christian, Anabaptist family with a solid family environment. Ian’s family was nominally Catholic with a limited religious influence. His father was an alcoholic and this brought ongoing tension to the family atmosphere. Both stories are well written and are filled with valuable life lessons.
Ian experienced some very meaningful spiritual moments as a young boy when he served as an altar boy and experienced his first Communion. The alcoholism of his father cast a huge shadow over Ian’s life.
The involvement of Ian’s father with the CIA was always a great mystery to Ian and added actual stress to the family relationship. His mother was able to provide for the family when the father became unemployable. Miraculously the family did not disintegrate through all these challenges.
The journey that ended up for Ian as an Episcopal priest makes for some very interesting reading. To borrow from some of the ‘endorsements’ of the book, this book is “a compelling story. You don’t read the book, it reads you, and it is a testimony of the unfinished business of grace.”