Reading: JESUS, MY FATHER, THE CIA, AND ME

According to the brief biographical blurb at the end of the book, Ian Cron is an Episcopal priest, speaker, and author.  But none of these characterizations find much prominence in Jesus, My Father, The CIA, And Me.  Instead the book is a beautifully honest look at life from Cron's perspective as the son of a distant, drunkard father and, in the latter portions, as an ill-equipped, fearful dad of three.  Reading it was a staggeringly emotional experience and I found myself fighting back tears in random coffee shops on more than one occasion.  Cron is gifted with his words and has a unique knack for well-paced narration.  He displays great artistry in navigating us through the story, with its many vast sweeping emotional landscapes, without ever losing its center.  I would highly recommend this book to anyone looking for something honest, heartbreaking, and hopeful. Shame, the belief that God regrets creating you, is like a weather pattern that descends upon a mountain.  I once believed I was the weather.  Turns out, I am the mountain.  - Ian Cron (Jesus, My Father, The CIA, And Me)