Book Review: Jesus, My Father, The CIA, and Me by Ian Morgan Cron


I have to say I was very excited to read this book.  Ian Cron wrote a book I reviewed earlier in the year entitled Chasing Francis, and I enjoyed his style thoroughly – I even gave the book a good review.  But the further I got into this book the more disappointed I became.

Perhaps it was my expectation from the title, but with “Jesus” as the first word I thought Jesus would play a bigger role in the book.  But I was sadly mistaken.  The book focused on the life of Ian as he grew up with an alcoholic father.  This is a story many people relate to and many books are written about, though what sets it apart for Ian is that his father works on-and-off for the CIA.  But Jesus?  He figures as a minor role in the story at best (let’s be honest – after reading the book I think his Nanny may have had a bigger influence on him that Christ), quite different than what I expected.

The writing was whimsical and I found myself laughing so hard in spots I cried, and if I was reading just any old autobiography of any person who was not claiming to be a Christian and who didn’t include the word “Jesus” in the title I would have given this book 5/5 stars – it was that enjoyable to read.  But I was looking for more spiritual insight, more discussion regarding how Ian found Christ and how that experience changed – neigh, transformed – his life.  But what I experienced were some passing references to Christ.  It gave me a greater understanding of what it must have been like to live with an alcoholic, spy father, but it in no way drew me closer to the cross.

So, regrettably, I have to give this book only 1/5 stars.

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3 thoughts on “Book Review: Jesus, My Father, The CIA, and Me by Ian Morgan Cron

  1. Hi Thomas,
    Thanks for reading my book and for posting a review. I honestly welcome constructive criticism, so I thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts. Hope you have a great summer filled with joy and hours in a hammock with great books.

    Cheers,

    Ian Morgan Cron

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