Item description for This Is The Church by Brad A. Brown...
Overview This Is the Church... is a powerful, entertaining novel about the trials and triumphs of Our Father's Evangelical Church of Monument, California. The town's namesake is a 100-foot, Mount Rushmore-like carving of the left half of Rudolph Valentino's face from his 1921 movie, The Sheik. The main character is Ian Block, son and grandson of present and former deacons at the church. Ian tells of his very first impressions of the church, starting in the second grade, and its impact on his young life. He is greatly influenced by his fifth- and sixth-grade Sunday school teacher, the portly "Synopsis" Sid Barrington. As Ian grows up, he discovers that his adult foundation is in fact the lessons learned from his Sunday school days, especially those from Sid Barrington. From church splits to first kiss, from solving the mystery of his grandfather's defection from the church to coming to grips with mid-life, This Is the Church... touches on the life lessons flung at anyone who has ever been involved with a local church: friendships, loyalty, accountability, racism, sexuality, marriage, politics, tithing, and evangelism. This Is the Church... is also a heartfelt tribute to the backbone of the local church-the Sunday school-and to everyone who has even been, or ever will be, a committed Sunday school teacher-heroes and heroines of the twenty-first century.
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Studio: Xulon Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.1" Width: 6.08" Height: 0.64" Weight: 0.7 lbs.
Release Date Oct 1, 2003
Publisher Xulon Press
ISBN 1591605067 ISBN13 9781591605065
Availability 96 units. Availability accurate as of Mar 28, 2017 11:15.
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Reviews - What do customers think about This Is The Church?
What a start.... Oct 11, 2003
I thought this was an excellent start for a first book. I must admit I was definatly surprised but also highly impressed. I cant wait to read the next one. I have been a friend of the family my whole life and I have seen Mr. Brown and how hard he has worked on this wonderful accomplishment. Brad were all proud of you...
Very Engaging Jun 10, 2003
If you have spent any time at all "growing up" in the local church, you will love this book. The story literally draws you in and reminds you of your own unique situations sitting in, or teaching your own sunday school class, and the valuable lessons God has taught us all in spite of the strengths and weaknesses of the church. I would have given it 5 stars, but in my book that is reserved for the "masters", CS Lewis and PG Wodehouse, however, Mr. Brown is off to a great start!
Author's review Apr 18, 2003
Thank you for taking the time to read my first novel, "This Is The Church..."! It was quite the exhilarating 3 month experience writing down the trials and tribulations of Our Father's Evangelical Church. I put my whole heart into the endeavor and gave the book everything I had as a writer (and illustrator!). If the book feels fresh and real it is because a good dose of the situations are gleaned from real-life experiences-direct or indirect. To that end, any affirmation should go directly to God himself, who presides in detail over all of our real-life experiences-for our greater good, and His greater glory! And to the Sunday School program that has lit the fuse of victorious Christian walks for millions. There is nothing quite like "This Is The Church.." on the bookshelves today-I have checked! If the book does well enough, I have three more novels outlined that I would like to write as I continue recording the adventures of my alter-ego, Ian Block, as he encounters life as it is served in the fictitious Southern California town of Monument. Enjoy!