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Book Spotlight: "Jesus, My Father, the CIA, and Me"
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Ian Morgan Cron’s childhood was shaped by three major adults in his life — an alcoholic father who was a spy; a distracted mother, busy trying to support the family; and a warm and nurturing nanny in powder-blue cat-eye glasses. Today an Episcopal priest and author, Cron introduces these major figures from his young life in the poignant autobiographical account Jesus, My Father, the CIA, and Me: A Memoir... of Sorts, a narrative that is, in turns, heartbreaking, tender and funny.

Cron was 16 when he was told about his father’s clandestine work with the CIA. Cron’s father, who lacked the ability to take care of his family, continued a long slide into depression and alcoholism. Decades later, as Cron grew up to be an adult with his own struggles, he came to realize that the only way to find peace was to revisit painful childhood memories he’d spent years trying to forget.

“This is a record of my life as I remember it,” Cron writes in the introduction. “But more importantly, as I felt it.” However, more than merely the personal story of one man’s journey to faith and forgiveness, Jesus, My Father, the CIA, and Me also connects with readers in a universal way as Cron shares how we are all cut from the same cloth — stitched by faith into an exquisite quilt of grace. Jesus, My Father, the CIA, and Me  will make readers cry and then laugh in turns, all the while offering genuine encouragement in this account of overcoming the obstacles of life through the power of God.