Book Reviews of Jesus Land

Jesus Land
Jesus Land
Author: Julia Scheeres
ISBN-13: 9780739462133
ISBN-10: 073946213X
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 355
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.

4 stars, based on 38 ratings
Publisher: Counterpoint
Book Type: Paperback
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I found this book to be a very good read; however, I will warn - it is quite depressing. I consider myself to be an eternal optimist, but this book really threw me for a loop. I had no idea it would be so sad, especially from the reviews that I had read. Either way, it's an excellent book, and I am glad I read it!
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Oh my gosh! I read this in two days. Undoubtedly THE most depressing book I have ever read! Maybe it just hit too close to home for me since my son is African American, but how in God's name anyone could mistreat, hurt and BEAT children like those supposed "parents" did is beyond me. Poor David - what a horrid, sorrowful life that child had, and despite it all, he remained hopeful and relatively cheerful. It broke my heart. That this was done in the name of religion is abhorrent. That this goes on today in the name of religion is even more abhorrent. I am absolutely SICK from reading this. I will repost it, get rid of it and try to erase its horror from my mind, but I doubt I will ever be able to.
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This book was a great read and shows how people hide behind the mask of being "religious" to do horrible things to their children.
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"Jesus Land" is an extraordinary memoir not just for the jaw-dropping tale it depicts, but for the wit, honesty, and literary courage within its pages. This book will make readers think of "The Liars' Club and Bastard Out of Carolina", but there's nothing derivative in it. For all its hardship and terror, it is above all a love story. Julia Scheeres is the real thing, and this a book that should last for a long, long time" By Tom Barbash, author of the The Last Good Chance and On Top of the World.
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A brilliant, sorrow-filled, race-tangled memoir. This book will break your heart and mend it again.
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This book reveals much about some so-called Christians.
I was upset about some of the contents, but it is worth reading if you are interested in "religious nuts."
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this is an amazing and stirring book. I was unable to put it down. This book moved me quite a bit.
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Moving and memorable.
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A beautifully written memoir that will keep you in your seat from the first page. I was blown away!
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It was a very different memoir. But i ended up really liking it.
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This is a great book about family, racism, and the unfortunate hypocrisy of conservative religious culture. Honestly, this book surprised me immensely. One of the best "sleeper" reads from the past year.
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This book mesmerized me and horrified me at the same time! Such "upright" Christian parents on the outside but behind closed doors, they were nothing but child abusers! The emotional and physical pain that those kids went through was unconscienable. I also didn't like certain aspects of the mother's ease of "washing her hands" of the children once they left was like her duties of motherhood ended there! I would recommend it as a good read but it's theme is overall depressing because you feel so bad for the kids!
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When I originally picked up this book I thought it was going to be super religious. Boy, was I wrong! this book is a really good book while some part are a bit religious is def equals out with all the "sinful" things.
I absolutely couldn't put this book down.

Its an inspiring, happy yet heartbreaking story of two young kids of different races who had to survive the struggle of having very reliqious parents.

I recommend!!
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An awesome memoir. An emotional read. This is one of my favorite books!