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Jesusland (2005)

av Julia Scheeres

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Biography & Autobiography. Nonfiction. HTML:"A page turner...heart??stopping and enraging...focused, justified, and without a trace of self??pity. Shot through with poignancy." ??New York Times Book Review
Over a decade after its first publication, Jesus Land remains deeply resonant with readers. Now with a new preface by the author, this New York Times bestselling memoir is a gripping tale of rage and redemption, hope and humor, morality and malice??and most of all, the truth: that being a good person takes more than just going to church.
Julia and her adopted brother, David, are sixteen years old. Julia is white. David is black. It is the mid??1980s and their family has just moved to rural Indiana, a landscape of cottonwood trees, trailer parks, and an all??encompassing racism. At home are a distant mother??more involved with her church's missionaries than her own children??and a violent father. In this riveting and heartrending memoir Julia Scheeres takes us from the Midwest to a place beyond imagining. Surrounded by natural beauty, Escuela Caribe??a religious reform school in the Dominican Republic??is characterized by a disciplinary regime that extracts repentance from its students by any means necessary. Julia and David strive to make it through these ordeals and their tale is relayed here with startling immediacy,
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It took me a couple days to actually get into this book but once I did I couldnt put it down. It was sometimes unbelievable that this was a memoir! The torment and torture that children were put through in inconceivable....and to know that this particular thing is still going on in the Dominican Republic is appalling! ( )
  SRQlover | Jul 18, 2023 |
I can only give this 4 stars because of the pain it caused my soul. I am sensitive to tales of mental torture and anguish caused to humans, particularly when it is inflicted for no good reason. And this memoir is rife with it: racism, family violence, sexual exploitation, and of course, religion. I suppose I should be astonished by the resilience of the human spirit in the face of such terrible injustices, but I can only think that "what doesn't kill us makes us stronger" is bullshit. We shouldn't have to gain strength through such violent adversity. Surely we can be strong, whole, healthy people without having to endure abuse and pain? I had a pretty soft upbringing in comparison to Julia Scheeres: my parents love me, nobody ever tried to force me to do or believe anything I didn't want to do or believe, nobody injured my body or my soul. And yet I have turned out to be a strong and smart person, without being subjected to exile and alienation from my family. This book is painful but gripping-- I pretty much had to read through it in order to convince myself that people are essentially good. I more or less succeeded.
  karenchase | Jun 14, 2023 |
You know, I could almost give this book a heart because I could NOT put it down. It's compulsively readable.

Julia tells us about her unique childhood being raised by very strict Christian parents in the Midwest. Her parents have four children of their own, and they adopt two African American boys. One of the African American boys, David, is the same age as Julia, and this memoir relates their story of growing up together as siblings.

Unfortunately, this tale is not a pretty one. Julia's parents are largely absent, in the case of the father, physically, and in the case of the mother, emotionally. Julia and David truly only have each other, and even their relationship is under a lot of stress as their parents treat them differently, and David struggles as one of the only African Americans at his school.

This memoir is to some degree in the same vein as Mommy Dearest or Dave Pelzer's books. Not quite as graphic and horrible - - but definitely the situation is not good, and you feel Julia's pain throughout the story. The parents really seem to have NO redeeming qualities whatsoever . . .so I didn't find it quite as strong as The Glass Castle where the writing really goes so far beyond a mere characterization and really develops the family dynamics.

Nonetheless, Jesus Land is pretty gripping. You want so badly for things to take a turn for the better for these two children. Unfortunately, things by and large get grimmer and grimmer . . .but underneath all the pain, Julia and David's love and loyalty to one another takes center stage and makes the book more than a parent bashing session.

For those of you who do not like much in the way of sexual content, it should be noted that there is some here. Not unduly graphic and not gratuitous - - but it's there. ( )
  Anita_Pomerantz | Mar 23, 2023 |
A haunting story about the evils some parents inflict on their children in the name of religion ( )
  acdha | Mar 21, 2023 |
It never crossed my mind that this was unrealistic, some people just deal with a lot of shit. I liked it. ( )
  ninagl | Jan 7, 2023 |
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Released in UK as Another Hour on a Sunday Morning (2005)
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Biography & Autobiography. Nonfiction. HTML:"A page turner...heart??stopping and enraging...focused, justified, and without a trace of self??pity. Shot through with poignancy." ??New York Times Book Review
Over a decade after its first publication, Jesus Land remains deeply resonant with readers. Now with a new preface by the author, this New York Times bestselling memoir is a gripping tale of rage and redemption, hope and humor, morality and malice??and most of all, the truth: that being a good person takes more than just going to church.
Julia and her adopted brother, David, are sixteen years old. Julia is white. David is black. It is the mid??1980s and their family has just moved to rural Indiana, a landscape of cottonwood trees, trailer parks, and an all??encompassing racism. At home are a distant mother??more involved with her church's missionaries than her own children??and a violent father. In this riveting and heartrending memoir Julia Scheeres takes us from the Midwest to a place beyond imagining. Surrounded by natural beauty, Escuela Caribe??a religious reform school in the Dominican Republic??is characterized by a disciplinary regime that extracts repentance from its students by any means necessary. Julia and David strive to make it through these ordeals and their tale is relayed here with startling immediacy,

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