Choices and consequences
John Fear was born into a religious sect known as the Exclusive Brethren. This sheltered him from the outside world as he grew up, but could not hide him from its influences. A struggle began in his mind that led him to leave the Brethren, along with his young family.
Rather than reacting as many do and totally abandoning any belief system, John remained true to his convictions and continued a strongly religious way of life. Still serving God he worked in many places throughout the world, rubbing shoulders with famous people such as Billy Graham, Mother Teresa and Cliff Richard.
The writing style of this book is dynamic and engaging. John’s personality shines through and he paints an insightful account of his personal life and surrounding historical events. This account is not a sensationalised expose of the Exclusive Brethren. Instead, it follows one man’s life journey and is brought to life through his diary entries and family letters.
This beautifully edited book is more than a memoir. It is a delightful mix of history, social customs, travel and belief. An honest, personal and emotive account of how religion can touch and shape a person’s life – forever.
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“I never consider it a mere co-incidence when I come across a memoir like this!”
I do not consider it merely a co-incidence that I found out about this book from the “We Love Memoirs” group on FaceBook. Having been in a strict fundamentalist Christian group for many years and having left it many years ago, I still have pieces to my spiritual puzzle that are missing. Reading Robert Fear’s beautifully edited memoir written by his father, John Fear, helped me to put another piece in my puzzle. People in strict religious sects or cults frequently feel that when bad things happen to them, it is chastisement from God, usually for things that are not even wrong. I found myself in this situation, and reading this memoir helped me to realize that this is a typical feeling. So I recommend this memoir to anybody who is in, or who has been in, a strict religious sect. John Fear eventually left his strict sect for a much less strict one, and although welcomed, found himself to be very critical, even to feeling spiritually superior. I have had this experience as well. What is beautiful about this memoir is that John Fear was not bitter toward his former religious sect, only sorry that he lost contact with precious family members due to leaving it. John Fear went on to serve God with the Billy Graham organization and ended up traveling all over the world in this capacity. The memoir is not just a religious one, however. John Fear recounts his early years growing up in wartime Britain, and it was very interesting to read. I highly recommend this beautiful memoir by this highly accomplished English gentleman and learning about his equally accomplished children, his sweet wife who stood by him for so many years, and his unshakable faith in God. Five stars!