Imagine your father, a stockbroker, has a surprise secret you discover when you’re 16. He is, in fact, not a stockbroker, but a CIA agent. His father who also happened to be an alcoholic. His father who led his family through wealth and poverty, wealth and poverty again. That is what this story is about — but it’s also about so much more. It’s about Cron’s own journey as his father’s son, and as his Father’s son, his coming to terms with his dad’s story. This is Cron’s story of his own redemption and the grace he found in his life and how he came to know Jesus.
This is a really fantastic book, simply put.
Cron slips back and forth between the present and the past, telling us his both his father’s story and his own. I am a huge fan of this technique, and it works so well with Cron’s story. Going back and forth allowed me to put the pieces of the story together, and again, a non-linear storyline forces me to really focus on what I’m reading. Cron’s story was interesting and funny enough as it was, but I loved that I couldn’t just speed through it.
And that’s the thing — this book had a great humor to it. Cron had every right and reason to be angry — deception and disease in your family when you are young sometimes leaves you that way — but has made peace with the life he has lived and instead of coming across bitter and angry, he comes across as raw and honest and funny. I couldn’t help but laugh several times throughout the book, and that made his message of God’s goodness and grace and His desire to have a relationship with everyone even more poignant. If God can help this man keep his humor, then there is hope for me, too.
I recommend this to anyone who is interested in memories and biographies, especially unique ones that haven’t been done before. I thought this was a great take on an unusual childhood.
I received this book for free from BookSneeze in exchange for a review. I was not asked to make a positive review, only an honest one.