A Sugary Frosting: A Memoir of A Girlhood Spent in a Parsonage and How I Survived Being a Preacher’s Kid (The Cancer Books Book 2)
A Sugary Frosting / A Memoir of A Girlhood Spent in a Parsonage and How I Survived Being a Preacher’s Kid
This memoir reveals an underside of being a preacher’s kid, a public role that is rife with challenges of supporting your minister father and your minister’s-wife mother and of becoming yourself, a person they may not have expected their household to have produced. Relationships in this memoir are portrayed honestly and sometimes not flatteringly. A Sugary Frosting, a phrase derived from Martha Blowen’s journals, is a memoir of surviving religious idealism and inherited belief to undertake to become one’s self.
WHAT READERS HAVE SAID
~ The writing is engaging and the story flows seamlessly. I read this in two sittings and was anxious to get back it. I highly recommend this… — Kathleen Pooler
~ A delightful walk down memory lane — Joyce Garofalo
~ an entertaining and soul-searching memoir. —Martin Swinger
~ a seamlessly written memoir … engaging, entertaining and educational … I highly recommend it as a fine example to anyone who may be thinking about writing their own memoir. — Joy A. Lorton
~ …excellent job of honoring the stories of his late wife’s early life… — Sami Swan Thompson
~ The best description I have ever read about being a preacher’s child occurs on pages 116 through 118 in A Sugary Frosting. —C.D. Peterson
~ a touching tribute to Martha’s memory… — Cynthia Rose Lisbon
WHAT YOU’LL ENJOY
A Sugary Frosting is a step through the 1950s and 1960s that will bring the life of those years to the fore—at least as it was lived in a parsonage.
In its pages, you will observe:
• the viciousness of the “White Church” whose members sent hate notes to the minister.
• the minister’s “cunnin’ ” little girl showing her rosebud petticoat to the church ladies.
• women going to church wearing gloves—even in summer.
• the minister’s daughter smoking pot and telling her parents it was incense.
• what it felt like to be a talented lyric soprano and not wanting to sing.
• going to the elite Milton Academy and hating it.
• being bullied by a high school teacher.
• living a life where everything had to be “nice-nice.”
• having her parents’ anti-war protests lead to being dismissed from their church
These—and more—stories, told artfully and insightfully, will keep you reading long past when you should be asleep.
In A Sugary Frosting / A Girlhood Spent in a Parsonage, the hero comes to the realization that the religious beliefs she has inherited do not fit comfortably. From early on, she wonders “What does it mean ‘to love Jesus?'” She struggles to make belief and experience mesh but as she writes, “I was too young to understand, but I knew my own experience and not my parents’ belief had to be my guide.”
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