A touching, funny memoir of growing up in St. Petersburg, Florida, in a household, school, and town of flourishing Biblical literalism
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When Christine Rosen started kindergarten, her ABCs
included the Apocalypse, the Bible, and Christ. At Keswick
Christian School "the Bible was our textbook," God the
guide, and after entering the school gates, nothing was
ever quite the same again. Christine learned creation
science, dreamed of becoming a missionary to exotic
countries, worried about the souls of Jews and Mormons, and
experienced unusual methods of sex education. With the
threat of nuclear annihilation at the hands of atheistic
Russians looming, she also frequently prayed for rapture.
At home, Florida life seemed happily to confirm several
literal truths: the story of Moses, with its plagues that
afflicted the Egyptians-from lice, to rivers of stinking
dead fish, to hordes of frogs-might have been describing
Christine's back yard.
My Fundamentalist Education is a brilliant, affectionate,
child's-eye journey to Rosen's home, school and small town.
Set in a time and place when the Living Bible outsold The
Joy of Sex, during a girlhood lived as the Lord intended,
among the tropical flora and fauna of Florida, its
televangelists, irascible elderly, and itinerant preachers,
Christine Rosen and her sister, Cathy, uncover the not
always godly but surely divine secrets of a Hallelujah-ya
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