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Glory land : a memoir of a lifetime in church
Cryderman, Lyn.
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Grand Rapids, Mich. : Zondervan, [1999]

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175 pages ; 23 cm
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BX8495.C78 A3 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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A little boy sang in Sunday school, "I've got a home in glory land that outshines the sun...". The boy grew up to be a father, a husband, and a busy man with a career. Do the echoes of that Sunday school song still reverberate in his life? Do they still have meaning, now that he's an adult?

Meet Lyn Cryderman. And go back in time with him to that long ago Sunday when millions of children were being taught "Jesus loves me, this I know...". This warm, funny, and encouraging memoir looks fondly and humorously at the lessons we learned in Sunday school so long ago.

And it asks what those lessons mean to us today. Does "Trust and Obey" still work when our teenagers openly question the faith that we desperately want to pass on to them? Did the chalk artists and magicians and college quartets and visiting missionaries give us enough spiritual grit to weather the storms of adulthood at the end of the millennium?

Glory Land reminds the reader that the teachings of the faith are timeless and that we must hold fast to the basic, universal truths we were introduced to in the churches of our childhood. This wise, wonderful, and witty memoir reminds us that God's truth can always be trusted, no matter how times change.

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Publisher's Weekly Review

Many spiritual memoirs recount a prodigal's return to the fold of a particular religious tradition after many years of wandering in an irreligious wilderness. Cryderman's spiritual memoir, though, is a portrait of a life lived in the hallways and pews, Sunday schools and church camps of the Free Methodist Church. The son of a pastor and missionary, Cryderman, associate publisher at Zondervan, called the churches of his youth his second home; he attended their services on Sunday mornings, Sunday nights and Wednesday nights. Although he admits that he can't say he always wanted to be there when the church doors opened, the author acknowledges that his years of church attendanceÄhe figures he has attended church 2100 of the 2600 Sundays he has been aliveÄhave given him a "small and imperfect view of heaven." Drawing on hilarious anecdotes from his years in church, he recalls how the hymns he learned, the Scriptures he memorized and the chalk talks of Sunday school implanted in him a deep love for God and church. In fact, Cryderman says that the hymn singings and the testimony services made "Sunday nights worth missing The Wonderful World of Disney." The love, trust and security he experienced and witnessed in his social church life deeply shaped Cryderman's personal religious life. Even today, when he asks himself why he bothers to keep going to church, he says the answer is simple: "I keep going to church because I need what it gives me. A family. A sense of belonging to something so big it can't be contained." Cryderman's humorous and engaging memoir will strike a chord with all those who spent their summer evenings singing "Leaning on the Everlasting Arms" and falling in love with both Jesus and a fellow camper. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved