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Frank Schaeffer

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Are you tired of religion masquerading as politics & politics as religion? Frank Schaeffer is!

If you care about the future of America you can't miss the 2012 Election Year Theocracy or Democracy Speaking Tour. A Conversation that will change the National political debate for the better. Our goal is to expose the "politics" of fear-based religion infiltrating every aspect of American Politics today. Frank wants to speak to you...

For more information or to Book Frank Schaeffer Please Contact Lisa Darden: or call 240-446-1554


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FRANK SCHAEFFER is a New York Times best selling author of more than a dozen books. Frank is a survivor of both polio and an evangelical/fundamentalist childhood, an acclaimed writer who overcame severe dyslexia, a home-schooled and self-taught documentary movie director, a feature film director and producer of four low budget Hollywood features Frank has described as "pretty terrible," and a best selling author of both fiction and nonfiction.

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Frank's three semi-biographical novels about growing up in a fundamentalist mission: "Portofino," "Zermatt" and "Saving Grandma" have a worldwide following and have been translated into nine languages. Jane Smiley writing in the Washington Post(7/10/11) says of Frank's memoirs "Crazy For God" and "Sex, Mom and God": "[Schaeffer's] memoirs have a way of winning a reader's friendship... Schaeffer is a good memoirist, smart and often laugh-out-loud funny... Frank seems to have been born irreverent, but his memoirs have a serious purpose, and that is to expose the insanity and the corruption of what has become a powerful and frightening force in American politics... Frank has been straightforward and entertaining in his campaign to right the political wrongs he regrets committing in the 1970s and '80s... As someone who has made redemption his work, he has, in fact, shown amazing grace."

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Frank is a much sought after speaker and has spoken at a wide range of venues from Harvard's Kennedy School to the Hammer Museum for UCLA, Princeton University, Riverside Church Cathedral, Kansas City Public Library and many other colleges and locations. He is a frequent guest on the Rachel Maddow Show on NBC, has appeared on Oprah, been interviewed by Terri Gross on NPR's "Fresh Air" and appeared on the "Today Show" and many other media outlets. He speaks on the impact of far right religion on politics, his journey from being an Evangelical leader (who hung out with the Bush family, Jack Kemp and other Republican leaders) to being a spokesperson for progressive politics and religion.

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Author of "Sex, Mom, and God"

Sex, Mom, and God
How the Bible's Strange Take on Sex Led to Crazy Politics-
and How I Learned to Love Women (and Jesus) Anyway
By Frank Schaeffer

Growing up in L'Abri-the Swiss chalet/Christian community that his parents, Evangelicals Francis and Edith Schaeffer, ran-Frank Schaeffer was surrounded by women. Beautiful women. But the one who influenced his sexuality the most was his devout (yet "sexually extroverted") mother. While other parents read their children bedtime stories, Edith told Frank Bible stories about King David and his "one-night stand with Bathsheba."

In Sex, Mom, and God, Schaeffer paints a vivid picture of his mother-a compassionate Christian, firm in her beliefs, who was as comfortable answering her young son's many questions about Jesus as she was his many questions about sex. He offers Edith-who counseled the young unmarried women at the chalet on the kind of lingerie to wear on their wedding night in the same breath she told them how to save their eternal soul-as proof that the Bible doesn't have to make a prude out of everyone and that the religious right doesn't have the right to ruin sex for the rest of us.

Schaeffer also looks back on his youthful preoccupation with sex and the guilt he felt while trying to reconcile his feelings with his beliefs. Part memoir, part exploration of Evangelical views on issues ranging from abortion to premarital sex to contraception, Sex, Mom, and God exposes the harsh attitude that organized religion has toward women and sex, and shows us how faith and fun can actually coexist.

Frank Schaeffer is the author of the New York Times bestseller Keeping Faith, the memoir Crazy for God, and, most recently, Patience with God. He and his wife, Genie, live in Massachusetts and have three children.

June 1, 2011 Hardcover $26.00 298 Pages ISBN: 978-0-306-81928-5 Religion / Memoir

"The book shines in sections centered on Edith, a 'life-embracing free spirit'... A consummate memoirist, Schaeffer fills the narrative with interesting anecdotes... [A] book of ruminations, memories and frustrated opinion."-Kirkus Reviews

"[A] startlingly honest work, which is part memoir and part religious history... Intriguing fare." -Booklist

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Author of "Patience God"

"This book is a search for that 'something' to hold on to. I don't know if my up-and-down, hot-then-cold-then-hot-again faith in God persists because I was conditioned by my parents to see everything in spiritual terms or if faith is a choice. Either way, whatever I believe or feel, or think I feel or think I believe, it's at best flawed. Like most people, I've changed my mind before about the so-called Big Questions and will again. Opinion is a snapshot in time."-from the Prologue
Now available in paperback...
Patience with God
Faith for People Who Don't Like Religion (or Atheism)
By Frank Schaeffer

Frank Schaeffer has a problem with fundamentalist Christians. But he also has a problem with the New Atheists. And despite the obvious differences in their ideology, it's the same problem: mindsets that leave no room for questions, and even less for tolerance. He'd even argue that atheism has become a religion in itself.

In Patience with God, Schaeffer offers a middle ground for those who find right-wing evangelists as distasteful as the uber-liberal lefties who mock them. As Schaeffer explains, there are a whole bunch of people out there-Republican and Democrat-who are disgusted with the polarizing forces that exist in our nation, and who believe (or at least try to believe) in God. And there are stats to back his view, with the most recent American Religious Identification Survey showing 85% of the country adheres to some form of religion.

Despite the separation of church and state, it's clear that the U.S. is emerging from the most religiously motivated administration in its history-which enabled the New Atheism to gain popularity and voice. What better time to take a critical look at the goals and tactics of both fundamentalism/evangelism and New Atheism? But Patience with God also offers a personal look at religion (and its intersection with politics), detailing Schaeffer's own on-again, off-again relationship with God as he went from helping his father, Francis Schaeffer, found the Religious Right to joining the Greek Orthodox Church and voting for Obama. Along the way, we come to see that he, like so many Americans, could best be described as a member of the "Church of Hopeful Uncertainty." Call it a spirituality for the rest of us.

A book that brings a note of nuance to the religion/atheism debate, Patience with God will resonate with religious and secular people who treasure their faith as well as their freedom to question their fondest beliefs.

Frank Schaeffer is the author of the New York Times bestseller Keeping Faith and, most recently, the memoir Crazy for God. He has appeared on NPR, CNN, MSNBC, and Fox News. A prolific blogger for the Huffington Post, he and his wife, Genie, live in Massachusetts and have three children.

November 1, 2010 Paperback 230 Pages ISBN: 978-0-306-81922-3 $14.95 Religion/Politics

Author of "Crazy for God"

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Crazy for God
How I Grew Up as One of the Elect, Helped Found the Religious Right,
and Lived to Take All (or Almost All) of It Back
By Frank Schaeffer

Especially in recent years, religion and politics have gone hand in hand in America. Particularly in the polarizing cases of abortion, gay rights, and high school science curriculums, the division between conservative and liberal has hinged more and more on religious and moral questions. Frank Schaeffer has been on both sides of these debates, and in Crazy for God he tells how the Religious Right was formed and chronicles his own role in organizing the political efforts of religious fundamentalists.

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Now a successful secular author and critic of the current Republican administration as well as the use of the military, Schaeffer's familial and emotional ties complicated his decision to depart from the cause. He grew up in L'Abri, a community in Switzerland founded by his evangelical parents, who were instrumental in linking the efforts of the American evangelical community with the anti-abortion movement. Through anecdotes about his family and their close relationships with religious leaders and politicians, Schaeffer de-mystifies the rise of the Religious Right, offering an insider's perspective on this powerful segment of government and society.

But this is also a personal memoir. We learn of Schaeffer's coming of age as an evangelist, and his eventual crisis of faith and change of heart. And we come to see where his best intentions left off and the momentum of the cause took over, making this a cautionary tale that resonates distinctly in the current social and political climate.

Frank Schaeffer is a fiction and nonfiction writer. His book Keeping the Faith: A Father-Son Story about Love and the U.S. Marine Corps was a New York Times extended list bestseller, and his Calvin Becker trilogy of novels also explores the dilemmas of members of the Christian fundamentalist community. Schaeffer has written for USA Today, the Washington Post, the San Francisco Chronicle, and the Los Angeles Times, and is a regular contributor to the Huffington Post website and blog. He has appeared on Oprah, Fox News, CNN, and ABC's 20/20, and has been a commentator on NPR's All Things Considered and for PBS's NewsHour with Jim Lehrer.

October 1, 2008 Paperback 417 pages Religion/Memoir $16.00 ISBN: 978-0-306-81750-2


To book Frank Schaeffer, please contact Lisa Darden at or call 240-446-1554.


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