Letter to Lucy
A Manifesto of Creative Redemption—In the Age of Trump, Fascism and Lies
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I ask myself these questions silently and inwardly: How may I atone for helping to poison America with certainty addiction? How do I defend my grandchildren against the religious right juggernaut I helped create? How do I reject what my parents stood for (fundamentalist fanaticism) and yet honor the love they gave me? How can I help my grandchildren stumble upon the goodness of life before they’re sold towering mounds of brain-damaging garbage? How do I help save the world? (And what kind of deluded messianic fool am I to believe that this is even possible?)
Beautiful, brilliant, creative, spiritual, insightful — politically astute
And full of facts, art, history, objective truths, critical thinking, lived experience, deep compassion, deep questioning — there’s just nothing about this that is ‘fake’, inauthentic, off-key or false. Frank is an ally in the human quest for social justice, resisting oppression, and living a life with meaning.
As a been-there-done-that ex-republican, ex-evangelical, recovering southern baptist seeking enlightenment (not magical thinking or faux- news), Frank’s writings offer deep political and progressive (and spiritual) insights, as well as fact-based knowledge, grounded in reality.
Arts Education For a New Generation
Like Frank Schaeffer, I am a recovering Evangelical. I went to Oral Roberts University and Pat Robertson’s graduate film program at a time in the 1980s when the sprawling, magnificent “How Should We Then Live?” film series — featuring the late great Francis Schaeffer (Frank’s father) — was THE core humanities curriculum.
What a pleasure to follow along in “Letter To Lucy” as Frank teaches his grandchildren about art! And the iBook format — with graphics, video, and music embedded into the pages — is perfect for a new generation hungry for meaning in an increasingly chaotic world. In “Letter To Lucy,” Frank Schaeffer makes a convincing argument that beauty and art are human necessities; not only for educational purposes, but also for a lasting sense of personal fulfillment.
beautiful book - important words
I recently discovered Frank Schaeffer’s work, having just read Crazy for God. I grew up in the same Evangelical camp as Schaeffer and can relate to much of what he says. I, too, have become disillusioned with how Evangelical Christianity has evolved, with my disillusionment progressing slowly after my graduation from college in the mid 90s, but reaching the point of no return after the 2016 election. I am now trying to make sense of what has happened in our country, and more importantly in the religious faith on which I was raised. Schaeffer is one of several authors helping on that journey. This book is so much fun to read and the format is just plain cool. I’m reading it on my laptop and it has been quite entertaining and informative. Thanks to him, I’m playing Duke Ellington and dusting off my old art books and setting them out for my kids to look at! What I really love about this particular book of Schaeffer’s is how he has taken the best of his childhood and family influences and shared it with the reader. As I read, I keep thinking how his parents would have really liked this book, his dad in particular. I’m still enjoying the book, but I think it is a wonderful tribute to his parents, even if he doesn’t necessarily espouse their particular faith. He is passing along truth, beauty, and goodness, which is a balm for all of us. I absolutely understand Schaeffer’s anger at the religious right, as I feel it, too. I know he feels responsible in part for evangelicals getting steered off course with their search for a political savior. I hope he knows there are those of us out there who were on that same parallel journey with him, and have come to the same conclusion as he. His books and art are his redemptive offerings, and I am so glad he is sharing them with us.