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Publisher Description

An insightful look at life inside a conservative evangelical community—the Church of Christ.

Growing up in a big church in a small town, Mike S. Allen’s thoughts and stories come from his unique perspective as the son of a famous preacher. Some of his memories are fond and some are, naturally, conflicted.

The narrative also includes sharing from dozens of other believers who talk about their experiences in a place where folks sometimes held strong, heaven-or-hell opinions about various doctrines.

Sprinkled with wit and wisdom, Growing Up Church of Christ is a memory book that eventually leads to a crossroad: remain in the church of one’s youth or take strides in a different direction?


“A narrative with funny, poignant memories.” — Kirkus Reviews

“Speaking as one who ‘grew up Church of Christ,’ author Mike Allen has crafted a written time capsule that literally transported me back to childhood in a single evening. His superb collection of personal vignettes is delivered in a heartwarming and vulnerable style that taps into a wide range of emotions from laughter to tears — at times in but a single page. I read it in one sitting and enjoyed every minute.” — Dr. Joe Alexander, associate dean of The Jack C. Massey Graduate School of Business, Belmont University

“In Growing Up Church of Christ, Mike Allen strikes a unique balance. He manages to give us a fun and nostalgic trip back to our youth, while at the same time provoking thought on some weighty matters.” — Steve Lake, regional director of advancement, Harding University

About the author:

Mike S. Allen, a graduate of Harding University with a degree in print journalism, has written articles for newspapers and military publications. He has also spoken to a number of churches around the world as a part-time youth minister, full-time assistant minister, and regular ol' church member. He is a husband, father, and friend who enjoys working and living in the Washington, DC metropolitan area (except during rush hour).

Religion & Spirituality
October 22
Mike Allen
Smashwords, Inc.

Customer Reviews

TerraVir ,

Echoes of my childhood

All CofCers, past and present, should read this. Entertaining and incisive.

Imjusain ,


I bought this book and it is a TOTAL disappointment and waste of money for me. Just a collection of "stories" from "members" of the coc, which I have yet not been able to know what defines a member. Anyway...

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