Frank Schaeffer Reads From His Latest Novel: And God Said, “Billy!”

Over on Frank Schaeffer’s blog, this famous former Evangelical-turned-Progressive-Christian-son is reading excerpts from his newest book, And God Said, “Billy!” It’s a real treat to hear Frank read from his funny and poignant work. The book has been warmly endorsed by the likes of Brian McLaren and Kevin Miller.

And God Said, “Billy!” is a darkly comic coming-of-age story. The story is set in the 1980s and is about Billy, a young fundamentalist Christian who feels called to go to Hollywood to make “God’s movie.” But everything goes off the rails when he accepts a job to direct a soft-porn slasher/exploitation film in apartheid-era South Africa. He makes this “It’s a deal not a movie” picture even though he has to bust the US entertainment industry’s anti-apartheid sanctions in hopes his “worldly movie” will be “used by God” as a “stepping stone” to making his own divinely sanctioned “End Times” picture. Billy loses his fundamentalist faith, his film career, his family and more but he finds a strange kind of peace in a most unexpected place…

Here’s the first reading:

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Check out Frank’s blog to hear more.

About Deborah Arca

Deborah Arca is the Managing Editor of the Progressive Christian Portal and Book Club at Patheos.com.


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