Francis Schaeffer, founder of L’Abri ministries and author of several books, is one of the most famous apologists for the Christian faith of the last 50 years. He is also, lately, one of the most controversial. Francis’ son Frank has published a memoir of sorts entitled Crazy For God where he confesses some of his sins and it seems the sins of his parents, Francis and Edith. You can get a better sense of the book through this extended interview.
Blogger extraordinaire Michael Spencer thinks it is an important book that evangelicals should read.
Doug Groothuis, an admirer of Francis Schaeffer, thinks the book both facinating and infuriating.
Books & Culture gave it high marks in an initial review as memoir filled with “tangible beauty and humor.”
After reading all that my head has been left spinning. I’ve read one of Francis’ books (The God Who Is There) and found it to be quite insightful. Francis Schaeffer had both a keen intellect and a compassionate heart that overflowed in his writing. There are few who have listened to culture and the questions of people’s hearts and responded with such grace and dignity in apologetic literature. In the 20th century only C.S. Lewis surpasses him.