- Title: More Than Conquerors: A Memoir of Lost Arguments
- Author: Megan Hustad
- ISBN: 9780374711627
- Page: 347
- Format: ebook
Megan Hustad and her family try to reconcile an evangelical upbringing in a post Christian AmericaWhen Megan Hustad was a child, her father uprooted their family from Minneapolis to embark on a cross cultural journey in the name of evangelical Christianity As missionaries they brought the Gospel to the Caribbean island of Bonaire and later to the outskirts of Amsterdam AMegan Hustad and her family try to reconcile an evangelical upbringing in a post Christian AmericaWhen Megan Hustad was a child, her father uprooted their family from Minneapolis to embark on a cross cultural journey in the name of evangelical Christianity As missionaries they brought the Gospel to the Caribbean island of Bonaire and later to the outskirts of Amsterdam After a decade away, they returned to the States only to find themselves alien than before The evangelical landscape had transformed from the idealistic, market averse movement it was in the 1970s to one where media savvy pastors held sway over mega churches As the family struggled with the economic and spiritual aftermath of their break from middle class Middle America, Megan and her sister, Amy, began to plot their escape Megan sets her sights on New York City, where everything she was denied as a child would be at her fingertips, and Amy makes her home among the intellectual swagger of New Englanders But fitting in proves harder than they d imagined As much as Megan tries to shake them, thoughts of the God she was ignoring follow her into every party and relationship In More Than Conquerors, Hustad explores what happens when the habits of your religion coincide with the demands of your social class, and what breaks when they conflict With a sharp tongue and deep insight, Hustad offers a vivid account of the cultural divisions, anxieties, and resentments that continue to divide our country and her own family.
Recent Comments "More Than Conquerors: A Memoir of Lost Arguments"
She's a good writer, but she seemed to have a certain detachment, like she was reporting someone else's life. I felt like I didn't really know where she ended up in her own beliefs after all the diverse experiences she and her family had. She speaks with a slightly humorous, slightly ironic tone, as if she is trying to be cynical but is too nice to really pull it off. Her childhood experiences were interesting and rang true, but after that, it just drifted into reminiscences without any real coh [...]
Hmm. Interesting enough story of growing up as the child of missionaries—missionaries who were not die-hard about their work, but who loved it nonetheless. I'm justt sure what the book was trying to say.Hustad talks at some length about her and her sister's relationships to religion, as separate from their parents' relationships to religion. She is clear that she does not equate her parents, or even her upbringing, with religion, butoh, I don't know. It feels as though there were Big Things sh [...]
As a person who worked for a faith-based international humanitarian organization and interacted with an expat community that was largely composed of evangelical missionaries, I am familiar with the world of this memoirist. It was interesting to read about her experience with it. She was a missionary kid on a Caribbean island and in the Netherlands and now lives in New York City (that great Babylon) and works in the field of publishing, among intellectuals and artists and professionals whom she i [...]
Reading this book felt like reading a diary or journal.( doesn't allow half stars. I want to rate this book 3.5)Megan Hustad recounts her family life in More Than Conquerors: how they ended up as missionaries, how they were treated by the mission organization, their lives as missionaries, etc. She intersperses accounts of the past with reflections upon them from more recent times. It is an interesting way of writing. I felt like I was reading Megan's journal entries with her, and observing her p [...]
Girl has religion, girl loses religion, girl finds religion again -- maybe. Her memoir is a spiritual autobiography of sorts about growing up a missionary kid, moving to NYC after college while cancelling the terms of her evangelical upbringing, and then, as the book ends, she seemingly is reconsidering the claim faith has on her. But it is just hinted at, rather than told -- something that weakens the story's impact. Her parents are a big part of the story throughout, and if this were a film, s [...]
This is an incredibly beautiful portrait of Hustad's coming-of-age on the foreign mission field, and the fallout that resulted for her family. Hustad offers no easy answers or caricatures, only poignant observations of her parents, her sister, and herself. The growing questions she has about their faith as a teenager are especially resonate. In the hands of a lesser writer, the subject matter might be stale or treated with bitterness, but Hustad's lyrical prose is peppered with tender renderings [...]
Meh?I was so looking forward to reading this, as it seemed from the description Megan's life paralleled mine in many facets. And in that regard it didn't disappoint. I could identify with her upbringing in many ways (conservative, Christian-centered, evangelical experience). As a liberal adult, now having similar discussions with my father (and mother), I related to her. I was disappointed with the book because I found the writing style to be sometimes choppy and disjointed. It just didn't flow [...]
Apparently I read oodles of these faith-tinged memoirs, but I was surprised to find this one kind of bland. Despite the missionary field settings and the potential for all sorts of adolescent angst, I didn't feel the stories and anecdotes were very interesting, or that the author was very engaged in relating them. Another reviewer mentioned a sense of detachment, and I would agree with their assessment.
This was just brilliant to me in so many levels. As the daughter of evangelical Christians with a slightly more liberal upbringing than the average mexican Presbyterian I have to say this woman spoke of many situations that I have either experienced or witness. I can cofidently say I will read this book years from now and I will uncover a whole different dimension.
I like Megan's writing and her story is a familiar one of missionary kids; yet, the story lacked a cohesive feel. There were too many footnotes and long quoted passages that didn't add much to the driving narrative.
Interesting book that made me glad my parents' born-again activities didn't extend to missionary work during our childhood years. Interesting exploration of the religious right and how they got that way, in this particular family's experience.
loved it, related strongly, was just a bit confused by the ending/epilogue. did she move back w/ her family? return to faith?
Interesting but I didn't feel the need to finish it. Didn't like the beginning but it got better.
Fast, good read.!
Well-written book chronicling a somewhat depressing series of events.
Well-written, but lacking heart and narrative drive.
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