May 9, 2011 by Reader's Connection
Jesus Land: A Memoir by Julia Scheeres
This 2005 memoir provokes the reader with thoughts of religious totalitarianism. The author grew up the daughter of evangelical Christians in Lafayette, Indiana in the early 1980s.
Her story is at once humorous and also very painful and exasperating. After Julia is sent to juvenile lock-up in Lafayette, her parents send she and her adopted African American brother David to a fundamentalist reform school in the Dominican Republic.
The story revolves around Julia’s relationship with her adopted brother, and her relationship with the authority figures in her life. She thoroughly explores the meaning of race and morality as seen through the lens of the unusual home situation she encountered.
A definite page-turner from start to finish.