Spoonbill & Sugartown Books proudly presents an evening with Jay Bakker to celebrate the release of his book “Fall To Grace.” The event is on January 14th and begins at 7:30 pm.
From Prodigal Son of Fallen Preachers to Punk Pastor,
Jay Bakker Recounts His Fall to Grace
and Makes a Stand for Full Acceptance of Gays in the Church
Jay Bakker, son of televangelists Jim and the late Tammy Faye Bakker, recounts his rocky road from prodigal son, through lost years of alcoholism, to a profound understanding of grace in his new book, Fall to Grace: A Revolution of God, Self & Society, written with Martin Edlund (FaithWords, $19.99, January 12, 2011). Proclaiming the revolutionary power of grace to transform individuals, religion, and the world, Bakker makes a stand for extending Christian love and compassion to everyone—including full acceptance of gays and lesbians in the church.
Jay Bakker was 11 years old when his parents “set the standard for televised crack-ups.” Embroiled in a financial scandal at their popular PTL ministry, the Bakkers became a media spectacle, including being parodied on Saturday Night Live. Devastated, Jay lost his childhood faith and turned to drugs and alcohol. By the time his father got out of prison after serving five years of a forty-five year sentence, Jay was 18, a tattooed and pierced “skater brat”—and a raging alcoholic.
Fall to Grace tells the story of how Jay became a “grace fiend,” an evangelical punk preacher with a simple message for outcasts of all stripes: “I tried to please God by living up to the rules, and I couldn’t do it. But God loves me and accepts me anyway. He loves you too.” Today, Bakker shares this message as co-pastor Revolution NYC, a Brooklyn-based non-denominational church with a strong online following. He speaks to congregations, political rallies, and other audiences all over the country and has been covered by publications such as Time and New York magazines.
Drawing on compelling scriptural evidence, especially the writings of the Apostle Paul, Bakker challenges Christians to reassess their understanding of salvation, to put love above religious law, and to stop using “clobber Scriptures” to beat people over the head and drive them from the church. “I began to recognize how these old rules get updated to frighten and intimidate each generation anew, how they continue to drive many of us to feel we’ve failed completely and turn away from the church and even God,” he writes.
Preaching grace opened Bakker’s eyes to other kinds of suffering, and started him thinking about how Christians have mistreated the gay community. “If grace was real, then there was no excuse for acting that way toward any of God’s children,” he writes.
Fall to Grace: A Revolution of God, Self & Society
by Jay Bakker, written with Martin Edlund
FaithWords, a division of Hachette Book Group
$19.99 hardcover; ISBN: 978-0-446-53950-0
PUB DATE: January 12, 2011