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by Julia Scheeres

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Author: Julia Scheeres
ISBN: 073946213X
ISBN13: 978-0739462133
Language: English
Publisher: Counterpoint; 1st edition (2005)
Pages: 355
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Julia Scheeres writes candidly, truthfully, and honestly about growing up in Indiana with two African American brothers . In reading this memoir, I began to understand Julia's point of view.

Julia Scheeres writes candidly, truthfully, and honestly about growing up in Indiana with two African American brothers who were adopted into a white family. She describes her mother's hypocrisy about serving God but not her family. She was driven to her behavior which landed her in a horrible concentration camp called Escuela Caribe or return to her parents' home. She chose the religious camp in the Dominican Republic because her brother, David, was already there and he couldn't warn her about it, escape or come home.

Julia Scheeres writes candidly, truthfully, and honestly about growing up in Indiana with two African American brothers .

by Julia Scheeres First published September 6th 2005. Jesus Land: A Memoir (Paperback). Published September 1st 2006 by Turtleback Books. Hardcover, 384 pages. Showing 1-26 of 26. Published September 5th 2006 by Counterpoint LLC. Paperback, 363 pages. Author(s): Julia Scheeres (Goodreads Author).

In this memoir, Scheeres takes us from the familiar Midwest, a For Julia Scheeres and her adopted brother David, "Jesus Land" stretched from their parents' fundamentalist home, past the hostilities of high school, and deep into a Christian reform school in the Dominican Republic. In this memoir, Scheeres takes us from the familiar Midwest, a land of cottonwood trees and trailer parks, to a place beyond her imagining.

A Thousand Lives awards.

This article needs additional citations for verification. Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. Scheeres came to prominence with the 2005 publication of Jesus Land, a memoir of her turbulent youth growing up rebellious in a strict fundamentalist Christian family near West Lafayette, Indiana, including a harrowing stint in a Christian "reform school" in the Dominican Republic. Winner, 2006 New Visions Nonfiction Book Award, Quality Paperback Book Club. A Thousand Lives awards. The Guardian newspaper's "Top 10 Books About the 1970s" list.

In this riveting and heartrending memoir, Julia Scheeres takes us from the Midwest to a place beyond imagining. Surrounded by natural beauty, the Escuela Caribe-a religious reform school in the Dominican Republic-is characterized by a disciplinary regime that extracts repentance from its students by any means necessary. As Julia and David strive to make it through these ordeals, their tale is relayed here with startling immediacy, extreme candor, and unadorned, dark humor (Los Angeles Times).

Tells the story of a white girl who was sent from the Midwest to a Christian reform school in the Dominican Republic after she and her black adopted brother fought back against the racism and bullying that was directed toward them. She describes her mother's hypocrisy about serving God but not her family

Julia Scheeres writes candidly, truthfully, and honestly about growing up in Indiana with two African American brothers who were adopted into a white family. Julia writes about her life as the blonde girl and her relationship with her brother, David, who was African American and adopted by the family. She describes in detail about the racism experience against her family especially her brothers.

In this riveting and heartrending memoir Julia Scheeres takes us from the Midwest to a place beyond imagining: surrounded by natural beauty, the Escuela Caribea religious reform school in the Dominican Republicis characterized by a disciplinary regime that extracts repentance.

In this riveting and heartrending memoir Julia Scheeres takes us from the Midwest to a place beyond imagining: surrounded by natural beauty, the Escuela Caribea religious reform school in the Dominican Republicis characterized by a disciplinary regime that extracts repentance from its students by any means necessary. Julia and David strive to make it through these ordeals and their tale is relayed here with startling immediacy, extreme candor, and wry humor

A compelling book that intertwines the dark topics of religion, race, adoption and child abuse.
Comments to eBook Jesus Land - Memoir 1St edition by Scheeres, Julia (2005) Paperback
Geny
As I read "Jesus Land," I kept asking myself whether it is possible that these events really happened. How could anyone subject a little girl and a little boy to such insanity. I asked myself those questions even though I know that they really did occur.

I want to thank Julia Scheeres for being rawly vulnerable and in so doing, allowing us to feel, taste, hear, smell, and see the oftentimes ugly events of her childhood and teenage years. This book is yet another volume that I could not put down. Well, I did put it down in order to sleep, but it was just a two day read. Yes, I blocked out the universe as I fell into the despair and hope of young children. I so desperately wanted to jump right into her early life and knock some common sense into those who held physical power over her life. I am so thankful that Ms. Scheeres is now leading a healthy life, free of the craziness that others tried unsuccessfully to imbue into her soul.

Yes, get this book. Read "Jesus Land" to understand a little boy's and a little girl's survival in the face of craziness. Read it to hone your senses and pick up on cues of what may be taking place in your lives today. Read it because you must find inspiration in how normal, typical human beings can overcome what can truly be described as brainwashing, emotional torture, and horrible physical abuse.

Once you finish reading this book, read Ms. Scheeres other book on the Jim Jones/People's Temple massacre in Guyana, A Thousand Lives: The Untold Story of Jonestown. In this second book, Ms. Scheeres provides the most detailed and historical accounting of the Jonestown massacre available.
Bladecliff
This was a heavy read, so be prepared. I was surprised at the emotions of outrage and sadness that this evoked in me, which is a sign of great writing. Julia managed to summarize the story of her family with clear, concise detail that spanned a long period of time. Another reminder that not everyone has the childhood that their neighbor has. There were many life lessons tucked in the pages, and I am grateful for the honesty and courage it took to share.
Nten
Just a devastating story, told incredibly well. At a young age in 70s in rural Indiana, the narrator (and author) watched her fundamentalist Christian parents adopt two black boys, for reasons that wholly had to do with their religion and nothing to do with any sense of love for the boys or any modern-day multi-cultural ethos. But that first summer, she bonds with her brother (who's the same age) and they become the closest of friends. The Indiana-based portion of the memoir is compelling, brilliant, well-written and surprising at every turn. Then the story shifts to a Christian camp for delinquent teens in the Dominican Republic, where the horror surpasses everything we've read and the anger in the reader builds by degrees. A necessary read for anyone fighting the fundamentalist scourge that has plagued our nation in the past several decades and anyone somehow shocked by the casual racism of "good, moral" Americans.
Umi
Julia Scheeres writes candidly, truthfully, and honestly about growing up in Indiana with two African American brothers who were adopted into a white family. She describes her mother's hypocrisy about serving God but not her family. Julia writes about her life as the blonde girl and her relationship with her brother, David, who was African American and adopted by the family. She describes in detail about the racism experience against her family especially her brothers.

But Julia's life is also complicated by her parents' zealous religious values and determination that their children follow the way of the Lord. Julia's mother is a religious fanatic and zealous without apology. She is also abusive towards her own children and also doesn't display signs of love or affection.

In reading this memoir, I began to understand Julia's point of view. She was driven to her behavior which landed her in a horrible concentration camp called Escuela Caribe or return to her parents' home. She chose the religious camp in the Dominican Republic because her brother, David, was already there and he couldn't warn her about it, escape or come home.

Once there, Julia's memoir comes alive with horrifying details of abuse, punishment, and a discipline style that reminds me of Jesus Camp but much worse. Everybody can rat each other out and gain points to move to the next level.

In conclusion, Julia has written a tribute to her beloved David, her brother. This book is about sibling relationships that became stronger even in the toughest of times. I would strongly recommend this book to anybody.

I would have just recommended that she added pictures or maps of the Escuela Caribe to help understand the layout if possible or even a map of Indiana as well.
Adoraris
Wonderful, powerful book that never gets boring to read. Very funny in reading her thoughts as she weaves her way through a life she was thrown into, never asked, ` What do you think'. 'Are you ok'. It is amazing how Julia Scheeres survived, and thrived in the stuations she's put in. Ironically she is treated horribly by tormentors justify their many abuses by claiming, Jesus has permitted me to do so, and He condones any abuse we commit under His name. Her resilience and humor guide us through her amazing young life.
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