A Minister's Son is a personal account of one young man's coming to terms with his strict religious upbringing. Deciding in childhood to conceal misgivings about his inherited faith, the author relates how his adolescent doubts lead to a life of dishonesty and hypocrisy. There is inevitable tension in his relationship with his evangelical father, a minister, and deep internal conflict as the young man takes to the podium himself as a speaker in both religious and secular settings. Fear and rebellion are played out in his forbidden sexual relations with young women in his father's conservative church. The young man finds relief from his divided self in the dissolvent power of alcohol, leading to alcoholism and his eventual discovery of spiritual peace in recovery.
Set in Canada and spanning the 1960s to the present day, this uplifting memoir is unique in its exploration of the connections between fundamentalist religious cultures and addiction. It will be of interest to anyone who has had a troubled relationship with God, organized religion and/or alcohol