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Welcome to Fred: A Novel [Paperback]

By Brad Whittington (Author)
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Pages   246
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.18" Width: 6.04" Height: 0.69"
Weight:   0.78 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Apr 30, 2003
Publisher   Broadman And Holman
ISBN  0805425551  
EAN  9780805425550  

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Download DescriptionIn January of 1968 Mark arrives in Fred, Texas, from Fort Worth via a brief stay in Ohio. He has followed his father who is pastor to a 100 member church in this simple town of simple people.

Mark, a young man of extraordinary intellect, has to find who he is in this town with which he seems to have so little in common. In his journey he finds more than himself; he finds his faith.

A westward family vacation car trek, puts a strain on the family but also provides many entertaining and humorous situations as Mark is forced to deal with many questions about himself, life, and finally-his God.

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It seems ironic that such an honest and realistic depiction of the journey of faith is to be found in a fiction. I became familiar with Brad Whittington's "Welcome to Fred" from a review in the local paper. Being a native of east Texas and having pastored two churches, both within an hour of Fred, my interest was peaked. I am so glad that I went ahead and purchased the two sequels as well--"Living With Fred" and "Escape From Fred." Having been hooked by the first I would have regretted having to make a later order to complete the adventures of PK (Preacher's Kid) Mark Cloud. Once they arrived I read all three over a ten day period.

Mark Cloud could be any young teenager trying to find his place. Like most young people, he thinks his destiny is to be found in anyplace other than where he presently finds himself. The faith of the father influences the son, but a series of events leads Mark to discover and embrace it as his own. The father is a wise man who not only allows his son to ask probing and skeptical questions, but encourages them.

Whittington's vivid depictions opened a floodgate of memories and laughter as I reflected upon some of the colorful characters that do, indeed, inhabit the woods of rural east Texas. But more than that, the author captures well the honest struggles of the individual seeking to discover and embrace the mysteries of the faith. It was a refreshing break from the easy "believism," put God in a neat tidy box so you can have your best life now pabulum that dominates Christian publishing today.
One of this Year's Best   Aug 1, 2006
Immense praise for a writer whose lean, hysterical prose are a joy to read. Full of great scenes and real insight into characters. Completely believable. Plus, Whittington has an inspired approach to simile and metaphor, drawing the reader into a given moment seamlessly. His habit of taking a cliché by the feet and standing it on its head is both refreshing and clever, too. And the novel's message, while ringing clear and strong, doesn't intrude on the story. I really enjoyed this and highly recommend it.
Count it all joy when ye fall into diverse temptations; knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. (Js 1:2-3)  Jul 30, 2006

Pimply, nerdy, scrawny PK Dude endures big city life as son of a Southern Baptist preacher until moving to unbearably small Fred, Texas from whence 70s California counterculture tantalizingly beckons.

"Abandon hope all ye who enter here."


Actually, if you can somehow find the strength to stumble/stagger/crawl your way through The Valley Of The Shadow Of Death that is the first 64 pages (i.e. the first 7 chapters), then verily, verily, I say unto you that you WILL cross over the River Jordan & enter into The Promised Land Flowing With Milk & Honey ... um ... that is, you will surely enter into that social, economic & cultural wasteland otherwise known as:

Fred, Texas.

Because that's where (for me, at least) the fun, fun, fun roller-coaster ride of count-it-all-joy-my-brethren begins & doesn't end until everything is wrapped up tighter than the Wicked Witch of the West's congo drum in the ... um ... end.

Therefore, come all ye burdened & heavy laden, taste & see that the Cloud is good:

"I weighed the options. In one sense I was with Mom. If I had to sit on the side of a West Texas road in hundred-degree heat to learn patience, I could do without it. My interest in refining my soul had a limit, and that was definitely beyond it. On the other hand, I was fervently anticipating our arrival in California, the land of Ultimate Cool. I was willing to endure considerably more than occasional turns tapping on the carburetor in order to get there ... "

And that, gentle reader, was Mark Cloud -- preacher's kid & bookworm extraordinaire -- & he will be your narrator for the duration of the trip.
Entertaining  May 24, 2006
Fun story to read but there were way too many words that I had could not understand. Not just a few but at least 3 a page. I am an adult reading it. I bought it for my [...] son but there is no way he could follow the advanced words. I do not recommend this book for the younger generation.
Funny, wry Christian book   May 21, 2006
Welcome to Fred by Brad Whittington is a fun insightful look at the life of a small town teenage boy questioning his faith. Mark Cloud is a dreaded PK (Preacher's Kid) and moves from town to town so often, he's created his own rules of survival. But when the family moves from suburban Ohio to rural Fred, Texas, he needs to find a new way to fit in and figure out who he is. The way Mark's brain hops from topic to topic with no transitions is so true of a teenager, and the flat way he narrates jaw-dropping events is also in line with that age group. Small dramas in his life balloon to massive proportions while major events in the world around him seem to roll over him like tumbleweed, leaving little impression on him. Whittington has a dry wit that often brought a smirk to my face and the occasional chuckle out loud at his portrayal of small town life. Mark's father, while a background character for much of the book, is an excellent allegory for God and how He allows and encourages us to question our faith so that we can grow in it. I look forward to the rest of the series.

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