Growing Up a Sullen Baptist and Other Lies

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Hardcover ISBN-13: 9781574411270
Hardcover ISBN-10: 1574411276
Physical Description: 5 1/2 x 8 1/2. 168 pp.
Publication Date: September 2001

Robert Flynn has gathered an eclectic array of seventeen essays, all of which will evoke a direct and immediate response. Ranging from humorous to satirical, from persuasive to sarcastic, Flynn moves from preaching to the choir to preaching at the choir. Trained as both a Baptist and a Marine, he explores the concepts gleaned from a world that this training did not equip him to control, improve, or escape. Flynn admits he has tried to meld the pretty presumption of the Baptists that "all men are brothers" with the hard presumption of the Marines that "you will attack until I say you are dead." He calls the result an unholy view of the world in which he lives and survives, alternating between humor and anger.

"I didn’t have an ideal youth but it may be fair to say I had an idealistic youth. The center of my life was family, church, school, country in roughly that order. My home was full of love and also strife. My church was full of faith and also prejudice. The school I attended had diversity and segregation. My country exhibited oneness during World War Two but behind the show was a class war, a race war, a political war, even war between the branches of military service. The media was one propaganda arm of the government and the church was another. I was unaware of much of that; the rest I overlooked. I overlooked it in order to believe that my family was indivisible, that if the whole world were Christian, especially if they were Baptist Christians, the world would be full of love and peace."—From the Introduction

"Bob Flynn never bores. If you’ve ever heard him read or give a talk, you know what I mean. If you’ve read him before, you’re probably already hooked. Bob is a Texan—proof that when we have a right to, it really feels good to brag."—Walt McDonald, author of Rafting the Brazos (University of North Texas Press)

"Bob Flynn is the funniest man in Texas. When he talks about his co-religionists, the Baptists, he is reverent, irreverent, acerbic, satiric, sensitive, and thoughtful. But he is always hilarious. This book shows Bob Flynn at his very best, but will it get him into Heaven?"—James Ward Lee, author of Texas, My Texas (University of North Texas Press)

"Growing Up a Sullen Baptist"
"Miracles in Chillicothe"
"A Baptist Looks Askance"
"A Sense of Place" (coauthored with Joyce Gibson Roach)
"Enduring Love" (coauthored with Jean Flynn)
"Lions in Camp"
"Truth and Beauty"
"Jeremiah Was a Bulldog"
"City of Fire-Jerusalem"
"The Combined Platoon"
"Understanding Vietnam"
"Hooked on Heroes"
"India, the Divided Crowd"
"Still the Street without Joy"
"Understanding Pol Pot"
"Pol Pot Legacy"
"John Wayne Must Die"

About Author:

ROBERT FLYNN, a native of Chillicothe, Texas, is the author of seven novels, among them North To Yesterday, (winner of awards from the Texas Institute of Letters and the National Cowboy Hall of Fame and named one of the Best Books of the Year by the New York Times ) and Wanderer Springs (winner of a Spur Award from Western Writers of America). Most recently, he coauthored with the late Dan Klepper a new novel, The Devils Tiger. He is also the author of a nonfiction narrative, A Personal War in Vietnam. His two story collections are both recipients of awards: Seasonal Rain, cowinner of the Texas Literary Festival Award, and Living with the Hyenas, winner of a Western Heritage Award from the National Cowboy Hall of Fame. He also coauthored When I Was Just Your Age, published by the University of North Texas Press. In 1998, Flynn received the "Distinguished Achievement Award" from the Texas Institute of Letters. Retired as writer-in-residence at Trinity University, he lives in San Antonio with his wife Jean.

For more information on these books and the author, please visit Robert Flynn's web site at