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Trade Paperback
256 pages
Jan 2005
Broadman & Holman Publishers

Living With Fred

by Brad Whittington

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In Living With Fred, Mark Cloud returns from his California trip--detailed in Welcome to Fred--to the tiny Texas town of Fred. He’s changed, but how can a preacher’s kid announce that he ‘got religion?’ Lack of reading material leads Mark to a dusty copy of In His Steps, and he decides to accept Henry Maxwell’s challenge. But what would Jesus do in a monotonous place like Fred, anyway?

Fred turns out to have its own share of surprises. The revival meeting held before they left has swelled Mark’s Sunday school class and turned an alcoholic into a Bible-thumper. Bubba’s photographic memory has him spouting off Bible verses at the drop of a hat, and the dating misadventures of his prank-pulling twin Jolene leave her with only one option for the Sadie Hawkins.

A hunting trip brings Mark, still regarded as an outsider, more into the gang and earns him the scorn of Deacon Fry. Then he meets a man named Vernon on his newspaper route and becomes involved in a story that spans two wars and three continents.

Brad Whittington’s latest book is a meandering, insightful tale about the coming of age of a preacher’s son. But it’s also a laugh-out-loud joyride as Mark careens from one adventure to another amid Fred’s colorful characters. If you grew up in the seventies or simply want a hilarious, meaningful read, choose Living with Fred. -- Katie Hart, Christian Book

Book Jacket:

Mark Cloud is back in Fred, Texas but Fred is not the same. The town drunk has got religion. One of Mark's classmates has started spitting out scriptures like a gumball machine. But more drastic things are in store for this small East Texas town. And for Mark.

Once again a forgotten book buried on a dusty library shelf incites revolution. Mark begins to ask troublesome questions. Mark begins a pilgrimage that challenges the open-mindedness of his father and the forbearance of the deacons. As his answers lead him further down the path of least expectance, he ultimately finds himself facing the fear that haunts every PK: I could cost my dad his job. Mark must choose between remaining faithful to his understanding of the gospel or appeasing the prejudices of those with the power to make his family pay for his decisions.