Born East-West: Stories of a Quaker Hippie Jesus Freak tells the inner story of an intense young woman through the Sixties and Seventies, and her faith journey to radical Christianity.
Sarah McClelland McMullen’s parents, a world-renowned Harvard professor of psychology and his artist wife, decided to live in other countries during sabbaticals. This left their five children with big decisions: stay with friends, go to boarding school, or attend school in Italy, Tunisia, or Ethiopia.
Sarah grew up a Quaker in the academic atmosphere of Cambridge, Massachusetts. She came of age in the 1960’s muddling her way through psychedelics, free love, and yoga to ultimately find a deep spiritual hunger. In 1971, she hitchhiked across the USA to California at the age of eighteen to find out if Jesus Christ was her guru. Tensions increase when she tells her parents she wants to join a charismatic evangelical church, doing maybe the one thing her permissive parents would object to.