(born August 3 1952
) is an American author
, film director
and public speaker
. He is the son of the late evangelist Francis Schaeffer
. He became a Hollywood film director and author, writing several internationally acclaimed novels depicting life in a strict, fundamentalist household including Portofino
, and Saving Grandma
In 2007 he published the autobiographical Crazy For God
, in which he goes into much more detail regarding what it was like to grow up in the Schaeffer family, and around L'Abri
In 2006 he published Baby Jack, a novel about a Marine killed in Iraq. He is also known for his best selling non-fiction books related to the United States Marine Corps, including Keeping Faith--A Father-Son Story About Love and the United States Marine Corps, co-written with his son John Schaeffer, and AWOL--The Unexcused Absence Of America's Upper Classes From Military Service and How It Hurts Our Country, co-authored with former Clinton presidential aide, Kathy Roth-Douquet.
Frank Schaeffer has distanced himself from many of his father's Calvinist views and converted to the Greek Orthodox church in 1990 which he says "embraces paradox and mystery." In 2008, prompted by the controversy over remarks by the pastor of presidential candidate Barack Obama's church, he wrote: "[W]hen my late father -- Religious Right leader Francis Schaeffer -- denounced America and even called for the violent overthrow of the US government, he was invited to lunch with presidents Ford, Reagan and Bush, Sr.
Then on February 7, 2008, even before it was known that the the presidential candidate senator Barack Obama would become the presidential nominee of the Democratic Party, the man whose family helped to establish the Pro-Life movement wrote a passionate article entitled "Why I'm Pro-Life and Pro-Obama.
After the 2008 Russian-Georgian War, he wrote about the conflict from a pro-Russian, pro-Orthodox perspective in an article called, "Why Russia Invaded Georgia: Payback Time from the Orthodox World to the West." This article actually came a few days before a revealing article by Republican commentator Pat Buchanan which implicated the Republican Party's presidential nominee John McCain's foreign policy adviser Randy Scheunemann for his involvement in instigating the 2008 Russian-Georgian War. Pat Buchanan's article is called "And None Dare Call it Treason".
- Crazy for God: How I Grew Up as One of the Elect, Helped Found the Religious Right, and Lived to Take All (or Almost All) of It Back, New York: Carol & Graf Publishers, (September) 2007. ISBN 978-0786718917
- Baby Jack: A Novel, New York: Carol & Graf Publishers, (October) 2006.
- AWOL: The Unexcused Absence of America's Upper Classes from Military Service -- and How It Hurts Our Country (with Kathy Roth-Douquet), New York: HarperCollins Publishers, 2006. ISBN 978-0060888596
- Voices From the Front: Letters Home From American's Military Family, New York: Carol & Graf Publishers, 2004. (Third of Military Trilogy) ISBN 978-0786714629
- Faith of Our Sons: Voices From the American Homefront - The Wartime Diary of a Marine's Father, New York: Carol & Graf Publishers, 2004. (Second of Military Trilogy)
- Zermatt: A Novel, New York: Carol & Graf Publishers, 2003. (Third of Calvin Becker Trilogy) ISBN 978-0786712595
- Keeping Faith: A Father-Son Story About Love and the U.S. Marine Corps (with son John Schaeffer), New York: Carol & Graf Publishers, 2002. (First of Military Trilogy)
- Saving Grandma: A Novel, New York: Berkley Books, 1997. (Second of Calvin Becker Trilogy)
- Letters to Father Aristotle, Salisbury, MA:Regina Orthodox Press, 1995.
- Dancing Alone: The Quest for Orthodox Faith in the Age of False Religion, Brookline, MA: Holy Cross, 1994.
- Portofino: A Novel, New York: Macmillan, 1992. (First of Calvin Becker Trilogy) ISBN 978-0786717163
- Sham Pearls For Real Swine, Brentwood, TN: Wolgemuth & Hyatt, 1990.
- Is Capitalism Christian? (Editor), Westchester, IL: Crossway Books, 1985. ISBN 978-0891073628
- Bad News For Modern Man, Westchester, IL: Crossway Books, 1984.
- A Modest Proposal (with Harold Fickett), Westchester, IL: Crossway Books, 1984.
- A Time For Anger: The Myth of Neutrality, Westchester, IL: Crossway Books, 1982.
- Addicted to Mediocrity: 20th Century Christians and the Arts, Westchester, IL: Crossway Books, 1982.
Crazy for God (expression)