The Unlikely Disciple
A Sinner's Semester at America's Holiest University
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Kevin Roose wasn't used to rules like these. As a sophomore at , he spent his days drinking fair-trade coffee, singing in an a cappella group, and fitting right in with Brown's free-spirited, ultra-liberal student body. But when Roose leaves his Ivy League confines to spend a semester at , a conservative Baptist school in , obedience is no longer optional.
is the late Reverend Jerry Falwell's "Bible Boot Camp" for young evangelicals, his training ground for the next generation of 's Religious Right. 's ten thousand undergraduates take courses like Evangelism 101, hear from guest speakers like Sean Hannity and Karl Rove, and follow a forty-six-page code of conduct that regulates every aspect of their social lives. Hoping to connect with his evangelical peers, Roose decides to enroll at as a new transfer student, leaping across the God Divide and chronicling his adventures in this daring report from the front lines of 's culture war.
His journey takes him from an evangelical hip-hop concert to choir practice at Falwell's legendary . He experiments with prayer, participates in a spring break mission trip to (where he learns to preach the gospel to partying coeds), and pays a visit to Every Man's , an on-campus support group for chronic masturbators. He meets pastors' kids, closet doubters, Christian rebels, and conducts what would be the last print interview of Rev. Falwell's life.
Hilarious and heartwarming, respectful and thought-provoking, THE UNLIKELY DISCIPLE will inspire and entertain believers and nonbelievers alike. Ebook exclusive: Bonus quiz
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This topic could have easily been written as a textbook comparison of two seemingly polar world views, but instead Roose keeps things quick moving and entertaining while always being fair to both sides and injecting plenty of witty humor, sometimes at his own expense. One of the best reads I've had in a while.
Incredibly Interesting Insights From a Non-Evangelical
I absolutely enjoyed this book for exactly what it is, insights from a non-evangelical attending a Christian college. He was honest, fair and transparent in his writing. I read the entire book in just over a day and found myself reliving my Christian college experience through the eyes of an "unbeliever."
Some fellow evangelicals will probably bristle and become defensive but if we can get past there there are many illuminating insights that we need to wrestle with. As a believer in inerrancy and creation none of my views were shaken.
I encourage Christians to read this with an open mind and a humble heart, not to change what you believe but to understand how you are perceived.