The Unlikely Disciple: A Sinner's Semester at America's Holiest University (Google eBook)

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Grand Central Publishing, Mar 26, 2009 - Biography & Autobiography - 336 pages
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No drinking.
No smoking.
No cursing.
No dancing.
No R-rated movies.

Kevin Roose wasn't used to rules like these. As a sophomore at Brown University, 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 Liberty University, a conservative Baptist school in Lynchburg, Virginia, obedience is no longer optional.

Liberty is the late Reverend Jerry Falwell's "Bible Boot Camp" for young evangelicals, his training ground for the next generation of America's Religious Right. Liberty'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 Liberty as a new transfer student, leaping across the God Divide and chronicling his adventures in this daring report from the front lines of America's culture war.

His journey takes him from an evangelical hip-hop concert to choir practice at Falwell's legendary Thomas Road Baptist Church. He experiments with prayer, participates in a spring break mission trip to Daytona Beach (where he learns to preach the gospel to partying coeds), and pays a visit to Every Man's Battle, 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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Review: Unlikely Disciple: A Sinner's Semester at America's Holiest University

User Review  - DJ Dycus - Goodreads

Wow. An amazing book. First: Roose is an outstanding writer. Very good reading. Enjoyable, Interesting. Funny. Second: this is a courageous story of someone immersing himself in an essentially foreign ... Read full review

Review: The Unlikely Disciple: A Sinner's Semester at America's Holiest University

User Review  - Larry Bassett - Goodreads

Can a young man immerse himself in an alien culture without it having an impact upon him? Can a liberal Brown University student transfer to the fundamentalist Christian Liberty University, living in ... Read full review

Contents

Prepare Ye
Come and See
Stranger in a Strange Land
O Sing Unto the Lord a New Song
Let Us Learn Together What Is Good
We All Like Sheep Have Gone Astray
Caught Up Together
Troubled on Every Side Yet Not Distressed
Andrew
Near in Their Mouth But Far from Their Mind
The Lord Knoweth How to Deliver the Godly
There Is Nothing Covered That Shall Not Be Revealed
I Made a Covenant with My Eyes
Give Us Aid Against the Enemy
One King Shall Be King to Them All
Test Me O Lord and Try Me

Whether Ye Be in the Faith
The Workers Are Few
Reece
Rick
Names Unknown
Jason
Beauty for Ashes
Epilogue
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Copyright

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About the author (2009)

Kevin Roose is a business and technology writer for New York magazine and the Daily Intelligencer blog. He has written several books including The Unlikely Disciple: A Sinner's Semester at America's Holiest University and Young Money: Inside the Hidden World of Wall Street's Post-Crash Recruits.

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