Simon & Schuster Trade SalesRapture Ready! Adventures in the Parallel Universe of Christian Pop Culture
What does it mean when a band is judged by how hard they pray rather than how hard they rock? Would Jesus buy Christian music or wear "witness wear"? What do Christian skate parks, raves, and romance novels say about evangelicalism and America? Daniel Radosh went searching for the answers and reached some surprising conclusions.
Written with the perfect blend of amusement and respect, Rapture Ready! is an insightful, entertaining, and odd journey through the often hidden world of Christian pop culture. This vast and influential subculture -- a $7 billion industry and growing -- can no longer be ignored by those who want to understand the social, spiritual, and political aspirations of evangelical Christians. From Christian music festivals and theme parks to Passion plays and comedy nights, Daniel Radosh offers a revealing survey on Christian subculture and unique into on one of America's most important social movements.
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Review 1 for Rapture Ready! Adventures in the Parallel Universe of Christian Pop Culture
Date:June 28, 2011
Christians need to read this book.
To the other reviewer - I think the point is that the author is mocking aspects of Christian culture, but not Christianity. He's opening people's eyes to the good in Christians, when people who are outside of the Christian culture usually just see Christian culture's mimicry of the culture of the world, but with poorer quality (because somehow in dealing with what is sacred makes it okay to make bad art and cheap knockoffs?).
He says in his conclusion that “the best aspects of Christian culture—the unabashed celebration of the transcendent, the challenge to crass materialism, the commitment to personal responsibility—helped me more clearly to see what is too often lacking in secular entertainment and media. Jesus’s radical message of brotherhood, selflessness, and dignity may be just the antidote to our contemporary ethos of shamelessness and overindulgence.”
So don't think he's out to get you. Instead, be humble in recognizing the chance to see a very sympathetic look at how you're being perceived.
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