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Grand Central Publishing The Unlikely Disciple: A Sinner's Semester at America's Holiest University

Raised in a secular, liberal home, Kevin Roose had little contact with the Religious Right. When he happened upon a group of students from Jerry Falwell's Liberty University one day, he found himself standing over a massive cultural divide. Rather than brush these conservative students aside however, Roose decided to become one of them. Unlikely Disciple is the story of Roose's journey into a semester at Liberty University where he attempts to connect with the evangelical community by experiencing their world first-hand. Liberty U takes him to class, choir practice, an evangelical hip-hop concert and to Daytona Beach, where he learns how to convert bar-hopping co-eds to Christianity. Thought-provoking, hilariously told, yet respectful, Roose's embedded report from the front lines of the culture war will inspire and entertain believers and non-believers alike.
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Review 1 for The Unlikely Disciple: A Sinner's Semester at America's Holiest University
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Date:July 23, 2009
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Kate
I loved the book! It was well written, very thought provoking, and extremely funny. I could not put the book down and finished it in one night, just because I wanted to see how Kevin Roose finished up his thoughts. A very balanced perspective on what Liberty is all about and how doubts, temptations, concern and faith are a part of all of us, even conservative evangelicals. As a twenty-something, it is refreshing to read a book which does not boil everything down to simple answers or one-dimensional views. I would recommend this to anyone who is interested in Christianity, politics, culture or a well-written book!
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Review 2 for The Unlikely Disciple: A Sinner's Semester at America's Holiest University
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Date:June 1, 2009
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Phyllis
I was disappointed in the book. I found very little humor in it and actually felt sadness and concern for the author. For someone to study and gain so much knowledge of the bible and yet not actually believe it all is beyond me. These young students are human and are going to have trials and tribulations as we all will. That is part of living in this sin filled world. I hope that someday Mr. Roose studies the bible again with his heart and not his liberal background. I was taken aback by his use of profanity and claims to be a christian. He really missed the boat on a soul changing opportunity.
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Date:May 17, 2009
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Priscilla
This is one of those books that you just don't want to end. I have had such an amazing time getting to know Kevin Roose and hearing his impressions of conservative Christianity. Though he is not a conservative Christian himself, he addresses the subject with such tolerance, respect, and empathy that it's possible to draw deep spiritual insights from his reflections! I would recommend this book to believers and nonbelievers alike!
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