I believe this book should be a must read for every person who calls themself a Christian. There is no formula, or answers as to how become a devoted follower of Christ, in this book. But Kevin Roose could tell the difference if you were or were not one.
I really enjoyed the friendships he made along the way, and the care his own family showed while he was at Liberty.
His genuine care for his classmates was what got to my heart! You must read this book, to at least see how it ends. We as believers might spend less time with the SHOW, and more of the matters of the heart!
I think you will be impressed with this book as I was to think that the writer is a pretty young guy. He is a witness to the Falwell empire and has the luck to have the last interview with him. I really liked that he read his own book. Kevin Roose doesn't seem to have much regret that he misled his LIberty friends while it was happening, which I found hard to believe, though.he does return to campus sometime later and 'fesses up. You will come away with the feeling that you never knew such places existed, although I have since learned that Brigham Young has similar restrictions. Easy, fast listen which is always good!
Kevin Roose has an impressive grasp of his craft, especially for his age. His memoir of the semester he spends at Liberty University stirred my laughs, thoughts, and deep introspection.
The Unlikely Disciple sucked me in from the very start. (Much of this had to do with the writing but he's also a surprisingly good reader in this audiobook.) The premise alone was enough to get me interested. We meet Kevin as a student at Brown University, firmly established in the secular world, and without much religious exposure. He is specifically unfamiliar with the world of evangelicals, a fact, among others, that prompts him to spend a ‘semester abroad’ at Jerry Falwell’s Liberty University, affectionately referred to by Falwell himself as ‘Bible Boot Camp.’
Throughout his articulate and witty recounting of his time there, Roose surprised me in many ways. He writes with honesty and candor, yet chooses to remain open and truly immerses himself in the overtly religious environment at the school. While Roose is understandably put off by things like the mandated teaching of young earth creationism, the homophobic tendencies among his peers and leaders, and the harsh condemnation of those with differing political alignments, he finds himself benefiting from regular prayer, enjoying his rigorous theology studies, and most surprisingly, making lasting friendships.
All in all, Kevin Roose gives us an inside look at the conservative evangelical world from an outsider’s perspective, certainly more objective than the Liberty brochures. He masterfully weaves together controversy and piety, critique and empathy, opposition and friendship. He’s an excellent writer and a prime candidate for such a task as this. Maybe he’s not as unlikely a disciple as he thinks.
A very enjoyable read and quite the social experiment. This is a great study of human interaction and acceptance. Listening to it was a learning experience for me and I came away from it with a new appreciation for Evangelical Christianity - not that I'm ready to make the conversion or start witnessing or anything - but hey, it's not an easy path they have chosen for themselves and I admire anyone who attempts to walk it. No wonder so many are "fallen". This young writer did a wonderful job of remaining objective in his analysis, yet compassionate in his portrayals as well. I expect more from him in the future.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It's a great read, for anyone who is either evangelical or knows any evangelicals. Light-hearted, and hopefully a bridge between cultures.
As a Christian I was drawn by the thought of a non Christian at a VERY Christian school. I expected this to be a bashing, but Kevin Roose really took his work seriously and approached this book with a open mind, an open notebook and trully put his heart, feelings into this work. It was real, no long section on Christian bashing just the truth. Awsome, emotional, and I just could not put it down. Thank you for such a great book
I'm not usually a person to re-listen to or re-read most books, so my answer to this question is "no." However, the more important question, I think, is would I recommend it or do I regret reading it, and the answers are yes and no, respectively. Kevin Roose's look at Liberty University was respectful and thoughtful. As an evangelical myself and a professor at another Christian college, this look at how an "outsider" might view the evangelical sub-culture was enlightening and sometimes painful. His descriptions gave well-written word pictures that made me, as a reader, feel as if I knew the characters and the university.
Besides Roose himself, who was the narrator, my favorite character was "Jersey Joey." Joey is a likable character who is a believer but a bit rebellious. He welcomes Roose into his group but is perceptive enough to be a bit suspicious of Roose and his intentions. I was glad to read in the Epilogue (spoiler alert!) that he and Roose remain friends after Roose tells him the true nature of Roose's semester at Liberty.
It's got to be Jersey Joey. I loved the accent and attitude, both of which made me feel like I knew him.
I was rooting for Roose and Anna to get together, while at the same time glad that Roose was respectful enough of her and her beliefs to not get into a romantic entanglement under false pretenses. I was sad when they broke up, and later delighted (another spoiler alert) when they talked openly at the end of the semester and Roose risked a kiss on the cheek as they parted.
This book is an enjoyable read and a thought-provoking one too. It is well worth a listen.
The author did a good job to help us better understand the christian right movement. How it changed him by being there. The authors beliefs were constantly challanged while he was there. I think it made him a different person when hel left. Reading this book made me change the way I think about the christian right. Good book.
Say something about yourself!
what i mean is great story.. i say go ahead and get it you will like it.. funny at times but its a think piece at the end. kinda was 50-50 on the whole idea of doing that.. great story though.