But during my sophomore year at Brown University, I got the idea to enroll at Liberty as a transfer student, hoping to learn about my right-wing Christian peers by living among them for a semester while pretending to be one of them. Kevin also decides to work on cutting back on his masturbation. Evidently he also had a job doing assistance to A. He mentions at one point that the fact that he's a white, straight, cisgender male has a lot to do with how he experiences life at Liberty, and the experience might likely be vastly different for someone who is a different race, gender, or sexual orientation. Although Roose found much to trouble him blatant homophobia, subtle and not-so-subtle racism, pure disregard for science and history, and sexist attitudes toward women, men, and marriage , he also found himself making friends.
He is surprised how well he fits in and how normal his classmates are. I enjoyed the text a lot, but I wonder if I got more out of it because I understand the evangelical culture, being raised in church, more than readers who have no Christian upbringing? Spring Weekend was a strange experience, simply because what had once seemed so familiar was totally alien to me after spending several months at Liberty. In other words, in between prayer groups and Bible study they gossiped, complained about exams, and whiled away the hours on Facebook and MySpace. As my own teenager ponders her future in higher education, she's reading this, and taking into account all the uphill battles she may have to fight for her faith if she chooses a Christian college. Have any of your Liberty friends been to visit you at Brown? It's very fair and objective. I think I had a great interview with him, but I wish I had asked him something more consequential.
In most cases, the reviews are necessarily limited to those that were available to us ahead of publication. Organized dancing salsa lessons, ballroom competitions, etc. The slave was Kevin Roose. Did he see genuineness in corporate worship? This book is at once infuriating and heart-warming. 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. It's inexcusable that this book sat so long on my to-read shelf, as it was a joy to read.
Jacobs was writing The Year of Living Biblically, he took on a slave unpaid intern. Overall I think he did about as good a job possible at being fair and balanced given his orientation. His friends at Liberty seem to fear the secular world, while his liberal family including his favorite lesbian aunts seem to fear the evangelical world. Putting up a credible facade around his new ultra-religious classmates would not be easy. On the plus side, Roose is very open-minded and personable. You will need to have some thick skin at times. Seems like Roose is throwing the baby out with the bath water.
Roose and others like him have difficulty acknowledging that a belief in absolute truth does not preclude intellectual curiosity, questioning, and research. Roose was a vice president at Fusion Media Group, and a columnist for New York magazine. Unsurprisingly, he would maintain that the only absolute truth is that there is no absolute truth and that the only moral wrong is the belief that there are absolute moral wrongs. Where words like evolution, Darwin, the Big Bang and even science itself were considered evil and subversive. It's all too shiny and nice to be true. So again it was super interesting to me to imagine my kids going or not going there and how that would fit into what we taught and how we raised them.
Did Roose hear expositional preaching? And it always brings a smile on my face to see a young twentysomething getting his writing out there. He goes in cautious but open-minded, and his observations paint a picture of a group of mostly kind, compassionate people trying to do right and good in the world. There was an agenda here: To write a book. I also think its greatest strengths are the result of the writer's age. The result is a semester being a student at Liberty University in Virginia, the college started by the late Dr. But here are my foremost reactions: 1 I'm embarrassed that Liberty University was the medium chosen to represent evangelical Christianity to Kevin. He is really immersing himself in another world.
Ellen and I are members of Church of the Savior, an Anglican church in the western suburbs of Chicago. He enjoys prayer meetings, even though he doesn't believe in the One being prayed to. Jacobs, the guy who makes a living by doing a project for a year and then writing a book about it -- living according to ancient Jewish law, reading the Encyclopedia Britannica, and so on. I appreciate this description of his experience; it helped me to think carefully about how I live out my faith and how I talk about it with unbelievers. I did not, however, remember the date of Jerry Falwell's death, so that event was a shocking conclusion to Roose's semester there.
Like any school, one can find a diversity of views strolling the halls, and Liberty is no exception. The one really strong point of the book is its great pacing, usually a stumbling block for young authors. What Roose finds at Liberty is an anomaly that changes his world. Armed with an open mind and a reporter's notebook, Roose dives into life at Bible Boot Camp with the goal of connecting with his evangelical peers by experiencing their world first-hand. Keep it walking the line between clearly offending anyone and I think you have what Roose has -- a calculated lie meant to sell books. I don't think this was a purposeful contrast that the author tried to create, but it is there, and I have talked to others who read this book that thought the same thing. He visits a support group for recovering masturbation addicts, goes to an evangelical hip-hop concert, and participates in a spring break mission trip to Daytona Beach, where he learns how to convert bar-hopping co-eds to Christianity.
That's two in a row! No hugs lasting more than a second or two. I think there is some truth to that. I laughed at some of his confusion over things I grew up with. I did get four reprimands for sleeping during convocation. It takes a brave and mature soul to put oneself in the middle of a subject like this, and from a reader's perspective, it is worth the effort. I also think its greatest strengths are the result of the writer's age.
He joined a church choir. Its members are fastened, often without a weighing of alternatives, to a system that valorizes ignorance and trammels free thought. Granted, it would probably be difficult to find anyone in that environment who admitted to being gay or trans! Roose also had to work out just what his project was. A fresh, candid look at what goes on behind the closed doors of our nation's Christian colleges, The Unlikely Disciple is a revelation: a completely balanced memoir that shows us, with the aid of Roose's keen eye and generous spirit, that faith is a lot more complicated than it seems. The problem is this book strikes me as incredibly cynical.