In the Land of Believers

In the Land of Believers

An Outsider's Extraordinary Journey Into the Heart of the Evangelical Church

Book - 2010
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Ever since evangelical Christians rose to national prominence, mainstream America has watched them with a nervous eye, but our understanding hasn't gone beyond the caricatures. Who are evangelicals, really? To find out, Gina Welch, a young secular Jew ("born atheist") from Berkeley, joined Jerry Falwell's Thomas Road Baptist Church. Over the course of nearly two years, Welch immersed herself in the life and language of the devout: she learned to interpret the world like an evangelical, weathered the death of Falwell, and embarked on a mission trip to Alaska. Alive to the meaning behind the music and the mind behind the slogans, Welch recognized the allure of evangelicalism, even for the godless, realizing that the congregation met needs and answered questions she didn't know she had. What emerges is a riveting account of a skeptic's transformation from uninformed cynicism to compassionate understanding, and a rare view of how evangelicals see themselves.--From publisher description.
Publisher: New York : Metropolitan Books, c2010
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780805083378
0805083375
Branch Call Number: 277.3083 W443i 2010
Characteristics: xii, 333 p. ; 25 cm

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cdybenko
Mar 29, 2010

Liberal athiest Gina fakes a conversion and joins Jerry Falwell's church in Lynchberg, Virginia.

I found this book so interesting having been raised in the evangelical church. I found myself laughing and gasping.

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