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

4 Ratings: 4.5
A book by Kevin Roose

In what could be described as religious gonzo journalism, Roose documents his experiences as a student for a semester at Liberty University, the largest Christian fundamentalist university in the United States. Coming from progressive Brown University, … see full wiki

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Author: Kevin Roose
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
4 reviews about The Unlikely Disciple: A Sinner's Semester...
review by . October 25, 2009
Full disclosure: I am a parent of Liberty students, one of whom was finishing the final semester of her bachelor's degree during Roose's secret semester (now with her Master's degree from Liberty), and two current students. So as my money has helped build the university, it has helped build my children, and I am pleased with the results on both counts. I was there at the graduation ceremony after Jerry Falwell's sudden death, and I remember reading the article Roose had written with its personal …
review by . May 29, 2010
I was raised in a Christian home, but my upbringing really wasn't evangelical in nature. My parents came from very different backgrounds (Catholicism and Pentecostal) and found a middle ground in Methodism. Though I've been a Christian most my life, I didn't become acquainted with the term "evangelism" until I went to college. Therefore, when I first heard about Kevin Roose's book, THE UNLIKELY DISCIPLE, I knew it was a book that I had to read. From reading the book's blurb I knew that Kevin's background …
review by . February 27, 2010
As a lapsed Catholic who has spent most of her life in the liberal Northeast (New York City and Washington, DC) life in an evangelical university sounded pretty foreign to me. I have always been curious about it.    Kevin Roose, a Brown University student left Brown University and took a semester at a fundamentalist Christian university and see what it was like. From the start he planned to write a book about his experience. The very best thing about the resulting book is the …
review by . June 15, 2009
Roose, Kevin. "The Unlikely Disciple" A Sinner's Semester at America's Holiest University", Grand Central Publishing, 2009.    A Semester at Liberty University    Amos Lassen    Kevin Roose was a student at Liberty University, the largest Christian fundamentalist school, for a semester. Liberty is a school that tries to control student behavior and caused our author a great deal of anxiety. Roose was only 19 when he went to Liberty and …
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