Monday, February 24, 2014

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

Roose, a sophomore at very liberal Brown University, spends a semester at Liberty University, a conservative Christian university as a sort of "domestic study abroad." Liberty students follow (or don't follow) a 46-page code of conduct called "The Liberty Way" and take classes like Evangelism 101. Roose dives in 100% and attends Bible studies, hangs out with his dorm mates, and studies the course material (which actually requires more studying that he anticipated).

This is an even-keeled but personal piece of investigative reporting. Roose works as A.J. Jacobs' writing assistant, and you can tell that he's been well-trained and taught. I thought that he might be cynical and sarcastic and would poke fun at Liberty and its students and their beliefs. On the contrary, he is very respectful, open-minded, and is truly interested in getting to know people and what they think. He finds that Liberty students are humans who struggle with just like all of us.

This could have been a mean, mocking book but it is actually quite interesting and respectful. Nice job, Roose! What are you working on now???


Anonymous said...

I had not heard about this book before, sounds interesting, thanks for blogging about this one. Michal

Elaine said...

Thanks for checking out my blog! =D If you do read this one, please let me know what you think!