Thursday, March 26, 2009

The Unlikely Disciple by Kevin Roose and Book Giveaway

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I'm giving away 5 brand new copies of today's book! Leave a comment with your email address so I can contact you if you win. I'll pick a name and announce the winners on Thursday April 2
. US and Canada addresses only (No PO Boxes). Good luck!

No drinking.

No smoking.

No cursing.

No dancing.

No R-rated movies.

Kevin Roose wasn't used to rules like these. 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. But when Roose leaves his Ivy League confines to spend a semester at Liberty University, a conservative Baptist school in Lynchburg, Virginia, obedience is no longer optional.

Liberty is the late Reverend Jerry Falwell's "Bible Boot Camp" for young evangelicals, his training ground for the next generation of America's Religious Right. Liberty's ten thousand undergraduates take courses like Evangelism 101, hear from guest speakers like Sean Hannity and Karl Rove, and follow a forty-six-page code of conduct that regulates every aspect of their social lives. Hoping to connect with his evangelical peers, Roose decides to enroll at Liberty as a new transfer student, leaping across the God Divide and chronicling his adventures in this daring report from the front lines of America's culture war.

His journey takes him from an evangelical hip-hop concert to choir practice at Falwell's legendary Thomas Road Baptist Church. He experiments with prayer, participates in a spring break mission trip to Daytona Beach (where he learns to preach the gospel to partying coeds), and pays a visit to Every Man's Battle, an on-campus support group for chronic masturbators. He meets pastors' kids, closet doubters, Christian rebels, and conducts what would be the last print interview of Rev. Falwell's life.

Hilarious and heartwarming, respectful and thought-provoking, The Unlikely Disciple will inspire and entertain believers and nonbelievers alike.



Kevin Roose was born in 1987 in small-town Ohio. His parents, staunch left-wing activists who once worked for Ralph Nader, raised him with almost no religious background, even though they were technically Quakers (a liberal Christian sect also known as the Religious Society of Friends). His Quakerism contributed very little to his spiritual development, and mostly meant that he spent his childhood fielding questions about oatmeal.

Before becoming an author, Roose held down various part-time jobs, including working as a tennis camp counselor, a juice bar barista, and a biblical slave (long story). During his sophomore year at Brown University, he stumbled upon a group of students from Liberty University, the late Reverend Jerry Falwell's "Bible Boot Camp" for young evangelicals.

Inspired by that meeting, he decided to leave Brown and spend a semester "abroad" at Liberty, learning about his Christian peers by living among them. While at Liberty, he took Bible courses, sang in the church choir, went on Christian dates, experimented with prayer, interviewed Rev. Falwell for the campus newspaper, and chronicled his experiences in THE UNLIKELY DISCIPLE: A Sinner's Semester at America's Holiest University.

Since returning to Brown, Roose has continued writing for national publications like Esquire, SPIN, and mental_floss, on topics as wide-ranging as barbershop quartets, professional magicians, and cell-phone ringtones. He is a staff writer for the College Hill Independent, a regular columnist for the Brown Daily Herald, and a Rose Writing Fellow. In 2008, he was given a Royce Fellowship for his journalism, and barring an act of God, he will graduate from Brown in 2009 with an English degree. He lives in a dorm room in Providence, Rhode Island, with three suitemates and a Pulp Fiction poster on the wall.





23 comments:

  1. I'm interested in reading this one since we pass right by Liberty University every time we go to visit my in-laws. milou2ster(at)gmail.com

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  2. Count me in too! I grew up in Roanoke and knew some kids from high school who went to Liberty!

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  3. wow, this is one interesting sounding book! please enter me (US address available).

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  4. Sounds fascinating!
    sixsunflowerseeds at gmail dot com

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  5. This sounds cool! I've been thinking about attending Liberty University!

    Anna
    writer_weaver(at)yahoo(dot)com
    or dancingqueen18 @ PBS

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  6. This sounds like a very interested book - I would love to have a chance to get it!

    crystalfulcher at ec dot rr dot com

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  7. Anonymous12:57 PM

    I'm interested! Santiago Leon, sleon70&gmail.com http://santiagoleon.net

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  8. Kristipye (FR)3:00 PM

    This sounds like a great book for new Christians. I would love to win it and share it with others.

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  9. Anonymous3:42 PM

    do you have any more copies you'd be willing to share? I'd love to read this book. sounds very intersting ( stillmagnolia) from pbs. thank you

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  10. sounds like an interesting read.

    cshabrambeach[at]gmail[dot]com

    tweet: clsbeach

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  11. Please include me in your giveaway.
    Thanks
    Debbie
    debdesk9@verizon.net

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  12. My daughter has been accepted to Liberty! My family (aside from me) is ultra-liberal. My brother was apalled to find out she'd been accepted to Falwell's college. I'd love the chance to read this book, and I'm sure my daughter would be interested as well. :)

    Blessings,
    Mimi & Brie

    mnjesusfreak at gmail dot com

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  13. I am always interested to read about other religions to get a sense of where they are coming from so this would be an interesting read. Thank you for the chance to enter.

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  14. Sounds like a wonderful read, thanks for the review and chance to win!

    slcremer at gmail dot com

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  15. I would love to win this for my daughter, in fact I am going to tell her to enter too.
    My daughter went to a small private christian College, it was tough at times but she loved it!
    and I feel she is a much better person because of it.

    forevereading at gmail dot com

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  16. Aha! A book I do not yet own! I'd love to win...you've made it sound so good:-)

    thedeena63 at hotmail dot come

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  17. This sounds like a most unusual and interesting book. I would never have heard about it if not for your blog and would love to win a copy. Thank you!

    cjarvis [at] bellsouth [dot] net

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  18. sounds like a book my 18 yo and I would both enjoy!
    stampedwithgrace at cox dot net

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  19. Sounds great, I have friends that go to liberty. bittersweet6s at yahoo dot com

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  20. I really want to read this one!

    resonated AT gmail DOT com

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  21. This looks like a GREAT book, i really hope i win!

    rebornbutterfly (at) sbcglobal (dot) net

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  22. I've been wanting to read this. It's on my PBS WL. Please enter me. Thanks!

    PBS nickname: tiffanyak
    tiffanyak1986(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  23. This guy sounds amazing. I loved his video. I think his book would be an inspiration. I would love to read it.
    littleflwers at gmail dot com

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