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Notable Book: The Unlikely Disciple

The Unlikely Disciple: A Sinner’s Semester at America’s Holiest University by Kevin Roose is an entertaining, thought-provoking book.  The premise (conceived by Roose when he worked as an intern for AJ Jacobs when he was writing The Year of Living Biblically) was for Roose to transfer for one semester from Brown University to Liberty University.

In an effort to understand this particular form of evangelicalism, Roose thought it best to pass himself off as an evangelical as well.  You may find his approach disingenuous (technically, that would be accurate), but he wouldn’t have been able to find people to open up to him in the way that he did.  People would’ve been seeking to convert him or parrot the party line.

Roose chronicles his experiences with his classes (and is honest in his assessment), with church, with professors, and with the student body.  It appears that he had an expectation that each and every person would march in step with the Liberty Way, or that everyone would agree with the Liberty Way, but he found that not to be the case (I think to his surprise and relief).  He found his peers to be, well, like his peers, sharing similar interests, concerns, and worries.

He threw himself headlong into his research.  He adhered to the codes (which in some way made dating easier- the lack of pressure for physical intimacy allowed an opportunity to get to know the other person), and even participated in the spiritual activities at Liberty (attending prayer groups, learning and trying to pray, bible studies, meeting weekly with a mentor, and going on a Spring Break Mission Trip).

Along the way, Roose offers excellent insights and observations about the Liberty Way.  This book is well worth the read.  Very entertaining.

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