I’ve seen a few people refer to this book online over the past year and was really intrigued by the premise. The author, Kevin Roose, decided to do his college ‘semester abroad’ at Liberty University, an ultra-conservative Christian university. Roose is not a Christian, but wanted to better understand the people his age who lived so differently because of their faith.
My line of work is immersed in the American Evangelical Christian Subculture. I love a fresh perspective. I believe it’s important to see how church and modern Christianity is perceived through fresh eyes from the outside. This book does a good job of that.
I was definitely impressed that the author was intentional about not presenting a disparaging view of Christianity even though he has different beliefs. He was honest about the things that he disagreed with and found either hypocritical or inconsistent. His observations are both profound and insightful.
The book itself is an enjoyable read. The story is interesting and effectively takes you on Roose’s journey. There is a lot of humor, some ugly realizations and even a touch of romance along the way.