In the Land of Believers

In the Land of Believers

An Outsider's Extraordinary Journey Into the Heart of the Evangelical Church

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Baker & Taylor
An undercover exploration of the world of evangelicals--in which the author, a secular Jew, attended Jerry Falwell's Thomas Road Baptist Church for two years--offers a riveting account of a skeptic's transformation from uninformed cynicism to compassionate understanding.

McMillan Palgrave

An undercover exploration of the world of evangelicals, offering an extraordinary behind-the-scenes look at the faithful

Ever since evangelical Christians rose to national prominence, mainstream America has tracked their every move with a nervous eye. But in spite of this vigilance, our understanding hasn’t gone beyond the caricatures. Who are evangelicals, really? What are they like in private, and what do they want? Is it possible that beneath the differences in culture and language, church and party, we might share with them some common purpose?

To find out, Gina Welch, a young secular Jew from Berkeley, joined Jerry Falwell’s Thomas Road Baptist Church. Over the course of nearly two years, Welch immersed herself in the life and language of the devout: she learned to interpret the world like an evangelical, weathered the death of Falwell, and embarked on a mission trip to Alaska intended to save one hundred souls. Alive to the meaning behind the music and the mind behind the slogans, Welch recognized the allure of evangelicalism, even for the godless, realizing that the congregation met needs and answered questions she didn’t know she had.

What emerges is a riveting account of a skeptic’s transformation from uninformed cynicism to compassionate understanding, and a rare view of how evangelicals see themselves. Revealing their generosity and hopefulness, as well as their prejudice and exceptionalism, In the Land of Believers is a call for comprehending, rather than dismissing, the impassioned believers who have become so central a force in American life.



Baker
& Taylor

An undercover exploration of the world of evangelicals--in which the author, a secular Jew, attended Jerry Falwell's Thomas Road Baptist Church for two years--offers an account of a skeptic's transformation from uninformed cynicism to compassionate understanding.

Publisher: New York : Metropolitan Books, 2010
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780805083378
0805083375
Characteristics: xii, 333 p. ; 25 cm

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Mar 29, 2010

Liberal athiest Gina fakes a conversion and joins Jerry Falwell's church in Lynchberg, Virginia.

I found this book so interesting having been raised in the evangelical church. I found myself laughing and gasping.

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