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Book Review: The Unlikely Disciple: A Sinner’s Semester at America’s Holiest University

July 6, 2010

The Facts
Title: The Unlikely Disciple: A Sinner’s Semester at America’s Holiest University
Author: Kevin Roose
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Pages: 336

So let me get this straight. This book is about a Brown student going to Falwell’s Liberty University? A liberal student going into a very conservative school? Ok sounds good.

This book reminded me a lot of Donald Miller’s book Blue like Jazz. Except I really liked this book. For one semester Kevin Roose went to Liberty University pretty much to see what its like. This is not a preachy book. This is his journey into a conservative christian college. This has a lot to do with relationships and adventures along the way.

Its just a book to let you know that there is life and there are people out there. It shows how the gospel can and does change you. He was very fair even all the way up to what was Jerry Fallwell’s last interview. You would think that a liberal would rip a conservative? Not in this case.

In fact he took a different approach to the interview with Fallwell. He asked him human questions. Pretty much just a bunch of getting to know you questions. Very balanced. Very fair.

The challenge?
It really opens your eyes to see how human christian colleges are. You think everyone there is goody two shoes. No it paints a realistic picture. He really broke down that lie I believed about those schools. It also challenged me in that I could see how judgmental I was.

The bottom line?
If you want to journey with a man through unknown lands and see the friendships and relationships developed this is a great book for that. You may find yourself knowing the people more than you think.

A good read indeed.

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