Monday, March 23, 2009

Book Giveaway: The Unlikely Disciple

I'm authorized to give away one copy. Rules for the drawing are below. Please read them carefully.

The Unlikely Disciple: A Sinner's Semester at America's Holiest University
By Kevin Roose
(c) 2009
Pub. Grand Central Publishing
336p.

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.






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Rules:

  • Leave a comment in this post expressing your interest in entering the drawing.
  • Provide an @ by which I can contact you in case of a win. Either in your comment or in an email to me at joystory AT gmail DOT com If you email your @ be sure to connect it to your entry. If I do not receive an @ your entry will be disqualified.
  • If, in the case of a win, you would like me link to your blog in the winners announcement post, provide your URL in your comment or via email. This is not a requirement for entering nor do you have to have a blog yourself in order to enter.
  • If you blog about this giveaway, send me a link to the post and your name will be entered a second time.
  • Deadline for entering is NOON PST April 4, 2009. I will select the winners with a random number generator using www.random.org
  • Winners must provide a US or Canadian mailing address. Hachette is unable to deliver to PO Boxes.

15 tell me a story:

Bridget 3/24/2009 7:10 AM  

I've posted this on Win A Book. No need to enter me.

nfmgirl 3/24/2009 7:34 AM  

Sounds like a really interesting journey. I'd love a chance to win. Thank you!

nfmgirl AT gmail DOT com

NotNessie 3/24/2009 7:50 AM  

Sounds like a great book, I would love to be included in this giveaway.

Vanessa
gypsyrover21@yahoo.ca

bermudaonion 3/24/2009 8:02 AM  

Please enter me! milou2ster(at)gmail.com

tetewa 3/24/2009 9:49 AM  

Sounds good, count me in! tWarner419@aol.com

olympianlady 3/24/2009 11:13 AM  

This sounds like a really interesting book. I know I wouldn't have been daring enough to do that. Please enter me in the giveaway. Thanks!

tiffanyak1986(at)hotmail(dot)com

Valorie 3/24/2009 4:15 PM  

I'd love a chance to win. <3

Valorie
morbidromantic@gmail.com

darbyscloset 3/24/2009 8:35 PM  

I'd like a chance to read and review this book! Please throw my name into your hat/box/bag/sandbox or whatever!
You are more than welcome to link to my blog www.myspace.com/darbyscloset
Thanks so much,
Darby
darbyscloset at yahoo dot com

carolsnotebook 3/25/2009 7:28 AM  

I would love to win this. Thanks for entering me.

carolsnotebook@yahoo.com

Marie 3/25/2009 12:35 PM  

This sounds like a really interesting book, I'd love to read it!

vmlay@artsci.wustl.edu

Sean 3/25/2009 2:06 PM  

please enter me!

Bingo 3/26/2009 3:50 AM  

Please enter me.
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The Giveaway Diva 3/26/2009 11:53 PM  

please enter me!!

nicolemarielum @gmail.com

Dawn M. 3/28/2009 12:37 AM  

I've heard of Liberty University but I don't really know much about it. I think it would be interesting to read a semester-in-the-life book on the school. Count me in.

Thanks! :0)
librarygrinch at gmail dot com

Riva 4/02/2009 6:07 AM  

This sounds like a fascinating book. Please enter me!

Thanks!

dulcibelle [at] earthlink[dot]net

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