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Product Details

  • Paperback: 292 pages
  • Publisher: Rebel Island Press (August 6, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0985521708
  • ISBN-13: 978-0985521707
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #924,637 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Marji Mendelsohn, writing under the name K. C. BOYD, grew up in Ohio back in the day when religion was a personal thing. Decades later, Mendelsohn awakened to a world where a growing number of radical right-wing Christians were quietly praying for the world to end so that Jesus Christ would return.

After the 2004 election demonstrated too much acceptance for this extreme Christian worldview among the right-wing, Mendelsohn embarked on a strange and often frightening exploration of the far-right; attending evangelical services and conferences across the United States. Concerned about the increasing danger from mixing politics with end-times Christianity, she realized it was time to expose what she saw using fiction to convey her warnings. The result, born of close observation of key personalities, is Being Christian.

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Craig Unger on December 14, 2012
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KC Boyd's black comedy takes you on a wild and frightening ride deep into the dark side of the religious right. Horrifying and comic, provocative and sexy, it is a penetrating portrait of a fundamentalist con man who too closely resembles leading evangelical figures. Too many liberals have not bothered to examine this threat closely. But if you've wondered how tens of millions of Americans could be taken in by Tim LaHaye's Left Behind series on the Rapture, Boyd's Being Christian is the perfect antidote.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Melvin A. Goodman on September 12, 2012
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"Being Christian" is a timely and provocative work that reveals a new courageous author and an important not-so fictional introduction to the dangers of an American brand of fundamentalism that is corrupting American politics and policies. The writing is vivid and straight from the shoulder; the narrative is chilling and genuine; the ideas are compelling. Anyone interested in the impact of religious fundamentalism on American politics will absorb this work. As for the Founding Fathers, they would say "we warned you about this."
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on November 3, 2012
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In this fascinating novel, K. C. Boyd explores extreme right-wing Christianity in American today by focusing the life and career of a Texas megachurch pastor, Christian Hillcox, who strives to break free of the bonds of his own checkered past to influence everything from public policy on abortion to Mideast policy and the coming of the "end times."

"Being Christian" is on one level a character study of the Pastor Hillcox. He is a complex man who has learned the arts of manipulation from his abusive father and is profoundly insecure at his own core. His actions as a young man and his relationships as a mature and successful church leader are symbolic of how, in extreme religion, the emphasis on sexuality demonstrates its leadership's ambiguity and poor understanding regarding sexuality as functions of biology, love, and control. His ability to hold all others accountable while never failing to excuse his own many flaws and sins holds up to the light the manner in which ideologues manipulate their own intellects to maintain understandings that are self-contradicting and beyond proof.

More than simply exposing right-wing Christianity on ideological and theological grounds, "Being Christian" allows us a look at the inner workings of the men (and it is mostly men) who lead their congregations to extreme and dangerous beliefs.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Sylvia McTibb on February 13, 2013
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If you're intrigued/amused/horrified by the mind-set and manipulations of conservative christian extremists, then Being Christian is the book for you. As stated in other reviews, it is an extremely dark novel. Yet, I found it also to be hilarious, particularly the colorful description of the relationship between Christian and Darlene. Being Christian definitely is a page turner that offers a chilling depiction of the abuse of power and what is possible when religion is carried to the extreme.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Anonymous on January 18, 2013
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Being Christian is a beautifully written and thought provoking novel. The author presents a story, beginning in childhood, that allows the reader to understand the underlying causes of the main character's otherwise insufferable acts. The author successfully illustrates the ripple effect of early childhood abuse and does a wonderful job narrating the life of an extremely intriguing character. You will not be able to put this page turner down and you will certainly not regret the purchase!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By nancy mendelsohn on December 13, 2012
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I really enjoyed reading this book. It is a novel with a raw view of the Christian Right. The story recounts the preacher's "rise" while revealing his dark side to the reader. The novel is thought provoking and well written.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sarah Cash on May 26, 2014
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Being Christian is an all-consuming book about the immorality that envelops humanity despite all attempts to escape it. Christian is a troubled young boy who develops into a troubled adult man who remarkably earned himself a spot on the pedestal of the Big Guy upstairs, or so he thinks. The journey that is his life is incredibly depicted through many trials and tribulations, though not always politically correct, his true colors become increasingly exposed. Being Christian kept me up at night; toying with my emotions. There were times that I felt saddened for the life that this gentleman was born into, trying to decipher the difference between nature vs. nurture. Ultimately, the books leaves you on the edge of seat, waiting to see what happens when the day comes that Christian stands in front of the big pearly gates...

A must read!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By asitis on December 22, 2012
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Wow . . . This explosive psychological dive into the dirty side of Christianity is hard to put down! It reads like a cautionary tale about the crazed megalomania of hard-right evangelicals who mix politics and power with religion and "righteousness." With wit and imagination, the author gradually exposes in full color the danger of false prophets wielding dangerous "truths." Seems like it's ripped out of today's headlines -- you could argue probably taken to an extreme . . . or maybe not. For anyone who worries about the growing influence of the far right Christian movement, this is an important read. Though dark in many places, and lurid in it's brutal honesty, it has enough frank humor and subtle ironies to make it one of the best books I've read in a very long time.
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