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Rapture Ready!: Adventures in the Parallel Universe of Christian Pop Culture Paperback – March 23, 2010
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Praise for Rapture Ready
Daniel Radosh writes about evangelical culture with brilliance, humor, and understanding. Everyone should read this book.” A.J. Jacobs, author of The Know-It-All and The Year of Living Biblically
A rich exploration of the realm . . . Reading Radosh’s book is like coming across another planet hidden somewhere on Earth where everything is just exactly like it is here except blue or made out of plastic.” Slate
Radosh is open about his own biases and shortcomings, and responds with astonishing intellectual and emotional honesty to the people and ideas he encounters.” The Boston Globe Magazine
Praise for Daniel Radosh:
Radosh has the astute sense of a journalist and the evocative humor of a stand-up comic.” Publishers Weekly
Entertaining, often enlightening . . . Radosh takes his role of reporter in an unfamiliar land seriously, yet he isn’t afraid to use his well-honed wit to good advantage.” Booklist
What happens when a secular liberal enters a conservative Christian subculture? Yes, he’s grossed out at times, appalled at least once, amused sometimes, and cussin’ mad at other timesand maybe even a little scared on occasion. But in the end, he offers evaluations and insights that might be considered downright prophetic, and compassionate too. No evangelical insider could have down as good a job as Daniel Radosh. He’s a witty, energetic, and insightful writer who grabs your attention and interest on page one and won’t let go until he’s escorted you to a powerful conclusion in the final paragraphs.” Brian McLaren, author of A New Kind of Christian and Everything Must Change
Radosh has discovered a world that is hilarious, unpredictable, and lucrative! It seems there’s a foreign country in America and it’s right down the street . . . and now I’m not so sure that I’m not the foreigner.” Sam Seder, Air America Radio
This book . . . deserves to be a great discussion starter in Christian circles.” Beliefnet.com
The greatest lesson in the book is not in what Radosh says with words but what he teaches by way of his tremendous example. If Christians treated American pop culture with the same respectful criticism and discerning openness that Radosh employed when examining the evangelical universe these two cultures could have a productive encounter.” First Things: The Journal of Religion, Culture, and Public Life
Opening his readers to a complex subculture with an abundance of unusual characters, Radosh’s traveling road show is riveting, side-splitting, and thoughtful.” The Jerusalem Post
A fascinating and funny exploration of exactly what the title indicates, leavened with empathy.” McSweeney’s
Radosh paints complex portraits of modern, spiritually engaged Americans struggling to define their faith and its role in the world at large and is his best in these encounters, proving himself a keen observer. He is skilled at teasing out the truths and contradictions of his subjects, many of whom he describes with lyrical precision.” American Conservative
The book is full of surprises and tonal shifts, and made me look at not just evangelical culture but American pop culture and Jewish culture in a new light.” The Forward
Written with style and sensitivity, the book is at turns comical and spiritually uplifting.” The Salt Lake Tribune
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Top Customer Reviews
Radosh's book embraces a complex, nuanced view of evangelical culture, and argues that secular liberals may have much more in common with at least some Christians than they would imagine. For every narrow-minded fundamentalist or weird, misguided extremist, there's a surprise: the encounter with Christian thriller writer Frank Peretti will come as particularly unexpected for anyone who grew up reading his books.
Whether you're a Christian who wants some perspective on the outside world might see you or a non-Christian who wants to see what makes them tick, this book is a must-read. I think it could be a really valuable tool for establishing common ground for a dialogue between the two groups.
On some levels, Rapture Ready is the cynical analysis of the industry I was hoping for. I think it's impossible for an outsider to look at this kind of industry without a certain wry amusement. I was surprised, though, at just how even handed Radosh's approach was. He talked to people involved at every level (musicians, pastors, writers, fans, critics, etc.) and presented an array of opinions. Radosh doesn't hesitate to point out the flaws, inconsistencies, and downright absurdities of the products, performances, and not so hidden agendas he encounters, but he does it without any malicious intent. He's just as likely to draw attention to the things he finds admirable or effective. Some of his observations are laugh out loud funny, and some deeply personal, but all are well thought out and well written.
Rapture Ready is a great (though no doubt frightening at times) primer for outsiders on the fascinating "parallel universe of Christian pop culture", but more than that the observations and insights presented by both the author and the people he encounters really should be read by anyone who produces or consumes Christian pop culture.
I was impressed with the breadth of his knowledge, his willingness to have his pre-conceived notions corrected (or confirmed), and his sense of humor. (Honestly, we evangelicals are a pretty funny bunch sometimes... and occasionally even on purpose.) Particularly interesting is his interview with Frank Peretti & Ted Dekker.
He deals with Jesus junk, CCM, passion plays, Bibleman, Hell Houses, the sad state of Christian fiction, niche marketing for Bibles, "Left Behind" (and not kindly, which I wholeheartedly approve!), abortion politics, Christian comedians (including lots of time w/Dan Rupple), creation science museums, abstinence education & Christian sex therapy... even Christian wrestling. He admits that his coverage isn't exhaustive, but it's still pretty darn good.
His confrontation at Cornerstone with the volunteer at the Rock for Life booth should be required reading for every pro-life person... and I'm one of those people.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great , non-judgmental, humanizing insight into Christian Pop culture - coming from an atheist who was raised pretty far removed from it!Published 15 months ago by k
It's all in the title. Very interesting and entertaining, though with a couple slow spots and one chapter that was a bit distasteful. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Minh A. Lai
This was a fascinating exploration of the Christian Pop subculture. I like subcultures anyway, and was interested to learn about a group that thinks so differently from the way I... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Kristen
After having read this book for the second time, I found it just as engaging. It's funny and fascinating read that is fair to its subjects. Definitely worth checking out.Published 21 months ago by Anne Marie
The recipient loves this book. He teaches Church Music at a collegiate level and said this will be a great book to reference in his lectures.Published 23 months ago by ccbonjour
Very interesting book. It's well written and Daniel is very witty. He had me laughing a bunch, but as a Christian and evangelical to boot, I disagree with his points he made at... Read morePublished on November 26, 2013 by Jim
Daniel Radosh writes a hilarious book that shows the fascinating underside of religious culture. For some, it might be eye-opening. Read morePublished on June 16, 2013 by Anna Cain
Now that I have read it, I can see why the dollar store was having trouble moving their enourmous shipment of this book. I found it dull and boring. Read morePublished on February 20, 2013 by Kimberly