From Library Journal
Remsberg's story revolves around his experiences with the Unchained Gang, a Christian motorcycle group that does its missionary work at Indiana prisons and jails, biker rallies, and other places where people on the fringe are often ignored by church and society. Because Remsberg is neither a motorcyclist nor a Christian, his interest is journalistic. His perceptive skills enable him to fit inconspicuously into the group, and the reader benefits by feeling like a part of this gangDa unique world of bikers and zealous religious belief. In this interesting and accessible portrayal, Remsberg scrutinizes both the inside workings of the gang (combining 62 photographic images with interviews of gang members) and the people it encounters. The stories of those struggling to make sense of their lives offer great opportunities for reflection. Recommended for libraries staying current on American religions and human-interest stories.DLeroy Hommerding, Fort Myers Beach P.L. Dist., FL
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Remsberg's study of some midwesterners who inhabit both the world of biker gangs and the world of "Spirit-filled Christianity" is a grabber. For, unusually enough, when these chopper pilots dismount their hogs, they are, likely as not, headed for Bible reading or an effusive Pentecostal service. The men and women of the Unchained Gang are from the Bloomington, Indiana, area and attend the Elletsville House of Prayer to hear the sermons of Pastor Larry, one of many colorful informants in this group portrait. The gang came to the attention of documentary photographer Remsberg when members of it intervened in a tense situation involving Bloomington teens and police; they provided a communication conduit and defused things considerably. Remsberg tells the gang's story in pictures, and they tell it in the words of now one, then another particular member. Readers disoriented by the collision of pop cultural worlds that the book embraces will appreciate the understanding afterword by professor of religious studies Colleen McDonnell. Mike TribbyCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved
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