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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: NAL Trade (September 5, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451219457
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451219459
  • Product Dimensions: 7.1 x 5.1 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,774,521 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In his latest offering, the author of The Hipster Handbook brings his brand of sardonic wit and caricature assassination to bear on all things evangelical. Like all great satire, the book is cerebral, irreverent and hilarious, while also edifying in introducing the characters, vocabulary and complex political and social network loosely referred to as the Christian right. Lanham skillfully navigates the "Evangophobe" through the treacherous waters of Colorado Springs ("the Evangelical Vatican"); goes after leaders like Jerry Falwell, whose health, Lanham writes, "has been declining ever since he got shrapnel in his leg from the war on Christmas"; and explains the megachurch phenomenon, where congregations approaching 20,000 people can contribute $6 million annually. Readers familiar with Lanham's style will immediately recognize his self-deprecating irony and indomitably hip sensibility. Despite the sometimes predictable snarkiness and easy targets, Lanham keeps the humor sharp throughout. (Sept. 5)
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About the Author

Robert Lanham, the author of The Hipster Handbook and Food Court Druids, Cherohonkees and Other Creatures Unique to the Republic, has published countless articles in major publications.

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By B. Latronica on March 23, 2007
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I'm a Christian, and was formerly of the "Evangelical Right". There I said it.

I have been an "insider" to the Christian sub-culture for far too long, and this book does a great job of presenting what that sub-culture consists of.

Descriptions are given with a caustic charm; they are amazingly accurate and witty.

My only problem with the book is that the author tends to make broad generalizations and takes some quotes out of context. All in all, it does capture what the American Mega-church has become.
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84 of 105 people found the following review helpful By India E. Henson on September 7, 2006
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I have been a churchgoer for most of my adult life, which is substantial. I am one of those people who went faithfully but didn't quite understand all that was going on. Now, thanks to this wonderful little book, I have all the answers. I especially liked ths section on Tim LeHaye and all that Left Behind stuff. While people were reading that stuff, I was reading stuff like the Thursday Next series. I'm glad to get a rundown on all the famous and rich televangelists, because now I know what these people look like and what they talk about. I never understood what all the hoopla was about for the DaVinci Code, but now I understand what a unifying book it was. I was reading Elaine Pagels during that time. I guess I was never interested enough to study the wheres, whys, and hows, of the evangelical right, because, well, quite frankly, I sensed a certain amount of slickness and inauthenticity about that whole world, and I didn't want to muddy up my faith.

And now I understand all about Colorado Springs. When I talk to evangelical preachers, they get really excited about going to Colorado Springs. It's nice to get a firm grasp on all this stuff. There's lots more explanations in the book that I think will help even uneducated Southern evangelicals like me. After reading it, I recalled something I read a few years back. Went something like this: When the student is ready, the prophet comes. I think that's what has happened. All my silent questions and uncertainties about the evangelical right have been validated. And with a sense of humor. I appreciate that.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By J. Brown on January 16, 2007
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Having loved Hipster Handbook and Food Court Druids, I couldn't wait for the Sinner's Guide. This book was worth the wait. Seriously. Seriously funny. Lanham's insight and wit prevail as never before, but this is a serious piece of research and a key to understanding the phenomenon of the Evangelical Right. The dominant personalities and background of the movement are illuminated and exposed in piercing clarity --and did I mention the great illustrations! This work is a disturbing revelation of the frightening politicization, manipulation and power of the religious right. I laughed until I cried. Really. I keep Sinner's Guide on my night stand as a reference book. Highly useful when the next self righteous evangelical is exposed. Can't wait for Lanham's next work!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Stephen J. Brook on May 6, 2007
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It's alarming to think that indirectly the Christian Right, with its lunatic ideas, has influence far beyond the borders of the US, including here in Australia. The idea of the Rapture is just as crazy as that of a Paradise with dozens of virgins awaiting the faithful. Robert Lanham's book is a useful warning to non-Americans.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Hememan on January 9, 2007
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For those (rightly) cynical about the agenda of the religious right, this book is your cup of tea. You'll learn facts about the major players, some of which are unsavory, and will probably laugh out loud at the authors'take on what these hypocrites say and do.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Nancy Gallagher on November 9, 2006
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Loved it! Very funny, but also very informative. It really gave a good, thorough analysis of all the players and their roles in making this country an evangelical madhouse! I hope everyone reads this, religious, non-religious, and those somewhere inbetween.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Cliff W. Davis on October 10, 2007
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I grew up in a right-wing Christian family in the South, and this book brought it all home, but so freakin' FUNNY! It's total fluff, so don't be expecting some in-depth analysis of right-wing politics or anything, but it's definitely a funny - yet pointed - look at certain aspects of American culture. Definitely worth the five bucks I paid for it, just for the laughs I got the first time I read it when I recognized everything they were talking about.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Mark Erickson on November 9, 2006
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I was already familiar with most of the despicable characters described in this book, and it reinforced my beliefs about the Evangelical Right. The chapters on Creflo Dollar and Joel Osteen are particularly interesting. I don't think the J man would be pleased with these people who have become multi-millionaires by invoking his name. Since the Democrats have taken over Congress, I'm sure Pat Robertson and the rest of the gang believe the Anti-Christ will make his appearance at any moment...lol
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