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Kilpatrick, founder of the religion satire site Larknews.com, has written a mildly entertaining, if also slightly snarky, introduction to American evangelicalism. First, he claims evangelicals think most people—the New York Times staff, divorce lawyers and all Muslims and Buddhists—will go to hell. Evangelicals themselves, of course, will go to heaven, "the ultimate gated community." It can be hard to spot evangelicals out and about, though they are likely to patronize businesses with biblical names, like Last Days Auto Repair, and they often carry cell phones that ring hymn tunes. Evangelicals also favor certain décor: Thomas Kinkade paintings, Precious Moments figurines and art with biblical quotations. If you wish to actually visit an evangelical church, look for an organization that sounds more like a rehab center than a house of worship: if the building down the block is called Grace Community or Hope Fellowship, odds are it's an evangelical church. There are, to be sure, some chuckles to be had here. "The Legend of the Sand Dollar," a takeoff on cheesy evangelical poems, is very clever, and the chapter on evangelical education offers an amusing look at both home-schooling and Christian colleges. But on the whole, the jokes are a tad too predictable. (Mar.)
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“Kilpatrick is probably the funniest voice in the evangelical world today.” (Dean Batali, executive producer, That '70s Show and writer of Buffy the Vampire Slayer)

“Entertaining reading for those not afraid to laugh about religion or themselves.” (Grand Rapids Press)

“Joel Kilpatrick has been making Christians laugh and cry for years. His latest book will continue to do just that.” (Relevant Magazine)
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: HarperOne (March 14, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060836962
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060836962
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.4 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,303,525 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Larknews is the best thing to come from Christianity since ...well, salvation. This book sprinkles some of the best news articles from Larknews in with a wonderfully hilarious introduction to Evangelical Christianity for those hell-bound sinners that dont have giant Thomas Kincaid paintings adorning walls in every room of their house.

I may not be an evangelical myself any longer [having moved on to one of those liturgical 'religious' churches] but I spent enough sundays sitting in the padded pews of a smiley happy mega church to know that this book is spot on. If you have a good sense of humor this is definitely a book for you.
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If Saturday Night Live was organized by a bunch of Christians, this is what is would be like. Kilpatrick brings raw satire to a Christian format that makes for some great laughs and insights into Evangelical behaivor. If you're a Christian with a good sense of humer, this book is for you.
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Kilpatrick has an amazing wit. "Jesus is coming back - probably tomorrow." The Rapture as ultimate "I Told You So." The author both celebrates and pokes fun at pop culture. From Sponge-Bob-Square-Pants to Marilyn Manson (who even the devil himself seems to fear), Kilpatrick presents life in all its beautiful, unseemly, squirmy glory, through the super-sizing lens of Evangelicalism. In "Field Guide," Evangelicalism appears less a religious stance and rather more a collection of forgivable, if pesky, cultural-biases. If Evangelical speculations that Pat and Debbie Boon will be playing in heaven, AC/DC in hell, leave you entertaining sympathy for the devil, you're perhaps getting the author's key message: An overemphasis on worldly "trappings" (Christian-paraphernalia, right-wing political-party affiliation) that attend a supposed commitment to following Jesus, misses the point. The religious life is far simpler, yet endlessly more challenging: treat the guy standing next to you in line at the supermarket the way you'd like to be treated.
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Having grown up in the church and attended a Christian college, it's scary how right on Kilpatrick is in his field guide. I laughed out loud several times in recognition, and shook my head in embarassment as I noted truths about myself and friends of mine. This is a must-read if you are an evangelical with a sense of humor.
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If you look at life differently than most people and see humor where others see sacred cows you'll dig this book. If you're an evangelical, reading this book is like seeing yourself on video for the first time -- you'll realize you're not as attractive as you thought. Even so, you'll find yourself laughing way too much and you might even shed a tear and determine to change the way you go about living out your faith. I highly recommend this book, as it is challenging and funny.
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This is one of the best satyrical works I've ever read on the subject! Belly laughs guaranteed! It also offers a very healthy look at the North American evangelical reality. Whether you are "churched", "de-churched", "unchurched", or "never-ever-going-to-church", you should enjoy this read. Especially if you have encountered the species that has tried to convert you! A perfect gift for your pastor, rabbi or priest!
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Joel Klpatrick's book, "A Field Guide to Evangelicals and Their Habitat" sounded funny, but upon reading it I realized I was wrong, it was hilarious. I tried to read a segment to my husband, but I was laughing so hard he couldn't understand what I was saying! I just loved the bluntness and the God's honest truth about us evangelicals. Hopefully we'll live this one down. If you want a truly funny and different angle, you'll love this book!
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This is pretty funny because it's so accurate! My daughter and son in law go to one of these type of churches, so I did get a bit of a giggle. It just stays the right side of poking fun without being cruel (most of the time).
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