The Unlikely Disciple

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Book Report: The Unlikely Disciple
The Unlikely Disciple is about a Brown University journalist student, Kevin Roose, who decides to spend one semester at Liberty University. He chooses to take this semester in order to order to get better insight on the evangelical community. Although originally Roose only wanted to shallowly integrate into the Christian community to gain a better perspective, by the end of the novel he realizes that you cannot pretend to be something you are not without being a little affected by it. One of the struggles Roose faces is dating Ana who is a female student at Liberty University. Even though there is clearly chemistry between the two, Roose opts out of dating Ana as he does not want to start a relationship based on the false pretenses he has created to fit in at the university. The students at Liberty University are subjected to a great deal of rules that most college students would vehemently disregard. These rules are reinforced by students who are RAs. The author describes being an RA at Liberty as “one of the most grueling jobs on the planet” (174). The college students are forbidden to smoke, drink, and curse. There is great variation in the rules as the students are also prohibited from watching R-rated movies, dancing, hugging more than three seconds, or having any sexual interaction with the opposite sex. For example, the guys on Roose’s dorm hall were caught watching the gory R-rated movie 300 and their punishment was to get “twelve [reprimands] to each person present,” “fined a combined $350,” and “the DVD was confiscated” (172). Some of the rules are implemented to stop activities that will lead the students into further sinful behavior, such as the movie and hugging restrictions. As any ...

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...plot twists. For instance, Keven Roose was the last to get a print interview from the late Jerry Falwell and the article Roose wrote was handed out during the funeral. It is a little ironic that Kevin Roose wrote the article in order to gain a better understanding of the late Jerry Falwell for his novel. I believe the author successfully gave an unbiased account of the evangelical lifestyle. The novel included a range of evangelical Christians which demonstrates that it would be ignorant and wrong to group all of these individuals in one group based on religion. I thoroughly enjoyed seeing how the author reacted to opinions he did not agree with, specifically the constant homophobic remarks which were rather insulting as he has many gay friends and gay family members. Therefore, I would recommend the novel because it has interesting content and a reasonable length.