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.