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Rapture Ready!: Adventures in the Parallel Universe of Christian Pop Culture Paperback – Apr 2 2010

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It's Not Supposed to be This Way

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Soft Skull Press; First Trade Paper edition (April 2 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 159376281X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1593762810
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.3 x 22.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 386 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,233,774 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Praise forRapture Ready

'Daniel Radosh writes about evangelical culture with brilliance, humor, and understanding. Everyone should read this book.' -A.J. Jacobs, author ofThe Know-It-All andThe Year of Living Biblically

'A rich exploration of the realm . . . Reading Radosh's book is like coming across another planet hidden somewhere on Earth where everything is just exactly like it is here except blue or made out of plastic.' -Slate

'Radosh is open about his own biases and shortcomings, and responds with astonishing intellectual and emotional honesty to the people and ideas he encounters.' -The Boston Globe Magazine

Praise for Daniel Radosh:

'Radosh has the astute sense of a journalist and the evocative humor of a stand-up comic.' -Publishers Weekly

'Entertaining, often enlightening . . . Radosh takes his role of reporter in an unfamiliar land seriously, yet he isn't afraid to use his well-honed wit to good advantage.' -Booklist

'What happens when a secular liberal enters a conservative Christian subculture? Yes, he's grossed out at times, appalled at least once, amused sometimes, and cussin' mad at other times-and maybe even a little scared on occasion. But in the end, he offers evaluations and insights that might be considered downright prophetic, and compassionate too. No evangelical insider could have down as good a job as Daniel Radosh. He's a witty, energetic, and insightful writer who grabs your attention andinterest on page one and won't let go until he's escorted you to a powerful conclusion in the final paragraphs.' -Brian McLaren, author ofA New Kind of Christian andEverything Must Change

'Radosh has discovered a world that is hilarious, unpredictable, and lucrative! It seems there's a foreign country in America and it's right down the street . . . and now I'm not so sure that I'm not the foreigner.' -Sam Seder, Air America Radio

'This book . . . deserves to be a great discussion starter in Christian circles.'

'The greatest lesson in the book is not in what Radosh says with words but what he teaches by way of his tremendous example. If Christians treated American pop culture with the same respectful criticism and discerning openness that Radosh employed when examining the evangelical universe... these two cultures could have a productive encounter.' -First Things: The Journal of Religion, Culture, and Public Life

'Opening his readers to a complex subculture with an abundance of unusual characters, Radosh's traveling road show is riveting, side-splitting, and thoughtful.' -The Jerusalem Post

'A fascinating and funny exploration of exactly what the title indicates, leavened with empathy.' -McSweeney's

'Radosh paints complex portraits of modern, spiritually engaged Americans struggling to define their faith and its role in the world at large and is his best in these encounters, proving himself a keen observer. He is skilled at teasing out the truths and contradictions of his subjects, many of whom he describes with lyrical precision.' -American Conservative

'The book is full of surprises and tonal shifts, and made me look at not just evangelical culture but American pop culture and Jewish culture in a new light.' -The Forward

'Written with style and sensitivity, the book is at turns comical and spiritually uplifting.' -The Salt Lake Tribune

About the Author

Daniel Radosh is a writer for The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and a freelance journalist who has contributed to The New Yorker, The New York Times, Playboy, Esquire, and GQ. In the early 1990s, Radosh was a staff writer and editor at Spy magazine. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife and children.

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