- 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: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,233,774 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Rapture Ready!: Adventures in the Parallel Universe of Christian Pop Culture Paperback – Apr 2 2010
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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.' -Beliefnet.com
'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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"Will the concept of secularizing Christianity work in the long range?" is the question the author attempts to answer throuhout his text. My sense is that it probably will not. Anytime you mix two things together, neither one of them remains the same, they both change. In this instance secular society has changed to a small degree through the quasi acceptance of pop-Christianity into its mix. Christianity, on the other hand, if it maintains its path down this road, will change significantly. The period of the peaceful, holy little church in the valley will be gone. It will be replaced by religious extravaganzas that are more confrontive and egotistical than humble and spiritual. The author shows that the percentage of young adults who turn away from the church remains at 65%. This is in spite of the pop-Christian campaign to reach a population they feel is critical to the church's future. In the mean time mainline denominatons, who were the Christian standard bearers a few decades ago, are shrinking rapidly.
This is a top quality, well written text that covers an area of social that should interest everyone. Bravo! to Daniel Radosh for bringing it to our attention,
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The book is well-organized and very readable. I learned something. I'd recommend it.
If the title of this post, taken verbatim from this book, offends you, you will not appreciate this book. The author's very creative use of f-bombs littered throughout the text will no doubt have the effect of placing Eskimos in a dunk tank filled with scalding, bubbling oil. No doubt, I am taking these words out of context, but then again, Radosh does the same thing to Stephen Baldwin in this book, so I guess he knew he was setting himself up for that.
THAT SAID, Radosh gives a very fair and balanced examination of the unbearably tacky, of the politically volatile, and the... surprisingly good/effective elements within the Evangelical Christian pop culture bubble.
The one reason why evangelical Christians (small 'e', incorporating all denominations) should weather the harsh language is that Radosh writes what we need to hear. We need to know where the zietgiest is, and Radosh, in his own way, contributes a voice to helping us understand how each side sees each other, and, in turn, how to make our voice in the culture that much more effective.
Plus, as an attendee of both the Cornerstone Festivals and the Christian Comedy Association conferences--two of the extremely positive portrayals in his accounts--I can attest that what he writes is quite accurate and encouraging. I can only thank God that I escaped his scrutiny, for being in the Catholic side of things.
However, I'm incredibly intrigued by religion. Its something so pervasive yet so alien to my way of thinking. As soon as I heard about this book, I knew I had to read it--lickity split.
The author, a Jewish man with fairly liberal tendancies, immerses himself in Christian pop culture: attending concerts, going to creation museums and christian theme parks, and talking with pastors of all varieties as well as members of the churches he visits.
Is it a totally unbiased report on christian pop culture? absolutely not. The author brings his background and views with him as he writes but that is part of the fun of the book. Some of it is down right frightening in its conservatism but there are, surprisingly, a few hopeful notes.
I'd recommend this book to anyone. If you are a secularist, its a good laugh mixed with a certain amount of "they really aren't all crazy, maybe you shouldn't be so judgemental." If you are a Christian, its a good way to see yourself through the eyes of a secularist. You may think your creation museum is totally factual--but really? Most people think you are nuts to believe adam and eve rode around on domesticated dinosaurs.
The "interview" with stephen baldwin alone is worth reading the book.