Gina Welch’s In the Land of Believers (signed)

May 11, 2010

Gina Welch’s In the Land of Believers Donor: Fountain Bookstore
Described by the publisher:

“An undercover exploration of the world of evangelicals, offering an extraordinary behind-the-scenes look at the faithful.

Ever since evangelica Christians rose to national prominence, mainstream America has tracked their every move with a nervous eye. But in spite of this vigilance, our understanding hasn’t gone beyond the caricatures. Who are evangelicals, really? What are they like in private, and what do they want? Is it possible that beneath the differences in culture and language, church and party, we might share with them some common purpose?

To find out, Gina Wlech, a young secular Jew from Berkeley, joined Jerry Falwell’s Thomas Road Baptist Church. Over the course of nearly two years, Welch immersed herself in the life and language of the devout: she learned to interpret the world like an evangelical, weathered the death of Falwell, and embarked on a mission trip to Alaska intended to save one hundred souls. Alive to the meaning behind the music and the mind behind the slogans, Welch recognized the allure of evangelicalism, even for the godless, realizing that the congregation met needs and answered questions she didn’t know she had.

What emerges is a riveting account of a skeptic’s transformation from uninformed cynicism to compassionate understanding, and a rare view of how evangelicals see themselves. Revealing their generosity and hopefulness, as well as their prejudice and exceptionalism, In the Land of Believers is a call for comprehending, rather than dismissing, the impassioned believers who have become so dcentral a force in American life.”

Minimum Bid: $20


3 Responses to “Gina Welch’s In the Land of Believers (signed)”

  1. amymckie Says:

    I might as well start off here at $20 then πŸ™‚ (btw, Canadian, but Michelle (I LOVE YOU!) has offered to ship it on to my if I win!!!!

  2. galleysmith Says:

    This auction item is closed.

  3. amymckie Says:

    Wooooo!!! πŸ˜€

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