The Unlikely Disciple: A Sinner’s Semester at America’s Holiest University by Kevin Roose *Review*

Transferring from Brown University where parties and promiscuity are a way of life, to Liberty University a conservative Baptist School had to have been a huge culture shock for nineteen-year-old sophomore Kevin Roose.  At Liberty the list of rules is daunting:

No Drinking

No Smoking

No Cursing

No Dancing

No R-Rated Movies

No Hugging for more than 3 Seconds

Instead of treating the semester as a “prison sentence” though, Kevin decides to go to Liberty with an open mind.  He’s interested in seeing if there is a “God divide” between Brown students and Liberty students.  Pretending to be a new follower of the Evangelical Christian faith Kevin moves into dorm 22 and starts to get to know his dorm mates.

Expecting to hear “God, God, God” all the time Kevin is surprised to find most of them aren’t that different from him.  Yes, they pray a lot and yes they go to Bible Study on Friday nights instead of hanging out at the local watering hole, but they also curse, wrestle around in fight night activities and talk about sex… a lot.

A revealing glimpse into life at Liberty U, Unlikely Disciple was a humorous book written with much insight and in the end, much compassion.  4/5 stars

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4 responses to “The Unlikely Disciple: A Sinner’s Semester at America’s Holiest University by Kevin Roose *Review*

  1. I seen this title pop up in my email while I was in Honduras but I did not have time to read your review. Now that I have this sounds really interesting. Library book or yours?

  2. This book caught my eye when the hardcover first came out, but I never picked it up; thanks for the reminder. Wasn’t he kind of “undercover” when he transferred?

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