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Title: Rapture Ready!: Adventures in the Parallel Universe of Christian Pop Culture
Author: Daniel Radosh
Number of Pages: 308 pages
Book Number/Goal: 28/40 for 2010
My Rating: 5/5

Jacket Summary: What does it mean when a band is judged by how hard they pray rather than how hard they rock? Would Jesus buy "Jesus junk" or wear "witness wear"? What do Christian skate parks, raves, and romance novels say about evangelicalism--and America? Daniel Radosh went searching for the answers and reached some surprising conclusions.

Review: I originally heard about this book from a review by [ profile] esorlehcar, which I can't find now, and I immediately wanted to read it (which of course meant it went on my wishlist and I didn't get it for ages). A lot of the stuff he talks about in the book is after my time, but even so, a lot of this is so familiar to me. I was never the super Christian kid, the one who's all into the Bible and excited about God (though I knew quite a few who were), but I did grow up in this sort of environment and it was really interesting reading about it from an outsider's perspective.

Somewhat relatedly, does anyone have any recs for books about the Bible or about Christianity (modern Christianity more than historical) that are not "Christian books" but more examining stuff or looking at the Bible from a historical perspective, etc?


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