Saturday, April 17, 2010
Unlikely Disciple: A Sinner's Semester at America's Holiest University: Kevin Roose: Kevin Roose was A.J. Jacobs' (The Year of Living Biblically) assistant; during the research for Jacobs' book, Roose, a student at Brown University, got interested in Jerry Falwell's Liberty University. He decided to spend a semester as a Liberty University student to see what the lives of the students were like. He applied and enrolled just like any other student and was accepted. This account of that semester, which happened to coincide with Falwell's death (adding more drama to the story) is compellingly readable and interesting. Roose went to Liberty expecting one thing, but what he found there was something else altogether -- compassion, faith and friendship, friendship that lasted even after Roose's return to Brown. I liked this book a lot and would read it again, which I don't often do with books like this.