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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (288 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Robert D. Putnam, David E. Campbell Narrator: Dan John Miller Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2010 ISBN: 9781400189571
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American Grace takes its findings from two of the largest, most comprehensive surveys ever conducted on religion and public life in America, plus in-depth studies of diverse congregations—among them a megachurch, a Mormon congregation, a Catholic parish, a reform Jewish synagogue, and an African American congregation.

From abortion to gay marriage to feminism, this book shows how religion has influenced politics in America—and vice versa. The discoveries are often unexpected: The most politicized churches tend to be liberal, not conservative, congregations. Faith matters less to Americans than their communities of faith. Most Americans marry outside their religion. And nearly half of all Americans change their religion at some point during their lifetime.

Robert D. Putnam won huge acclaim for Bowling Alone and Better Together. Together with coauthor David E. Campbell, Putnam brings his distinctive brand of in-depth research and analysis to religion in America.

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  • “An essential resource for anyone trying to understand twenty-first-century America.”

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Barbara Lovejoy | 2/16/2014

    " This is a book that I highly recommend!!! I first heard about it when I heard one of the authors, David Campbell, being interviewed on a TV show and his comments piqued my interest. I didn't know until I started reading the book that David Campbell is LDS which was interesting to me. Then I have also really liked others works (such as Bowling Alone) by the other author, Robert Putnam. This book has definitely influenced how I view religiosity as well as causing me to do some personal soul-searching. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amy | 2/11/2014

    " I will take FOREVER to finish this book, but it is AWESOME! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Edie | 1/28/2014

    " Very academic read- but so interesting - especially in the context of our present political climate. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Fran Caparrelli | 1/19/2014

    " very interesting and I just am always amazed that a concept like religion can be such a dividing point among human beings. My idea of religion is that it is practiced to help humans be better humans to their fellow beings. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shawn | 12/29/2013

    " I am listening to the audio. I am at Chapter 9. It is wonderfully comprehensive and it shows that what many ministers found out about the congregations is not isolated. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Denese | 12/15/2013

    " Tackles the question of whether America is still religious. Many statistics though. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alison Whittington | 12/6/2013

    " Tedious and slow, repetitive and very, very long, but not uninteresting. More of a review to come. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Matthew | 11/20/2013

    " This book is worth reading simply for the material on ethnicity and religious ties. Well done, though there are times it does get a bit dry with all the statistics. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tammy | 8/25/2013

    " I am really enjoying this book. It is huge but is giving a very complete picture of religion in America. Very interesting! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carol | 2/23/2013

    " Some interesting information. Engaging writing despite graphs and stats. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenny | 1/22/2013

    " Couldn't finish this book before it was due back at the library. I am thinking of buying my own copy. It is a fascinating read and I am learning a lot! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bob | 7/7/2012

    " A better magazine article than book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 John | 3/29/2012

    " Bogged down in statistics in places, but still an interesting read; the portraits of individual congregations ("vignettes") help a lot to break up the numbers crunching. Audio narrator did a wonderful job making such a challenging project come alive. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Scott Smith | 10/31/2011

    " Yeah I finished this a long time ago. Sorry. It's good. I will always be interested in how religion influences culture. Don't have much to say. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Allison | 10/20/2011

    " This is a scholarly book, weighing in at over 600 pages. The research is important and well-documented, but my interests probably would have been just as well served by a journal article (or even a magazine article)--which is not the authors' fault, but my own :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laurel | 5/20/2011

    " Probably best as a reference tool. I was overwhelmed, so I started at the top of the index and worked my way through, stopping to read topics that interested me. These two men were meticulous, meticulous, meticulous! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shawn | 5/5/2011

    " I am listening to the audio. I am at Chapter 9. It is wonderfully comprehensive and it shows that what many ministers found out about the congregations is not isolated.
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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ed | 5/1/2011

    " Informative and fascinating demographic and sociological study of American religious life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Fran | 3/2/2011

    " very interesting and I just am always amazed that a concept like religion can be such a dividing point among human beings. My idea of religion is that it is practiced to help humans be better humans to their fellow beings. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Denese | 2/12/2011

    " Tackles the question of whether America is still religious. Many statistics though. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Peggie | 2/11/2011

    " This book had an intriguing beginning with stories about the Saddleback mega church in CA. But it quickly devolved into a stat lesson. Perhaps after Chapter 6 there was a change back but I didn't want to find out. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary Frances | 2/1/2011

    " This is a revealing and detailed look at religious belief in the United States. It's best for a statistics nerd, however. Still, I found it very engrossing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 John | 1/28/2011

    " Bogged down in statistics in places, but still an interesting read; the portraits of individual congregations ("vignettes") help a lot to break up the numbers crunching. Audio narrator did a wonderful job making such a challenging project come alive. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy | 1/21/2011

    " This book is VERY LONG and filled with statistics. It was helpful for my lesson plan for my humanities class, but a very slow read. I was hoping for more religions in the book, but it focuses mainly on Christianity. "

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About the Author
Author Robert D. PutnamRobert D. Putnam is the Peter and Isabel Malkin Professor of Public Policy at Harvard University. Nationally honored as a leading humanist and a renowned scientist, he has written fourteen books and has consulted for the last four US Presidents. His research program, the Saguaro Seminar, is dedicated to fostering civic engagement in America. Visit RobertDPutnam.com.
About the Narrator

Dan John Miller is an American actor and musician. In the Oscar-winning Walk the Line, he starred as Johnny Cash’s guitarist and best friend, Luther Perkins, and has also appeared in George Clooney’s Leatherheads and My One and Only, with Renée Zellweger. An award-winning audiobook narrator, he has garnered multiple Audie Award nominations, has twice been named a Best Voice by AudioFile magazine, and has received eight AudioFile Earphones Awards and a Listen-Up Award from Publishers Weekly.