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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (278 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Gina Welch Narrator: Judith Brackley Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2010 ISBN: 9781400186426
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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 central a force in American life. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Excellent prose with a laudable purpose: to promote understanding of evangelical Christians…An engaging, personal look at one variant of Christian fundamentalism.”

    Library Journal

  • “Memorable…A genuinely inquisitive memoir about the complicated nature of religious belief.”

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alaina | 2/10/2014

    " I think this it's probably more important for (some) Evangelicals to read this book than the intended audience (non-"believers). Great perspective on evangelism from an outsider's perspective. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Zach | 2/5/2014

    " Very interesting book about an atheist girl who goes "undercover" to Jerry Falwell's church and befriends evangelicals and ultimately goes on a mission trip with them to Alaska. Although Welch spends a little too much time saying how "nice" evangelicals are and glosses over the times she witnesses their sexism, homophobia, and exclusionism, this is still a really captivating read. I wouldn't say I learned anything from this aside from maybe respecting people even if they have views that I might consider crazy - because they would consider my views crazy. If evangelicals were more open to getting to know non-evangelicals then I don't think a book like this would even need to exist. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sweisiger | 1/27/2014

    " An interesting exploration of a particular evangelical world; I appreciated the author's sensitivity to a culture other than her own, and her willingness to explore her own assumptions about evangelicals... I did not expect myself to empathize as much with her experience as I did. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tracy Black | 1/11/2014

    " Excellent book! There was no Christian bashing or sneering. It was an honest attempt by an atheist to understand the mindset and motivation of evangelical Christians. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jairy | 1/8/2014

    " Gina Welch writes this book as an outsider of the Evangelical movement, taking on an ambitious task of joining Thomas Road Baptist Church (aka Jerry Falwell's church) to learn about the movement. During her journey, she learns volumes about what Evangelicals are like and what makes them tick. As someone who considers himself a part of non-believer faction (as does the author), I found her efforts to go above and beyond what I would have expected someone to go through to learn about something so foreign to them. She goes as far as to go on a mission trip to Alaska during the story. This book was both refreshing and reassuring of some of my own thoughts about Evangelicals. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patty | 1/8/2014

    " Definitely an interesting look at evangelicals. I loved that the author was able to write from the viewpoint of an "outsider" and unbeliever but tried to experience it as fully and as real as she could. I thought she was very fair in her descriptions. Coming from a different religious background I found it to be informative. Almost makes me wish the author would choose to do this "experiment" with some of the other religions also. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Leila Cohan-Miccio | 12/30/2013

    " Even for "my year of" books, being an Evangelical seems like a weird conceit. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachel | 12/20/2013

    " A nuanced view of Evangelical Christianity. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 American | 11/15/2013

    " I wanted to like this book more than I did. I couldn't help but compare it to The Unlikely Disciple. The author didn't seem to have any emotional connection to anyone she met, and it was hard to have any kind of emotional connection with this book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Melanie | 11/12/2013

    " This gives Gina Welch's personal experience as well as what she learned as she joined an Evangelical church. I enjoyed some of her insights about the church, but never really connecting w/ the memoir experience. Plus, she alluded to poor tipping habits, but never really addressed the WHY. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Melissa Acuna | 8/16/2013

    " Not a lot of new perspectives here, even for those unfamiliar with the evangelical church. The author impersonated a born-again believer to infiltrate Thomas Rd. Baptist Church and write about Christians as an insider. The deception diminished the few positives of the book, at least for this reader. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Craig Cottingham | 6/17/2013

    " #45 for 2010. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Randine | 11/1/2012

    " Interesting seeing how a non-churched person sees the church. Very interesting how far Welch went to see what it is all about. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Genie | 6/3/2012

    " Having grown up as a Southern Baptist, I was curious to see how someone else would experience evangelicals. Interesting story, true to many of my recollections about the culture that is so alien to many Americans. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karla | 9/22/2011

    " The author, a secular Jew from Berkeley, joins Jerry Falwell's church to see what the world of evangelicals is really like. Surprising conclusions. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy | 6/18/2011

    " A book club read that I had recommended after seeing her interviewed on Morning Joe. It is an intriguing read about the author going undercover as a fundamentalist Christian in Fallwell's church. Very interesting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lou | 5/1/2011

    " Very interesting so far. It's always interesting to find out what outsiders think of the evangelical community. It's also kind of life being a fly on the wall at Jerry Falwell's Church without actually having to go there. (I wouldn't last long there.) "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Deb | 3/19/2011

    " Pretty interesting book. Her writing gets dry at times and she is rather sanctimonious. But I did enjoy her insight and perspective. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Becky | 1/17/2011

    " I really liked this book, it was a very interesting perspective and while I didn't always agree with the author or the premise of it, she was always pretty respectful and it definitely made me think about and consider how others 'see' my church or my life. Would definitely recommend it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessica | 11/12/2010

    " Read this book with a Group of women with very diverse religious background. Made for really interesting dinner conversation. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rodney | 10/16/2010

    " An axcellent "thriller". Will she be sucked into the religious mire or will she be able to identify "feeling x" for what it really is? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 American | 9/10/2010

    " I wanted to like this book more than I did. I couldn't help but compare it to The Unlikely Disciple. The author didn't seem to have any emotional connection to anyone she met, and it was hard to have any kind of emotional connection with this book. "

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About the Author

Gina Welch, a 2001 graduate of Yale University, teaches creative writing at George Washington University. She has also taught writing at the University of Virginia, American University, UVA Young Writer Workshop, and WriterHouse in Charlottesville, Virginia. Her writing has previously appeared in Meridian, Time Out New York, and Playboy.

About the Narrator

Judith Brackley worked in major market radio for twenty years as an announcer, program director, and producer for commercial broadcast outlets and NPR affiliates. She has numerous radio spots, industrial voice-overs, and narrations to her credit, including for the Prudential Insurance Company, Gillette, Hewlett-Packard, Polaroid, and National Geographic. She is also a nationally published writer.