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No drinking.
No smoking.
No cursing.
No dancing.
No R-rated movies.

Kevin Roose wasn’t used to rules like these. As a sophomore at Brown University, he spent his days drinking fair-trade coffee, singing in an a cappella group, and fitting right in with Brown’s free-spirited, ultra-liberal student body. But when Roose leaves his Ivy League confines to spend a semester at Liberty University, a conservative Baptist school in Lynchburg, Virginia, obedience is no longer optional.

Liberty is the late Reverend Jerry Falwell’s “Bible Boot Camp” for young evangelicals, his training ground for the next generation of America’s Religious Right. Liberty’s ten thousand undergraduates take courses like Evangelism 101, hear from guest speakers like Sean Hannity and Karl Rove, and follow a forty-six-page code of conduct that regulates every aspect of their social lives. Hoping to connect with his evangelical peers, Roose decides to enroll at Liberty as a new transfer student, leaping across the God Divide and chronicling his adventures in this daring report from the front lines of America’s culture war.

His journey takes him from an evangelical hip-hop concert to choir practice at Falwell’s legendary Thomas Road Baptist Church. He experiments with prayer, participates in a spring break mission trip to Daytona Beach (where he learns to preach the gospel to partying coeds), and pays a visit to Every Man’s Battle, an on-campus support group for chronic masturbators. He meets pastors’ kids, closet doubters, Christian rebels, and conducts what would be the last print interview of Rev. Falwell’s life.

Hilarious and heartwarming, respectful and thought-provoking, The Unlikely Disciple will inspire and entertain believers and nonbelievers alike.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Hallelujah for Kevin Roose. This is a remarkable book. He takes us on a fascinating, funny, nuanced journey that doesn’t condescend or make glib judgments. It’s just what the culture wars need. If I didn’t already have kids, I’d adopt Kevin.” 

    A.J. Jacobs, New York Times bestselling author of The Year Of Living Biblically

  • “What happens when a Brown undergrad goes undercover at Liberty University? If he’s a writer as insightful and open-minded as Kevin Roose, he ends up learning as much about himself as he does about the evangelical Christians he lives with. The Unlikely Disciple provides a funny, compassionate, and revealing look at Jerry Falwell’s ‘Bible Boot Camp,’ and the surprisingly diverse band of true believers who make it their home.” 

    Tom Perrotta, New York Times bestselling author of Little Children and The Abstinence Teacher

  • “Kevin Roose has produced a textured, intelligent, even sympathetic, account of his semester at Liberty University. He eschews caricature and the cheap shot in favor of keen observation and trenchant analysis. The Unlikely Disciple is a book of uncommon wisdom and insight. I recommend it with enthusiasm.”  

    The Rev. Dr. Randall Balmer, Episcopal Priest and Professor of American Religious History at Barnard College, Columbia University

  • “Kevin Roose is a delightful writer, and this is a humane book. Read it and I predict you’ll have less paranoia, more exposure to ‘the other,’ and a larger dose of Roose’s generous and hopeful faith.” 

    Brian McLaren, author of A New Kind of Christian, A Generous Orthodoxy, and Everything Must Change 

  • “Keenly observed, funny, and compassionate. Kevin Roose parachutes us into a seldom-glimpsed and little understood pocket of America, then guides us through a story of religion and country more resonant than any of us could have imagined.” 

    Robert Kurson, New York Times bestselling author of Shadow Divers and Crashing Through

  • “This is a brilliant book. Absolutely brilliant. Roose’s wisdom, humanity, and love kept me going. And I laughed. A lot.” 

    Rob Bell, founding pastor of Mars Hill Bible Church and bestselling author of Velvet Elvis and Sex God

  • “[Kevin] tells his story entertainingly…level-headed, nuanced, keenly observant.” 


Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Leeann | 2/2/2014

    " Wow this book brings you into the world of evangelism. The author is at once reporting and begins to feel the spirit himself up to a point. I would recommend this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Kelsey | 1/15/2014

    " This is a great book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Elyssa | 1/14/2014

    " I liked that the writer of this book was so open-minded as he transferred from Brown to Liberty University and documented the experience. By doing so, he was able to illustrate both the differences and similarities between the secular college world and the life of an evangelical college student. He was also appropriately critical of the limitations of a highly religious college education. Overall, this book was a page turner and highly enjoyable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Abby | 1/8/2014

    " He's so much more compassionate than I would have been. "

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About the Author
Author Kevin Roose

Kevin Roose’s first book, The Unlikely Disciple: A Sinner’s Semester at America’s Holiest University, was chosen for Barnes & Noble’s prestigious Discover Great New Writers series, featured by NewsweekTimeUSA TodayMarie ClairePsychology Today, and Details. It received praise from the New York Times Book ReviewChristianity TodayPublishers Weekly, and many others. Roose is a writer for publications like EsquireSPIN, and the Huffington Post. He is also coordinating The Jonah Project, an online social campaign aimed at bringing Americans from opposite sides of the political/religious spectrum together for honest, respectful conversations about culture wars. He lives in Brooklyn.