While his classmates are studying abroad, far left leaning Brown University student Kevin Roose also decides to immerse himself in a new world. He spends a semester undercover at Liberty University, studying the mysterious evangelical Christians culture.
I expected a much harsher, judgmental perspective. Despite his background, he goes into the journey with an open mind, and he does a pretty good job of maintaining it. He does not hold back on his criticisms but also admittedly experiences far less hate and bigotry than he expected and much more love and compassion. He examines and comments on all aspects of the university and the people around him, from the quality of professors and education and the school’s uber-strict rule book, to his personal relationships and interactions, both good and bad, that he experiences. He even spends spring break on a mission trip at Daytona beach.
It was interesting to watch as his reflections on his new surroundings spur on introspection. While his experience did not result in a world view makeover, his mind was definitely opened for the better. At a minimum his witty writing keeps the book entertaining. A fun, interesting read regardless of your views.