Rapture Ready by Daniel Radosh–Adventures in parallel universe of Christian pop

December 5, 2019 - Comment

Adventures in the Parallel Universe of Christian Pop Culture. Excerpts from a few reviews: If you’re looking for this book to reinforce your belief that all Christians are mindless cattle, indiscriminately consuming whatever cultural drivel is set before them, you’re going to be disappointed. Likewise, if you’re hoping this book will be a post you

Adventures in the Parallel Universe of Christian Pop Culture. Excerpts from a few reviews: If you’re looking for this book to reinforce your belief that all Christians are mindless cattle, indiscriminately consuming whatever cultural drivel is set before them, you’re going to be disappointed. Likewise, if you’re hoping this book will be a post you can hitch your pro-Christian culture argument to, you’ll also be disappointed. That’s because this book is surprisingly even-handed, even when dealing with situations that would seem absurd to many people. (Humans riding saddled dinosaurs less than six thousand years ago? Anyone?) Radosh’s book is by no means a comprehensive look at Christian pop culture. Instead, he uses anecdotes and extrapolates to the subculture at large, and he does it quite well. I grew up in the world described in this book — and make no mistake, it is a world unto itself. I still had no interest in reading a heavy-handed book that bashed things I used to hold dear. Radosh covers all these topics with sensitivity and grace, always seeming to know how to point out the absurdity of things without feeling as though he’s mocking the people behind them. I think that this book has the potential to get conversations going, to get some people reaching across the aisle, as well as simply inform. I highly recommend it to Christians as well as non-Christians, though for hard-line Christians, some language in the book may offend. I expected “Rapture Ready!” to be a fun, snarky joyride through modern Christian evangelical pop culture – something that made cutesy fun of all the kitsch you see at the Mardel store, and a largely fluffy throw-away book. What I found, however, was a far deeper, more mature consideration of such – wrapped tightly in the best book I’ve read all year. PLEASE NOTE: eBay has started promising a delivery time that is unrealistic for media mail. It is neither my guarantee nor that of USPS. Please allow adequate time for delivery. My Postmaster says up to 11 days. Buy several items and save big on postage. Just request an invoice from seller for items in your cart before you pay, please.