Friday, April 18, 2008

Rapture Ready!: Adventures in the Parallel Universe of Christian Pop Culture




















Rapture Ready!: Adventures in the Parallel Universe of Christian Pop Culture
Daniel Radosh

I feel like I've been down this road before. Wait, I have. Last year, I read the book Body Piercing Saved My Life, which was an agnostic's experience in the world of CCM. That book dealt primarily with the Christian music genre. Expanding on that into the world of evangelical pop culture is Rapture Ready!: Adventures in the Parallel Universe of Christian Pop Culture by Daniel Radosh. The evangelical subculture has recently gained sudden interest from outsiders of the group. There are some who criticize it with a vengeance. Then there are others who offer "fair and balanced" (I hate using that term) critiques, like Daniel Radosh. A self proclaimed secular Jew, Radosh explores this subculture with hardly any knowledge about it at all. It's quite comical to hear his reports as he interacts with Christians of all flavors. During the many scenes in the book, he meets with conservative and liberal Christians, takes a trip to a Christian book convention, goes to wrestling matches, rock music festivals, and even visits a "hell house" with Revolution Church NYC's Jay Bakker. Rather than getting a biased report from an inside evangelical, Rapture Ready turned out to be an informative (and entertaining) guide to a subculture that has practically gone unnoticed, until recently.

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