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A Field Guide to Evangelicals and Their Habitat [Paperback]

By Joel Kilpatrick (Author)
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Pages   176
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9" Width: 7.3" Height: 0.6"
Weight:   0.5 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Mar 1, 2006
Publisher   Harper Collins Publishers
ISBN  0060836962  
EAN  9780060836962  

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They're Going to Heaven . . . and They Know It At last, a complete, unsparing guide to evangelical Christians. This hilarious and highly useful manual, written by an insider, illuminates this rapidly growing and unique segment of America and offers a thoroughly entertaining, no-holds-barred, laugh-out-loud survey of evangelical culture. See inside for the scoop on: What Evangelicals Believe -- Plus a Master List of Who Is Going to Hell How to Party Like an Evangelical -- Ambrosia, Li'l Smokies, and Potluck Fever The Diversity of Evangelical Politics -- From Right-Wing to Wacko Evangelical Mating Habits -- The Shocking Truth

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Stephen Mansfield grew up largely in Europe as the son of a U.S. Army officer, an experience that afforded him an early love of history and international affairs. After becoming a Christian at the age of eighteen, Stephen attended a university where biblical faith and intellectual pursuits were merged. This integration of faith and thought shaped him profoundly, and he went on over the next several decades to earn two master's degrees and a doctorate in the fields of history, philosophy and literature. Stephen's life message is the idea of destiny, the certainty that God has made all things, including men and nations, with a purpose. All of his writing, his teaching, his work in the nations-and more recently, his focus on calling the United States to a reclaiming of its purpose-is centered around this much-neglected theme. Stephen is currently working on a variety of writing projects, including several biographies of great contemporary leaders. Stephen is the author of numerous books in history and leadership, including Never Give In: The extraordinary Character of Winston Churchill and Then Darkness Fled: The Liberating Wisdom of Booker T. Washington, and recently, the New York Times bestseller The Faith of George W. Bush.

Joel Kilpatrick currently resides in West Lake Village.

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Parody or mockery?  Jan 11, 2007
This book was funny in many places and accurate for the most part (at least according to my evangelical experience). Sometimes, though, it seemed to fall off the edge from comedic caricature to cynical critique. A number of years back there was a book called "Growing Up Born Again (GUBA)" that did a similar thing, but that book was more effective in pointing out the foibles of the evangelical movement without losing its affection for the topic.

Of course, an anthropological field guide would attempt to remain neutral in its description, so one wouldn't expect Kilpatrick's work to reflect any commitment one way or the other as GUBA did. However, in places the Field Guide lost its sense of genre parody and slipped into a tone that struck me as mockery. That is OK if that is what Kilpatrick wants to do, but it doesn't live up to the really brilliant idea of using an anthropological field guide as a means of parodying the Evangelical subculture of Christianity. The fine line of parody vs. outright mockery is crossed at times and that left me feeling that the fiction of the field guide was not as consistently sustained as it should have been to make the impact of the book more effective.
Great Time for a Siting; Flock's a Bit Ruffled Since Nov. 7 (and the Ted Haggard thing)  Nov 11, 2006
Yup, stunned and a little confused, that's what we are these days, although Joel Kilpatrick, one of my favorite satirists, did not have the benefit of either of those newsbites when putting together his Guide. Joel is a Christian most famous for his Lark News web page (google it) which also is a not-too-searing satire of the evangelical life. I first discovered Mr. Kilpatrick, in fact, when Christianity Today announced he was getting flack for publishing an article therein in which Bob the Tomato (of VeggieTales fame) claimed he was bigger than God (evangelicals apparently don't have memories going back 38 years, and although they do listen to Beatles music...I have hard evidence of this....they think of them as "soft rock oldies" fellows who never were controversial. And they don't listen to the words. Imagine if they knew the words to "Imagine!")

But enough about the talented author. A Field Guide to Evangelicals will be helpful to you if you know someone who has just converted and is trying to get you to convert, if you have just joined a church and they seem to use language you are not used to, such as "laying on of hands", "the rapture", "I could tell God was telling me not to go to Michigan because I was accepted at Michigan State", etc. It will be helpful if you are in a situation where you must encounter evangelicals regularly (for example, if you are a waitress who notices that on Sunday, hordes of people come into your restaurant well dressed, eat lots of food, keep you running for hours, and don't leave a tip, but instead leave a little booklet titled, "Do You Know Where You're Going If You Die Tonight?") and want to understand them better....or at least want to keep from going to federal prison by gunning them all down next Sunday. And it will be the funniest thing you've read in a long while if you are an evangelical who doesn't take him or herself too seriously.

Some of the contents: Who and who's not going to heaven (after all, we evangelicals know for sure. Hint: the ACLU's fate doesn't look good); Evangelical Sex (it's racier than you might fact, evangelicals are probably having more fun than you're having!); the real skinny on the rapture.

Why not five stars? Four signifies there is room to grow: now that "Lark" has done well for several years and this book is out, perhaps Joel can tackle one subject and come out with a satirical treatise or novel on a sacred Christian cow (forgive the mixed metaphor) in the tradition of Erasmus. Or as Paul would say, Joel, "Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the measure of faith God has given you."
(Romans 12:3)
Funny and insightful  Jun 26, 2006
I bought this book on the recommendation of a few who are malcontent with the evangelical life. I thought it was definitely a good laugh, but if you are evangelical, be prepared to laugh at yourself and not get offended! Though mostly accurate, there were some definite dated things...such as I doubt many evangelical teen girls have Michael W. Smith posters on their walls anymore...a whole new slew of Christian music talent has overthrown the exclusivity of one act. Otherwise, it's a quick easy read.
Laughed Outloud  Jun 9, 2006
Joel Kilpatrick is hilarious. This book guts the subculture of evangelicalism in America, and then picks it apart with irreverent, though never disrespectful, insights. Loved it!
Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you laugh  Mar 29, 2006
Funny, funny, funny. Mr. Kilpatrick corrals all the sacred cows of the evangelical church, then lights a barbecue. Very well written, and did I mention that it's funny?

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