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12 May 2010

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If you're interested in the topic, you might enjoy Quiverfull: Inside the Christian Patriarchy Movement (http://www.amazon.com/Quiverfull-Inside-Christian-Patriarchy-Movement/dp/0807010707). I had a few issues with the writing, but overall found it to be a FASCINATING look at a group/philosophy that I just simply can't fathom. A very interesting read! It goes along well with the documentary Jesus Camp, which was also an interesting look inside a group that I can't relate to.

Also, I can't recommend Kevin Roose's The Unlikely Disciple: A Sinner's Semester at America's Holiest University (http://www.amazon.com/Unlikely-Disciple-Semester-Americas-University/dp/044617842X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1273691226&sr=1-1) which was amazing! Really well written, thoughtful, insightful, reflective, and just so really interesting! A truly great read - I loved it!

totally unrelated, but i tweeted about you today http://bit.ly/cULQFg

couldn't help myself. me and a bunch of other librarians have been tweeting like mad today about an assortment of things and getting mad props, like this for example http://bit.ly/bmOeOQ

and i just had to share you with them :)

How would you compare Welch's take on this subject with Matt Taibbi's The Great Derangement?

Laura,
You're the best. I'm going to check both of those titles out. And, I'll have you know, I was writing about this book for a different work project, and I suggested the "Unlikely Disciple" one as a possible read-alike. It was very nice of you to do my work for me!

I've not yet seen "Jesus Camp." Should I?

Hi Beth,
Mad props to you indeed if you can figure out tweeting! I must confess I don't understand it as a communication tool. So thank you for the shout-out! I feel as long as librarians are making their voices heard, all is right with the world.

Venta,
I would say the tone is what differs the most in these books. Welch's book is very earnest--while Taibbi's is just totally dark and twisted and hilarious AND earnest. Taibbi's is a book I preferred because I feel like Taibbi is very honest about his own feelings about what he's investigating, which you might think is the opposite of objectivity, but which actually makes me feel like his reporting is more transparent. Does that make any sense? It's a great question. I think I might have to look at "The Great Derangement" again now so I could give you a better answer!

Jesus Camp is scary and very interesting - I'd definitely recommend it, especially if you have an interest in the subject already.

Happy to help :-) If the higher ed thing didn't work out, I was planning to be a librarian. Sometimes I think I should've been a librarian anyway . . .

D'oh! I just realized that I meant to say in my original post that I couldn't recommend Roose's book highly enough - oops!!

Two Mormons came to the door a couple of weeks ago, just as I was putting dinner on the table. I opened the door, saw them standing there, and gasped and physically recoiled. They must hate that.

I told them we were Buddhists - first thing I could think of - and they probably hate that too.

Laura,
Good to know about "Jesus Camp." I'm going to give it a whirl.
And I totally knew what you meant about liking Roose's book--let's hear it for humans, who, unlike computers (yet), can read through context! I would have fixed the comment for you (I do think it's lame that blogs don't allow the authors of comments to edit it them, but maybe there's a way to allow that and I just don't know it) but as long as meaning's pretty clear I don't really like to do that.

Jessica,
For a moment in your comment I thought a joke was coming. :) Hey, Buddhists, I never thought of that, I like it. I must be in a "benefit of the doubt" mood today, because I don't think any of the Mormons or what have you who have come to my door hate Catholics or Buddhists or anything...I think they're just more on the lookout for people who are "looking." But I could be wrong. I'm kind of dense sometimes.

Laura, you can ALWAYS become a librarian. DO IT! ;)

And oddly, I have Jesus Camp at home right now. Will report back.

And CR, I doubted Twitter as well, but now have many many UK library contacts as well as contacts in CA and around the countries with librarians and many many other cool people and am now an addict. And following Nathan Fillion, William Shatner, Simon Pegg and Roger Ebert is always fun and enlightening, along with many many others. So recommended if only to at first lurk and follow interesting people.

Beth,
My problem is I completely don't understand Twitter or how people "read" it--I always find it distracting, with the many symbols and "@stuff" and links. I know--this means I'm old. I can accept it. But I will try, based on your suggestion. I must say I've always dreamed of following Nathan Fillion (and he's Canadian! If I marry him do I become Canadian?? AWESOME.) anywhere, so maybe I'll start there.

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