Each year, Illinois Wesleyan University engages in a Summer Reading Program for new students.  Students, faculty, staff, Board of Trustee members, Bloomington-Normal business and community leaders, and alumni read a selected book throughout the summer and gather during New Student Orientation for a discussion.  Throughout the year, additional learning opportunities about the topic are available to the campus community.

This year’s book is The Unlikely Disciple: A Sinner's Semester at America's Holiest University by Kevin Roose. You will receive a copy of the book to read throughout the summer.  Please remember to bring the book with you in August.

 

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What the book is about ?:

It's midnight in Lynchburg, Virginia, and Roose is kneeling on his dorm room floor. No, he's not reeling from too much beer. He's praying. And at Liberty University, such behavior is fairly uneventful. The world's largest evangelical college, with a 10,000-strong study body, Liberty is a training ground for the conservative Christian right, which until his death, was lorded over by the Reverend Jerry Falwell. So what happens when a fairly typical student from an Ivy League university tries a semester at Bible boot camp? 

A fresh, candid look at what goes on behind the closed doors of our nation's Christian colleges, The Unlikely Disciple  is a revelation: a completely balanced memoir that shows us, with the aid of Roose's keen eye and generous spirit, that faith is a lot more complicated than it seems.