Evangelical Christians comprise roughly a fourth of the U.S. population - over 60 million Americans who say they are "born again" and experience a daily personal relationship with God. They live in every part of the country and are engaged in every walk of life. Their personal faith and vision for America is shaped by an understanding of the Bible as God's inerrant word. They earnestly believe that having a personal faith in Jesus Christ is humankind's only hope of salvation and are committed to what they consider to be a divine mandate to win the world to Christ and bring biblical values to bear in what they see as an increasingly secular and hedonistic society.
With panoramic sweep and intimate narrative detail, award-winning religion journalist and onetime fundamentalist Jeffery L. Sheler takes readers to the places where today's evangelicals live, work, and worship, to meet them firsthand and discover how their unique brand of Christian faith shapes their lives. Through poignant personal stories presented in a riveting style, Believers paints an in-depth portrait of a people who believe in the power of the gospel to transform lives, and the pursuit of a vision for a just and righteous America.
"A compelling and important" (Los Angeles Times Book Review) look at the world of evangelical Christianity
With panoramic sweep and intimate narrative detail, award-winning religion journalist and former fundamentalist Jeffery L. Sheler takes readers into the world of today's evangelicals-where they live, work, and worship-to discover how their unique brand of Christian faith shapes their lives and how they, in turn, are shaping the wider culture around them. A book that anyone who wants to understand the Religious Right must read, Believers paints an in-depth portrait of a people of faith who believe in the power of the gospel to transform lives.
Jeffery L. Sheler is an award-winning journalist who reported for U.S. News & World Report for twenty-four years, fifteen as the religion editor, and is now a contributing editor for the magazine. He is the author of Is the Bible True?, which was named one of the top-ten religion books of 2000 by Christianity Today.
"[Sheler is] blessed with a reporter's relentless curiosity coupled with a sharp eye for detail and an earnest desire to understand what draws people to faith."
-The Denver Post
"Portrays American evangelicals as they really are, not as their political spokesmen-or, for that matter, their secular critics-imagine them to be."
-Alan Wolfe, author of The Transformation of American Religion
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