Righteous: Dispatches from the Evangelical Youth Sandler, L. September 7, 2006
From Publisher’s Weekly
After several years of documenting America’s Christian youth for NPR in the late 1990s, Sandler sensed there was more to tell about what she calls the “Disciple Generation.” So, like any good journalist, she went back out on the road, traveling from coast to coast seeking the youth who “feel broken and lonely, who desire kinship and purpose, who look for structure and hope, and through their deft organizing efforts and boundless energy…are amassing their own civilian army.” A Christian army, that is. Readers will encounter rebel skateboarders for Jesus, tattooed crusaders against abortion, and even a pastor in Atlanta named Creflo Dollar who waxes on about “why God wants you to be rich.” In clear, compelling prose, Sandler tells of spending the night camping with members of Rock for Life and visiting one of the most militant Christian colleges in America. She narrates with vivid detail the genesis and current status of some of this country’s fastest growing and most extremist evangelical youth groups. She also reveals the fascinating stories of the individuals who have found salvation within them-from the ordinary convert to the charismatic leader. With a flair for storytelling and description, Sandler provides a riveting read for anyone interested in generation next.