September 25, 2006 12:00 PM

by Lauren Sandler

REVIEWED BY FRED GARDAPHE

NONFICTION

A young, Jewish, Ivy League-educated editor at Salon, Lauren Sandler confesses that she feels the power of charismatic Christianity during her travels to explore the evangelical youth movement—a hormone-infused blend of right-wing fervor and alt-cult style—that, she writes, is thriving in the wake of 9/11. As a rock hymn wails at a sanctuary in Colorado, she writes, “I feel a brokenness inside. And I can’t stop crying.” Her engaging report focuses on right-wing rockers, holy skateboarders and new-media evangelists—a “disciple generation” that, she predicts, could spur a kind of cultural revolution. Smart and compassionate, Sandler brings a keen eye to a surpassingly strange scene.

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