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God Bless America: Strange and Unusual Religious Beliefs and Practices in the United States

God Bless America: Strange and Unusual Religious Beliefs and Practices in the United States

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by Karen Stollznow

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God Bless America lifts the veil on strange and unusual religious beliefs and practices in the modern-day United States. Do Satanists really sacrifice babies? Do exorcisms involve swearing and spinning heads? Are the Amish allowed to drive cars and use computers? Taking a close look at snake handling, new age spirituality, Santeria spells, and satanic rituals,

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God Bless America: Strange and Unusual Religious Beliefs and Practices in the United States 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Skeptical-DoDo More than 1 year ago
A very interesting book that I could not leave until I finished. Very informative and insightful as to the non mainstream religions and the dangerous ideas that religious belief have. Many I knew existed but I didn't know really what they taught or demanded from believer. If you are a student of religion, I would highly recommend this for your library.
ParaBaxter More than 1 year ago
This is an excellent book with an astonishing amount of hard work and research behind it. The reviewer that complained about the book based on her affiliation to the JREF obviously didn't read the book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed reading this book. I admit that I read it in a library but that doesn't diminish my opinion. I am familiar with Dr. Stollznow's work for the JREF and obviously the one star reviewer's comments below are biased. The book is a very fair and detailed look at these religions. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A very fun and clever book! Sometimes it takes an outsider to see things for what they really are. I enjoyed this book immensely. 
belqis More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this trip through the wonderland of America's religious cults and fads, and I gobbled it up within 24 hours. I wish her book on haunted houses were available via Nook too. My only wish is for better citation. For example, she makes claims about marriage practices of the FLDS which I have never heard before and somewhat question, but the reader isn't told the source of the information. Also -- and alas, this is true of very many books these days -- she would benefit from a good editor for coherence and organization. Even a good proof-reader would help. As for the one star reviewer complaining about Stollznow's "snarky" tone, well, s/he has a point -- the humor of the material speaks for itself; no need to belabor it. On the other hand, the occasional "snarkiness" is well-balanced by Stollznow's compassion for the people she observes. All in all, a fun read for readers like me who love this kind of exploration and debunking.