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After a career as a professor of English and a teacher and dean at several divinity schools, in midlife Killinger (God, the Devil, and Harry Potter) moved to Lynchburg, VA, to pastor his first church. Across town, Jerry Falwell was making his name as a fundamentalist preacher and founder of the Moral Majority. As the pastor of a prominent Presbyterian congregation, Killinger felt reluctantly drawn to critique Falwell's theology and tactics. "But I was there-I sometimes thought maybe God had planned it that way-and somebody had to do it." He details his awkward encounters with Falwell and the unexpected publicity that came his way. Although his relationship with Falwell is the main focus here, Killinger also writes about his life before and after Lynchburg. Because Falwell has the ability to polarize, the definitive book on him may never be written; Killinger's memoir can serve as an interesting footnote to more substantive studies such as Susan Harding's The Book of Jerry Falwell. For large public libraries.