The product of a violent home, John Christian Hillcox overcomes long odds to build a Texas megachurch where he preaches the gospels of Prosperity and End Times, and pulls the political strings of a key voting bloc. A man of enormous appetites and inadequate self-control, Pastor Hillcox rallies his flock to oppose everything he considers immoral and detrimental to the United States' identity as a godly, Christian nation.
Being Christian is a gripping psychological tale of a man who uses religion to justify his own sins and lies, heedless of the consequences for his loved ones, his community, and the world at large. The story of this larger-than-life yet familiar character follows him from his crime-ridden early adulthood to the prime of his ministry in post-9/11 America.
Not since Elmer Gantry has a novel so exposed the religious flim-flammery and hypocrisy that threaten to tear apart the American social and political fabric. Being Christian is a quintessentially American story, based on the ideologies and personalities that make the news every day with their challenges to the Constitutional religious/political divide.
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About the Author
When the 2004 election demonstrated that this extreme Christian worldview had found acceptance in right-wing politics, Boyd began a strange and often frightening period of exploration by attending far-right evangelical services and conferences throughout the United States. Concerned about the increasing danger of mixing politics with end-times Christianity, Boyd realized the time had come to expose this reality through the medium of fiction. The result, born of close observation of key personalities, is Being Christian.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This dark story sets it targets on today's headlines and does so in a fast-paced, plot based story. Before I read the book, I was as aware of the Christian Right as the next person. We saw them in the GOP primaries, that's for sure. Now though, when I hear things like the alliance between Akin and Paul Ryan,I see it in a different and much more frightening light. The author does a great job of setting the scene and leading you into the world of pastor as con-man. I couldn't possibly give this story a stronger recommendation than this: EVERYBODY MUST READ THIS ONE! I was given this book to read by Smith Publicity.