Monday, August 9, 2010

Christians Are Hate-Filled Hypocrites.... And Other Lies You've Been Told

Book description:

What if all the bad news you've been hearing about Christians isn't true?

Here are some facts that may surprise you:

Evangelicals are more respected by society today than they were twenty years ago.

Divorce rates of Christian couples are lower than those of nonbelievers.

The percentage of young people who attend church has held steady over the past twenty years.

All these statements are true, yet we've been told the opposite time and time again. Why is the church being misled? And what is the true state of Christianity in America today?

Sociologist Brad Wright shatters popular myths by sifting through the best available data. He reveals how Christians are doing when it comes to everything from marriage and morality to church growth and public perception. While not all the news is good, it turns out there is a wealth of encouraging information that we're not being told.

Get the truth behind the statistics you've been hearing and how the numbers are being manipulated, and discover what is really happening in American Christianity.

My review:
This book intrigued me, so I grabbed a copy to review, and it didn't disappoint. The author really knows his stuff. His research and study shows throughout the book.

I was pleasantly surprised to read some of the statistics on things we have been told, and find out that they aren't true. The author tackles several of the ideas that the media and others have thrown up as truth and shows that they aren't really true at all. I have to admit that the book gave me a boost in seeing that Christianity isn't on the verge of being extinct, as the world would have us believe.

I'd recommend this book for any Christian, but especially those who are believing some of the lies we have been told.

About the author:

Bradley R.E. Wright, PhD is an associate professor of sociology at the University of Connecticut. After receiving tenure, he switched his academic focus from crime to religion in order to research American Christianity. Brad received his PhD in sociology from the University of Wisconsin, the top-ranked sociology graduate program in the United States. He has a popular blog ( based on his research. Brad is married with two children and lives in Storrs, Connecticut.

Christians Are Hate-Filled Hypocrites.... And Other Lies You've Been Told is available from Bethany House Publishers.

Thanks to Bethany House for the review copy.