Well, that’s how Gina Welch’s new book “In the Land of Believers:Â An Outsider’s Extraordinary Journey in to the Heart of the Evangelical Church describes her journey.Â Here’s the premise.Â A 20-something, Yale educated secular Jew from California infiltrates Thomas Road Baptist Church, pretending to get saved and evangelizing with the faithful, all the while concealing her true identity.
According to Welch, she wanted to understand what evangelicals were like ‘unfiltered and off-the-record’.
Remarkably, The LA Times wrote an book review
that really wasn’t favorable of the book.Â Citing such petty criticisms as women who wear too much make up, they take the author to task for hoodwinking and betraying trust of people who were always on the record but didn’t even know there was a record.Â They actually call it a “Judas kiss” of a book.
So… my question:Â As a church leader… does a book like this interest you?Â Do you think there is anything valuable to get from a book like this?
And how important is the input of those outside the church?Â Is it important how people view Christians?Â Is it important how people view YOUR church?Â If so, how do you get their feedback?