God Bless America

  • by Karen Stollznow
  • Narrated by Karen Stollznow
  • 8 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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? Offering a close look at snake handling, new age spirituality, Santeria spells, and satanic rituals, this book offers more than mere armchair research. It takes you to an exorcism, a Charismatic church, and a Fundamentalist Mormon polygamist compound.
You will sit among the beards and bonnets in a Mennonite church, hear the sounds of silence at a Quaker meeting, and listen to L. Ron Hubbard's sci-fi stories told as sermons during a Scientology service. From the Amish to Voodoo, the beliefs and practices explored in this book may be unorthodox, and often dangerous, but they are always fascinating. Some of them are dying out, while others are gaining popularity with a modern audience, but all offer insight into the past, present, and future of religion in the United States.

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Fascinating

This book covers the more unusual religions in the US. It tells you about their origins, what the practice involves, the pros/cons, the scandals, etc. It's quite interesting without being really snarky or mean spirited. It seems balanced without leaning heavily towards any religion or trying to convert you. It's an enjoyable listen if you like these kinds of things.
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- S. Winchester

Enjoyable but kind of pointless

An interesting look at lesser known religions and religious practices in the United States. I did not have a good feeling going in because the very first chapter opens with a misquotation ("Two girls for every boy" is mis-attributed to the Beach Boys, when it is in fact a Jan and Dean lyric). Chapters include Voodoo, Fundamental Mormonism, Satanism, Quakers, Scientology, Amish/Mennonite, and New Age. My main problem is, if you are remotely literate in matters of American history, sociology, and religion, none of the content is terribly enlightening, as one already knows the bulk of it.
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- CK1

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-05-2014
  • Publisher: Pitchstone Publishing