The Exvangelicals: Loving, Living, and Leaving the White Evangelical Church

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St. Martin's Press
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5.3 X 8.3 X 1.0 inches | 0.85 pounds

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About the Author
Sarah McCammon is a National Political Correspondent for NPR and cohost of The NPR Politics Podcast. Her work focuses on political, social and cultural divides in America, including the intersections of politics and religion, reproductive rights, and the conservative movement. She is also a frequent guest host for NPR news magazines and has appeared on the BBC, CNN, PBS, and MSNBC. During the 2016 election cycle, Sarah was NPR's lead political reporter assigned to the Donald Trump campaign and previously reported for NPR Member stations in Georgia, Iowa, and Nebraska. She lives in Norfolk, Virginia with her husband and two children.

"With sensitivity and candor, Sarah McCammon offers readers an intimate window into the world of American evangelicalism. Fellow exvangelicals will find McCammon's story both startlingly familiar and immensely clarifying, while those looking in from the outside can find no better introduction to the subculture that has shaped the hopes and fears of millions of Americans. Filled with humor, insight, and hard-earned wisdom, The Exvangelicals is a gift to all who find themselves on a spiritual journey." --Kristin Kobes Du Mez, New York Times bestselling author of Jesus and John Wayne

"No one else could have written The Exvangelicals but Sarah McCammon. The way she seamlessly weaves together her own journalistic expertise and deeply personal experience of leaving evangelicalism to explore this moment in American history is stunning. Immediately after reading this book, I found myself already excited for her next one." --Nadia Bolz-Weber, New York Times bestselling author of Accidental Saints

"Sarah McCammon's The Exvangelicals is a necessary and powerful unveiling of Christianity as one of the most powerful forces in American culture and politics. With precision, personal insight, empathy, and rigor, McCammon investigates her own past and in the process illuminates the America of today in all its gory complexities and fervent faith. A must-read for anyone looking to understand American politics, faith, and culture." --Lyz Lenz, New York Times bestselling author of This American Ex-Wife

"The Exvangelicals is a sensitive, informed exploration of what is often most personal and perplexing to us--our faith. McCammon takes the scramble of thoughts, feelings, and fears that characterize this era of religious re-examination and makes them legible. This isn't just a book about what evangelicalism has become, it is also about the ways people are trying to find what comes next." --Jemar Tisby, PhD, New York Times bestselling author of The Color of Compromise and How to Fight Racism

"Sarah McCammon is an extraordinary writer and reporter, telling the story of growing numbers of people deeply disillusioned with their religious upbringing. She writes The Exvangelicals with such precision, passion, and insight because she's one of them. Highly recommended." --Brian D. McLaren, author of Do I Stay Christian?

"Making sense of the larger movement currently taking place throughout evangelical spaces is no easy task, but McCammon takes it all on--while anchoring the reader in the personal, human details that made me feel I was not alone in my own increasingly wide-ranging faith journey." --Jessica Willis Fisher, author of Unspeakable

"A bold, intriguing, intimate read . . . McCammon's poignant book serves as a launchpad to learn more." --Kirkus Reviews

"McCammon's history is captivating and well told." --Los Angeles Times

"A much-needed look at evangelicalism from a perspective that's both investigative and personal. It offers intriguing, compelling insight with expert reporting." --Library Journal (starred)

"Incisive, clear, and deeply compassionate, The Exvangelicals is a brilliant critique of a powerful cultural movement, and a moving meditation on loving (and eventually leaving) one's roots." --Shelf Awareness

"[A] clear-eyed look at the mass disaffiliation from evangelical churches and culture in recent years . . . a lucid picture of life inside the evangelical community and the complicated choice to leave." --Publishers Weekly

"Informative, thought-provoking, and enlightening." --Booklist

"McCammon renders exvangelicals' search for life after evangelicalism with sensitivity . . . . The Exvangelicals is a welcome addition to the story of faith in 21st-century America." --Bookpage