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Rabbletown: Life in These United Christian States of Holy America

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The year is 2084. The place is Topeka, Kansas. The Church of the Evangels run the country through the Pastor President, pastor governors and pastor legislators. They rule with a Bible in each fist. This future history presents a view of what life would be like under the control of right wing evangelical Christians. Work on the new state cathedral in Topeka provides the eco ...more
Kindle Edition, 132 pages
Published (first published July 17th 2011)
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Katy
Aug 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: EVERY SINGLE PERSON IN THE WHOLE WORLD
Shelves: ebook, i-edited
Please note, I originally read this book 9/2/2011 from a copy provided by the author for review; I provided editing for the author later, prior to publishing this book in paperback format.

Additional note: I now have an audio file of myself reading this review aloud, which can be found on Soundcloud by following this link. So, if you've been curious to hear my voice, here is your chance!

Book info Genre: Dystopian Reading Level: Adult
Recommended for: EVERYONE

My reading experience: I expected a few
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Samantha Davenport
Nov 27, 2012 rated it it was ok
I wanted to like this book. Intriguing premise and a favorable comparison to Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale were enough for me to buy it. However I found it far too heavy-handed. The word "offensive" came to mind more than once. I'm not a fan of Evangelical Fundamentalist Christianity but the version in this book was so completely one-sided that I wondered if there weren't some personal axe being ground. I had problems with the story line too: seemed as if things were being added to make ...more
Nancy Griffis
Sep 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Overall: 4 out of 5 bookmarks

I’m of two minds about this novel. On the one hand, it’s an intriguing (if somewhat familiar) premise with unique characters and an unapologetic tone. On the other hand, it was a story in search of a plot that never quite materialized and, because there were so many characters, there wasn’t a heck of a lot of individual character development. Under normal circumstances, I’d be giving a novel sans in-depth character and plot development a pass, but in this particular
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Matthew Williams
Nov 16, 2011 rated it liked it
Intro: The story takes place in a dystopian future, circa 2084, where the US has become a fundamentalist state (as the name clearly implies). The how and why of this are explained in the preamble, where ongoing tension between the US and Middle East eventually turn nuclear and result in the full scale devastation of both. Whereas the United States bombs Iran and environs into oblivion using its ICBM’s, the various nation-states and terrorist organizations strike back using backpack nukes and dir ...more
Lee Barckmann
Nov 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
“Rabbletown” is a short novel set in what was once Topeka Kansas, seventy some years in the future. Nuclear War has wiped out much of the world. A fundamentalist Protestant Christian theology has taken over what is left of the US.

The story is full of passionate energy, and is written with the fury an avenging angel.

“Rabbletown” sets out explaining this new society, starting with the hierarchy of the new leadership class. A kind of hereditary priest class, (or rather Pastor class) is in charge.
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Lynn Hallbrooks
Jan 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is one of those books that I got because the synopsis sounded interesting.

The best way I can describe this book is Dystopian.

A new world order started after a nuclear event. In this new world order a self-righteous Christian government came into power in what was formerly the United States of America.

To me the story was eerily plausible but as a believer it made me cringe. As I read the story I could see elements of things that are currently going on but not in the same way as the author p
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Peggy Holloway
May 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
WOW! I didn't know whether to laugh or cry. This book touched my heart in such a way that I can't explain in words. Growing up in a fundamentalist church, understanding, later in life, the damage it did to me, makes this book terrifying in one way but so outrageously funny in another. This book takes place in the future. Everyone has nuked each other and there's not much left in the United States. The United States has turned into dictatorship run by the desendants fo Jerry Falwell and Pat Rober ...more
Tabitha Ormiston-Smith
Apr 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This brilliant portrayal of what the red-neck right will do if they ever seize total control of America is almost a parable. It should be required reading for all high school students. Not since 1984 have we had such a chilling warning of what the future could be.

Content and political effect aside, it's beautifully written and presented and a credit to the author.
Janet
Sep 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016
A cautionary tale, a parable-but I will admit that the premise of this book scares me less with Trump running for president instead of Cruz or one of the other Christian right wingers. Definitely a book to make you think.
Kat Yares
Apr 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
Love this - a dystopian future that I could see happening if some politicos could get their way.
Robin
Jan 04, 2013 rated it did not like it
I cannot finish this book. The writing is terrible. I just cannot connect with the characters at all.
Bill
Jan 08, 2013 rated it it was ok
The author had a great idea but spoiled it by getting all caught up in his philosophy. Could have been so much better.
Chuck Raymond
Feb 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
Scary, but an excellent reminder of what we're fighting against come November.
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I grew up on the grounds of a Kansas insane asylum where my father was a dentist. I attended the University of Kansas during the troubled 1960s getting a degree in art history. After stints writing and teaching in Italy and Japan I had a 16-year career in newspapers as reporter, editor and column writer winning major awards in all categories. I turned to health care public relations serving as dir ...more
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“New beatitudes came from him [Bobby]: “Blessed are those who live in hovels, for God will give them palaces in heaven.”
He gave them new commandments:
“God weeps when anyone kills in his name; kill not.
“God hates hate; hate not.
“God loves love; love more.
“You need not trust in God; you need hope that God will trust in you.
"You are your own master. The way is within you.”
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“I am Christ as he was. He is not important; his way is important," Bobby answered.
"Tell us about the way," another Evangel in the crowd asked.
"Love is the way; hate is not the way.
"Kindness is the way. Humility is the way. Beauty is the way.
"Pride is not the way. Arrogance is not the way. Boasting is not the way.
"Giving is the way. Taking is not the way.
"Follow the way and it will lead you to God. Jesus is the way.
"The way is in each of you. You are your own master and savior.”
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