Reviews

John Fea’s new book Believe Me: The Evangelical Road to Donald Trump has been widely reviewed by publications and writers across both the religious and political ideological spectrum.

Publishers Weekly – STARRED Review 
Review: Believe Me

Clear, concise, and convincing. . . . Fea uses his training as a historian to trace a chronology of the evangelical attraction to political power . . . and offers an alternative way (relying on hope and humility) for evangelical leaders to think about their relation to power.

Christianity Today 
Fear, Power, Nostalgia, and the 81 Percent

Whether you belong to the 19 percent or the 81 percent, you’ll find reading Believe Me a provocative and illuminating exercise.

Penn Live 
Believe Me‘: Author on why white evangelicals got behind Donald Trump

“Fea, an American history professor at Messiah College, accuses this demographic of ignorance and hypocrisy in aligning itself with a narcissistic, vulgar and seemingly unChristian man as Trump.”

Foreword Reviews
Review: Believe Me: The Evangelical Road to Donald Trump

Meticulously researched and grounded in historical and theological contexts. . . . An important book for anyone, Christian or otherwise, who wishes to understand the 2016 election and who believes that we can do better.”

Religion Dispatches
A New Book on Trump and Evangelicals Gets it Mostly Right

Fea walks a fine line between empathy for his fellow evangelicals and critical appraisal.”

The Anxious Bench
A Believe Me… You Should Read John Fea’s Book on Evangelical Support for Donald Trump

Believe me, if any historian can succeed in getting American evangelicals to take an even longer, more honest look at themselves in the mirror of their own past, it’s John Fea.

Justin DaMetz
The Bookshelf: Believe Me

“Believe Me explains [the] past clearly, and in doing so, claims an important place in the conversation about the future of Christianity in America.

An Accidental Blog
Believe Me by John Fea

Fea has shown it is more fear, power, and nostalgia rather than the lordship of Christ that caused [evangelicals] to support Trump.

ColorBlind Christians
A Review of John Fea’s Believe Me

This book is an excellent starting point for white evangelicals who have the courage to become students of their own tradition.

Law and Religion Forum
Fea, “Believe Me

As insightful as it is timely, Fea’s Believe Me challenges Christians to replace fear with hope, the pursuit of power with humility, and nostalgia with history.

Running in My Head
Believe Me: The Evangelical Road to Donald Trump (Review)

[Fea] reminds us to focus on hope rather than fear, to desire humility over power, and to reckon with history rather than rely on nostalgia.

Salon.com
Blinded by Darkness: How Evangelicals Put Donald Trump Ahead of Jesus

Fear is Fea’s central concern, and the one most directly at odds with the Bible.

The Hedgehog Review
The 81 Percent

By providing a lucid narrative of the rise of the court evangelicals, their fawning pronouncements, and their self-contradictions, Fea has performed a great service.