Gina Welch talks about In the Land of the Believers: A Journey to the Heart of Evangelical America. Welch, a young secular Jew from Berkeley, joined Jerry Falwell's Thomas Road Baptist Church. Over the course of nearly two years, Welch immersed herself in the life of the devout: she learned to interpret the world like an evangelical.
Gina Welch, a 2001 graduate of Yale University, teaches creative writing at George Washington University. She has also taught writing at the University of Virginia, American University, UVA Young Writer Workshop, and WriterHouse in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Her writing has previously appeared in Meridian, Time Out New York, and Playboy.