I can’t think of any book I’ve read that has made be change my opinion from black to white. But there are plenty of books that have made me see the world in shades of gray. Two such books are The Unlikely Disciple by Kevin Roose and Mystics, Mavericks and Merrymakers by Stephanie Levine.
Both books look at religious people from an immersive sociological perspective. Levine lives within the Hasidic community, and they are fully aware of the fact that she is writing a book about them. Roose on the other hand enters Liberty University under the guise of a newly born again Christian transfer student. Both books present their subjects in a very sympathetic way, that made the very secular me, appreciate and perhaps begin to understand their viewpoints. I don’t think we will ever agree with each other on a few key aspects but the two books gave me a better understanding of what makes these people who they are and why what they believe is so important to them.