If you were unaware, the Jesus People was a movement in the 60s and 70s that fused hippie culture with evangelical Christianity. Eskridge's book is a history and analysis of the "Jesus Freak" movement and its lasting impact upon American Christianity.
The Jesus People movement hit its cultural high water mark in 1971 when Time magazine devoted its cover and lead story--"The Alternative Jesus: Psychedelic Christ"--to the hippie Christians.
The Time cover is shown here.
The Time story led off with the words from a Wanted poster from a Jesus People underground newspaper:
ALIAS:THE MESSIAH, THE SON OF GOD, KING OF KINGS, LORD OF LORDS, PRINCE OF PEACE, ETC.
Notorious leader of an underground liberation movement.
Wanted for the following charges:
—Practicing medicine, winemaking and food distribution without a license.
—Interfering with businessmen in the temple.
—Associating with known criminals, radicals, subversives, prostitutes and street people.
—Claiming to have the authority to make people into God's children.
APPEARANCE: Typical hippie type—long hair, beard, robe, sandals.
Hangs around slum areas, few rich friends, often sneaks out into the desert.
BEWARE: This man is extremely dangerous. His insidiously inflammatory message is particularly dangerous to young people who haven't been taught to ignore him yet. He changes men and claims to set them free.
WARNING: HE IS STILL AT LARGE!