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11th-Jun-2008 03:37 pm
I've read a few reviews on this book. Most people seem to really enjoy it. There're a fair amount of people, though, who get on Moore for using "frat boy" humor, a la Porky's, etc. To that end I'd say, "Geez, peeps! Have a friggin' sense of humor already!" Seriously. So much of what is said about Jesus/Christianity is so friggin' pious and platitudinal. Ugh. Like if anyone makes up funny stories about Jesus and/or God they're somehow being heretical or disrespectful. In my opinion, Christianity (and probably most other religions) needs more laughter. I don't always know how to bring it into religion, but am distinctly admiring of people who do.

So I like this book a lot - even if some of the humor might be a wee bit juvenile, even for me. It's the spirit of the whole thing - putting Jesus into a really human context, talking about all of those years that were lost in the Bible, and (omigod, not THIS!) making him REALLY human. I mean, he swears and says mean things sometimes and is a real person. It cracks me up and warms my heart. I can't relate to a Jesus who is solely the Son of God, etc. - you know, the one with all those fancy titles. Give me Jesus, the Jewish peasant boy, any day.

Some other stuff I like:
Moore has a generally easygoing writing style.
He's done some creative work about what Jesus did with the 20some years where we have no real historical factual idea what Jesus did. (I've always been fascinated by what happened during those years!)
The frat-boy humor: maybe more frat boys would become spiritually inclined were there something that spoke more to them in religious literature - perhaps this is a step in that direction!

Maybe one of these days I'll write a more detailed actual book-review-looking thing about this book, but seriously: if you need a little jaunt in your Jesus, find this book and read it. And The Secret Magdalene, too, while you're at it.
16th-Jun-2008 03:10 am (UTC)
I'm actually reading this book right now, well, not while I'm typing since that would take a skill at multi-tasking that I just don't possess. :-)

But it is a rather awesome book, both my Dad and my Uncle loved it too.
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