Friday, November 13, 2009

Book Review - Lamb

So I added a little thingy over there on the side to show what books I'm currently reading. For the record I am not a read multiple books at once type of person. These are all ones that I happened to grab when I went to the library the other day. I read them one at a time and yes, I check books out from the library. I'll occasionally buy a book from Half Price, but usually I go in there or hop on to Amazon to see when they recommend for me, and then I look it up at the library. If it's something I really want and our library system doesn't have it, then I'll buy it. Our library is great because you can go online and look up the book you want. If it's not in your local branch you just request it and they send it over for you. It's fantastic!

So I went into the library to grab two books I had seen at Half Price and got distracted by the 4 that I ended up checking out instead. I figured, I already had the two written down, I could just get those at a later time. One that caught my eye is this one:

Only, it's a vampire story and I absolutely refuse to jump onto that vampire bandwagon right now.

But then another of the author's pieces of work caught my eye:

Only, my library had the special edition copy which looks like a Bible and I've been asked several times this week if I'm reading the Bible. You should see the looks on people's faces when I tell them what the book it called - The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal. Yes, the name Biff is what caught my eye. Biff is actually Levi which someone of you may know from the actual Bible.

There isn't a synopsis on the special edition so I borrowed this book on cover alone. John saw it and said, "what type of sacrilegious crap did you bring home now?" I replied that the book was either going to be awesome or awesomely bad. I'm about a quarter of the way through and I'm leaning towards just plain awesome, but I could find how some people would think this book is offensive.

The author even starts with a blessing:

"If you have come to these pages for laughter, may you find it. If you are here to be offended, may your ire rise and your blood boil. If you seek an adventure, may this story sing you away to blissful escape. If you need to test or confirm your beliefs, may you reach comfortable conclusions. All books reveal perfection, by what they are or what they are not. May you find that which you seek, in these pages or outside them. May you find perfection, and know it by name."

I don't want to give too much away like I started to do to John last night, but the book basically tells the story of Jesus' childhood. You meet him when he's 9 and he's already performing some minor miracles, Mary is all hardcore about her son being the Messiah, he's questioning himself and trying to figure out how to be the Savior, but first and foremost, he's a 9 year old kid. 9 year old kids are going to get into all sorts of trouble - especially when he's got these "powers" and he's learning not only how to be human, but how to be a Savior. I think it's pretty cool as it's something I've always wondered about. I believe that Jesus was an important person and a political figure during his time, and it's up to you to believe or not believe in his divinity. I almost wish there was more written about his childhood because for many it may provide some additional guidance. It would personally make me feel a lot better to know that even Jesus got in trouble for breaking curfew as a kid.

So that's a little glimpse into this book. I'm enjoying it a lot and find it really funny. Biff is a little crass and it totally fits my 13 year old boy sense of humor. I'm not well versed in the Bible or any of the history of that time period so I can't say how accurate or not it is, but it's highly entertaining.

1 comment:

  1. This is one of my all-time favorite books. It has disappeared from my bookshelf, and I'm actually pretty pissed about it.

    People gave me heck at the Lutheran college that I went to for being a "believer" and reading this book. But hello, it's fiction and hilarious, especially if you're familiar with all the Biblical allusions.


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