Good Book

Good Book

The Bizarre, Hilarious, Disturbing, Marvelous, and Inspiring Things I Learned When I Read Every Single Word of the Bible

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"Hilarious. . . . It's Cliff Notes for Scripture--screenplay by Plotz, story by God. . . . In the end, though, the book is made by the spirit of the writer." -- The New York Times Book Review

"Like the Bible itself, Good Book contains multitudes--it is by turns thought-provoking, funny, enlightening and moving." -- A. J. Jacobs, author of The Year of Living Biblically

"Plotz is a genius writer." -- Franklin Foer, author of How Soccer Explains the World

A whip-smart, laugh-out-loud tour through the most important book in the world, a book most people have never read: the Bible.

Publisher: New York : Harper, c2009
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780061374241
0061374245
Characteristics: viii, 322 p. ; 24 cm

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iteradose
Jan 21, 2012

A "Coles-Notes"-like summary of the Hebrew Bible (or Old Testament for Christrian readers) without the analysis sections. As a first time reader of the Bible, Plotz is surprised to find the text full of stories that were either eliminated from his Sunday School lessons, or white washed to eliminate often shocking and violent details. As a summary of biblical stories, the book works well. However the read/blog/read/blog formula does not allow for a deeper commentary or understanding of the text, and the author often misses the point. If one is simply looking for a brief overview or highlights of the main biblical stories, and one can stomach the almost-too-frequent references to pop culture and mainstream cable TV, this is the book for you.

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Lincolnj28
Jul 18, 2011

If you can't bring yourself to read the Bible, grab this!

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melabelle27
Jan 07, 2010

I could not put this book down. It was interesting, easy to read and hilarious in places. For those like me who have read the bible several times, it gives you a totally fresh point of view of the stories within. For those who have never read the bible it is a easy (albeit sometimes irreverent)intro.

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randalljay
Apr 24, 2009

It takes a lot of courage to write a book about the quirkiness of the Old Testament, but the author does a great job. It's an honest approach and has a great deal of humor - mainly by pointing out the contradictions in the Bible and other oddities that don't mesh with the 21st Century.

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