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Bacon Sandwiches and Salvation: An A-Z of the Christian Life [Paperback]

Adrian Plass
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9 Feb 2007
What are the two most important things in the universe? Bacon sandwiches and salvation, according to Adrian Plass. In this book, he combines one-line definitions with more thoughtful pieces, producing a volume that will make you laugh, cry - and reflect. Despite the fact that someone once offered him five million pounds never to write another word for publication (one hilarious story recounted here) this is a glorious book, Vintage Plass.

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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Authentic Lifestyle; Reprint edition (9 Feb 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1850787239
  • ISBN-13: 978-1850787235
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 178,378 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Healing, life-affirming and full of hope.' -- Rob Frost

'Stimulating, thought-provoking ... and, of course, as funny as
ever. This book is a blessing to the church.'
-- Stephen Gaukroger

Brilliant, fun, laugh-out-loud stuff.' -- Jeff Lucas, author, speaker, broadcaster

About the Author

Adrian Plass is one of today's most successful Christian authors. He has written over twenty books in the last eighteen years, including 'The Son of God is Dancing...'

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
'I hope that Bacon Sandwiches And Salvation will make you laugh, or at least smile, and also that you will not hurt yourself too badly when you trip over the occasional serious or whimsical bits.' So Mr Plass warns his readers before ushering us into his satirical, sometimes contraversial, frequently flippant and wonderfully engaging worldview. And I have to say, he couldn't have hit the nail any firmer on the head. This book made me laugh at loud, and then stutter, swallow hard, blink a few times and ponder each new, fertile patch of turf Plass pointed out in his usual unexpected way. There were gentle slopes leading to great pastures and great big walls of growth that slammed you in the face and made you wonder how he'd sneaked that one up on you.

It's not as easy to read as much of his earlier work, probably purely because it's not a novel, but the dictionary-style layout makes it easy to dip into at random intervals when you feel like a spiced bite to liven up your daily reading. It feels a lot darker than perhaps would be expected as well, and there were times when I put it down in despair after feeling yet another of Plass's blunt insights slice away the varnish and expose a flash of white bone, in both myself and the church. But despite the ouches, this book paints an accurate, funny portrait every Christian will recognise and is well worth the read. Plass's lyrics under 'Anglican' sum up his message rather well: church life can be foolish, strangled, trendy, dusty, awkward, puzzling, stupid, ghastly and tender - but the coffee's always free.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Pure genius 13 May 2008
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If you're anything like me, this book will make you laugh out loud and occasionally cause you to take a long hard look at the way you see the world. As Christians we do tend to become far too serious for our own good and Adrian Plass helps us to laugh at ourselves. This is an extremely encouraging and uplifting book, though, and I'd recommend it to anyone who doesn't believe that God has a sense of humour! Anyway, who could resist finding out why bacon sandwiches and salvation create such a perfect combination?
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4.0 out of 5 stars cuddly teddybear meets naughty schoolboy 1 Nov 2007
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Adrian Plass began his (ho hum) literary career by ripping off the title of the Adrian Mole Diaries and amusing us by proving that there isn't much difference between a confused 37 year old Christian and a typical spotty adolescent 24 years younger. He has failed to mature in the 20 years since - mercifully - and has become the cross between cuddly teddy bear and naughty schoolboy that continues to amuse a Christian public that knows that it is being too solemn and earnest for it's own good.

This dictionary style book is a kind of `Greatest Hits of Adrian Plass'. This removes the need for all those devices comic authors must usually employ to link the jokes together. You know. Like a story. No doubt it also means that Adrian's wit will now appear in even more sermons, talks, and, God help us, lectures than ever before, as speakers can now access it alphabetically by subject.

Some of this is side splittingly funny, some of it is `Oh no, he can't have said that!!!!!!` Some of it is worryingly perceptive. Sadly the book does not smell of Bacon Sandwiches. Hence I am only giving it four stars.

If you like this style of Adrian Plass book I recommend his earlier 'Clearing Away The Rubbish', if you like that book you should enjoy this one.
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4.0 out of 5 stars tried something new 30 Oct 2011
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Adrian Plass was new to me, but his down to earth and humorous writing was very funny and thought provoking. Christians do have a sense of humour!
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good read that makes you think 5 Mar 2010
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Although this book is easy to read it leaves you with a lot to think about. Its a fanatstic read for new christians just like me. Also it is one of the books that you can dip back into again and again.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bacon sandwiches and salvation 29 Aug 2013
By Mrs T
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I heard an extract from this book read during a church service and decided to get my own copy as well as one for my sister for Christmas. I was not disappointed; this is typical Adrian Plass, ranging from amusing to hysterical. Not too far behind the humour is often the message that Christians can take themselves far too seriously and it wouldn't hurt to lighten up from time to time!
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