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The Exciting World of Churchgoing [Kindle Edition]

Dave Walker
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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'Walker's laterally thinking humour shows an intimate knowledge of the sometimes strange behaviour of us church folk. I haven't laughed so much for ages ... An excellent Chrsitmas present for almost any churchgoer.' -- John Henderson 201012 '... slightly irreverant, but very humorous ... If you have friends who think church is dull and boring, and wonder what you see in attending, then this might just settle their minds once and for all. Alternatively keep a copy in your smallest room and listen out for the guffaws.' 201010

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Dave Walker, a thirty-something cartoonist, web editor and former church and community youth worker has become the UK'S leading cartoon commentator on the state of the Church (local and national). His Guide to the Church cartoons appear weekly in the Church Times, and on the paper's daily blog, and many more can be found on Dave's website, This is his third collection of cartoons. His first cartoon collection reprinted within three months and is now in its third printing. His second collection is in its second printing. His many fans will love this third volume with its Tweeting bishops, its sociological study of the average Lent group, its handy guide to weighing up the respective merits of going to a church service vs. an Alpha course, and a great deal more.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 8262 KB
  • Print Length: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Canterbury Press; 1 edition (9 Aug. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008VA6VRW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #577,373 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Exciting World of Churchgoing 13 Feb. 2011
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When I saw the advert for this book I did not realize it was cartoons. I thought I could get a few ideas for making going to church more exciting. However, I have now been introduced to the brilliantly insightful and hilariously funny cartoons of Dave Walker. I know when people say "you've got to read this, its hilarious" almost invariably the recipient does not think it remotely amusing. However, this really is hilarious and, in fact, I thought it so good I immediately bought another 3 copies to give away. It has also given me an idea of how to get rid of the pews (a topic of heated discussions in our church) I am sure I can enlist the help of the children in Messy Church... I will no doubt be buying more of Dave Walker's books.
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5.0 out of 5 stars visual brilliance...... 30 Dec. 2010
The Exciting World of Churchgoing: A Dave Walker Guide
Canterbury Press, August 2010
Comedic gets visual engages Churchianity! This is Dave Walkers third book of cartoons where the church gets critiqued by mind, spirit and line cartoons. Walker's not for letting up on the endless variations of life and possibility that birth from local parish pews to you and I. Dave's visual style is wonderfully simple - with outline drawings of pastors, people and pews abounding!

This third publication clusters together Walkers disparate offerings from website, Church Times regulars and many other locations. His handiwork have brightened many a dull publication and long may it continue. There is insight, genius and subtlety abounding in this slim attractive volume. Utterly distinctive!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Clever little book 9 Sept. 2011
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Bought for a colleague who is leaving work to train in 'vicar school'- he loved it as did the rest of us when we had a look, full of clever little cartoons that made us laugh.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Where church meets banana skin 26 Sept. 2010
How to describe the humour of Dave Walker? It's as dry as a communion wafer stuck to the roof of your mouth. This is his third book of cartoons where church meets banana skin, and there's no sign that he's finished exhausting the comic potential of life in the pews.

Dave's visual style is deceptively simple - with childlike drawings of bishops, people in pews and church architecture - and reminds me of Tim Hunkin's Rudiments of Wisdom cartoons from the Observer in the 1980s. But what takes these above Hunkin is the humour, which is delivered through flatly factual text.

For example, a cartoon in this book on the responsibilities of the church sound desk operator: "Moving the slider up a bit. Moving the slider down a bit. Every now and then pressing the 'sudden unexpected feedback' button." The deadpanning and the simple drawings conceal an artful and inventive brain at work. Working consistently in this style takes time and planning, as well as the ever-necessary banging your head repeatedly on the drawing board.

Religious cartoonists who are genuinely funny should be treasured, because there aren't many of them. There's only one, so far as I know, whose speciality is delicious English understatement... and that's reason enough to buy this book.
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