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Me, Myself, And Bob (Tpc) [Paperback]

Phil Vischer
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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (21 Dec 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1595551220
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595551221
  • Product Dimensions: 21.1 x 14.2 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 557,874 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Me, Myself, & Bob This is a story of dreaming big and working hard, of spectacular success and breathtaking failure, of shouted questions, and, at long last, whispered answers. With trademark wit and heart, Phil Vischer shares how God can use the death of a dream to point us toward true success. Larry. Bob. Archibald. These VeggieTales stars are the most famous vegetables you'll ever eat. Oops, meet. Their antics a... Full description

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By RMc
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This is a very interesting and thought provoking book, well written and easy to read, that would be useful and enjoyable for anyone who has either a new business venture and/or a dream for what God has planned for them. PV is very honest, without wallowing, and he answers the question "What happened to VeggieTales" really well. There are two key aspects to the book that I think could both be expanded out into 'bigger' books on their own: (1) listening to God and working with HIm to achieve his dream for you (2) setting out your vision for a new venture and aligning your team to the aims and objectives. I would recommend this book as an easy introduction to either of these topics!
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Amazon.com: 4.8 out of 5 stars  54 reviews
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun and Easy Read but Powerful Story. 13 Feb 2008
By Frank D. Nicodem III - Published on Amazon.com
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I was handed this book to read as I have made many people aware of my long train ride and constant need for new things to read. I love veggie tales but had no understanding of the company or its history, other than my sister taking a tour after winning a contest years ago. So I didn't know what to expect or why it would be worth publishing.

What a pleasant surprise!!! This has become one of my favorite books and I have since purchased many copies for gifts and lent my own copy out multiple times. Phil's writing style is easy to read and he is fantastically funny no matter how good/bad/normal/technical the content is.

There are many lessons to be learned through the roller coaster ride that the author and his company, Big Idea, went on. This is a must-read for anyone considering joining or starting a full time ministry, or for anyone about to embark in a leadership role of any kind. For the rest of us who grew up mesmerized by CGI, its a great and funny book.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Business Book I've Ever Read 10 Jun 2008
By theberad - Published on Amazon.com
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I just got finished reading this and was totally blown away. I really appreciated his honesty and openness about what happened to Big Idea and this reaffirmed my feelings about the other so-called business books out there: it's easy to look like a genius when you study successful companies and draw contrasts, but the same methods don't work for every company.

Phil is a great storyteller, and I'm pleased to have been let into his world for a few hours.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating 21 Jun 2008
By Marie - Published on Amazon.com
As a Veggie fan since the inception of VeggieTales, I found this book riveting. The story of the spectacular rise of the Veggie kingdom and the lessons Phil V. learned along the way was interesting because I knew only parts of the whole story. The leadership lessons at the end were something I can apply to my specific situation. When some authors attempt to pass on wisdom they have gleaned, the book gets dry and boring. That didn't happen with this book, it was well-written all the way to the end. I can't wait to see what Phil Vischer comes up with next!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Don't Cry For Me... 2 Sep 2012
By Cow Byte - Published on Amazon.com
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There were many reasons for me not to read this book. I was told I would cry while reading it. Psh. I also have a pretty high bar for what I consider to be good writing, and after skimming the first 3 pages of this book, I wasn't sold. Also, being a diligent researcher, I looked the book up on Amazon and read the reviews. Eh, mixed. The consensus, however, was that the last third of the book was worth waiting for. This is also what was told to me by the person who recommended the book. So, even while in middle of reading another book, and because I needed a major distraction with an easy read, I decided to take a stab.

Me, Myself & Bob is a memoir written by Phil Vischer. If you don't know who he is, you might've heard about his company, Big Idea. If that doesn't ring a bell, Bob the Tomato probably would. If that doesn't cut it, you should come out of the hole you've been living in and take a shower or something. When I say "his company," I really should say, "ex-company" since he is no longer the CEO of Big Idea, the workings behind things like VeggieTales, 3-2-1 Penguins, and the Larryboy shows (the latter are lesser-known.) He now runs Jellyfish Labs (there's a really good reason behind that silly-sounding name. You get there at the end of the book.)

The first two-thirds of the book outlines the massive success of his company and the massive failure it became. I was pretty surprised--and impressed--by getting an insider's look (and take) on the world of animation at that time. The show was pretty impressive and I'll probably never look at another episode the same way. Vischer then outlines the agonizing process through which his dream was taken from his hands. He candidly shares his experiences and talks about instances where it seemed that God could've intervened to save the company, but didn't. He shares those times when prayer, good intentions, ministry, and talent couldn't save a company, or a dream, from dying.

The last third of the book really is worth getting to. Especially if you've ever struggled with losing something--a dream... whether it be your dream job, your dream relationship, your dream ministry event. Especially if the dream explodes into a fantastic fireworks show that was completely and unnecessarily horrendous and hurtful to everyone and left you spiritually reeling not unlike a boxing knockout. ...Can you tell this was personal? I found myself nodding and realizing familiar territory, while at the same time being re-challenged and reawakened at the realization that I am not alone in this, and that God really, really does change lives.

With all that said, the book is not without its faults. The prize at the bottom of the cereal box take a little bit of mucking. Vischer's style (he not only wrote most of VeggieTales' initial scripts, but was the voice of Bob the Tomato) is kind of like what you would expect from someone who wrote most of VeggieTales' scripts and was the voice of Bob the Tomato. He's a little scattered, not the best writer, and a little (ok, a lot) rambly. I suspect his editors gave up on trying to shut out his hopelessly cartoonish style of thinking (and speaking, and writing.) To be fair, I got used to it after chapter... fifteen, and it became a bit like a friend yammering about his life. I just sat back and listened (I tried to find this on audiobook, but it's not there.) And then you get a shot in the face by chapter twenty-one. Even the latter chapters wasn't the powerhouse I was expecting. Once I got there, I was starting to get a little nervous: is this what they were telling me to wait for? Uh-oh. But man. It pays off. If anything, it's the story of success from ashes: seeing redemption work from beginning to brutal end to glorious rebirth.

Bottom line: Even if you've never experienced bewilderment at God dashing your most earnest of intentions, even if you've never had a dream of changing the world through ministry, even if you've worked it all out and are right with God... there's a lot this book has to offer. I don't particularly believe that his story must be our story, and that his experiences are templates that are applicable to others. But it's a story about how one man handled his grapplings with God, and as for me, his voice was something my soul was familiar with. Maybe it'll be the same for you. And ok, if you promise not to tell anyone, I did it. I cried.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow! 3 Mar 2009
By Dearly Loved - Published on Amazon.com
I was wandering through our local library when I spied this book displayed in the biography section. Because I had always wondered about the story behind the fall of Vischer's Big Idea, I checked it out. All I can say is "Wow!". This is an account of Phil Vischer's journey with the God who loves him. Yes, it's about the rise and fall of Big Idea, and it's about the business/management lessons he learned along the way. But most importantly it's about the love and mercy of God --- so big and deep and expansive---that revealed truth and life to Phil.
It's well-written, witty, and at times suspensful. I just could not put it down --- even while wading through the chapter or so of Greek-to-me computer/CGI-speak. Phil Vischer writes candidly of his own life; hurts, joys, pride and humility, the heart-wrenching questions and eye-opening answers. He shares valuable business lessons and rich nuggets of truth. The last chapters are beautiful, as Phil describes the realization of God's love for and whole acceptance of and joy in him. This is a must-read for anyone who wants to love and serve people with integrity and humility, and especially for those who love God, whatever their place in life. I'll return the book to the library for someone else to enjoy, and buy one for myself! Thanks, Phil Vischer!
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