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Pocket Guide to the Bible: A Little Book About the Big Book [Kindle Edition]

Jason Boyett

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A Little Book About the Big Book

An new guide to the original good book, focusing on the fascinating, touching, off-beat, unusual, and the downright bizarre aspects of the Bible.

Jason Boyett (Amarillo, TX) is a former copywriter and creative director in the advertising/marketing industry whose work regularly appears in publications like Relevant magazine, Christian Single, and TrueU.org. He has written for Salon.com, Paste, ChristianityToday.com, Ministries Today, and other national publications. He has been featured on international programs airing on the National Geographic Channel and the History Channel, including its recent broadcast of Mysteries of the Garden of Eden.

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"Jason Boyett′s Pocket Guides are smart and hilarious. And they′re sneaky too: You don′t realize how much you′re learning because you′re having so much fun." —AJ Jacobs, author, The Year of Living Biblically Americans consistently identify the Bible as the most influential book in history, but seriously: are you really reading it? Probably not. If all you know about the Bible are a few Psalms and the Christmas story, then you′re missing out on a book that′s wilder, weirder, and more entertaining than you ever imagined. With a stealthy combo of entertainment and insight, Jason Boyett′s Pocket Guide to the Bible fills the gaps in your religious education. It introduces you to the characters you must know, reveals the thrilling development of the biblical canon, and details the less–churchy parts of Scripture (hello, sex and violence!). Don′t miss out on discovering How God employs talking donkeys, mentally unstable prophets, and helpful prostitutes in his master plan Which moral failures may result in an old–fashioned smiting Why Catholic Bibles include books some Protestants refuse to recognize Whether your New International Version of the Bible may in fact be demonic With Pocket Guide to the Bible, you′ll finally realize what′s so good about the Good Book.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 899 KB
  • Print Length: 210 pages
  • Publisher: Jossey-Bass; 1 edition (29 Jun 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002JMV6DW
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Bible can be fun...and funny! 15 Jun 2006
By Drew B. Moser - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Hypothetical situation: I'm a publisher. I come to you with an idea. You're going to write a book about the Bible. You know that the Bible is the most read, most controversial, most complex text ever written. It spans centuries and genres. Oh yeah, and you're supposed to make this book accessible to a mass audience, so take out all of the fancy words. Oh yeah...make it funny. A short guidebook to the Bible that's easy to understand and funny. We'll call it the Pocket Guide to the Bible.

Sounds ludicrous! But that's exactly what Jason Boyett sets out to accomplish in Pocket Guide to the Bible: A Little Book About the Big Book. And, in most respects, he nails it, with a frankness and hilarity that many scholars could learn from.

If you're looking for a brief guide on biblical interpretation (aka: hermeneutics), keep looking. Boyett's not trying to dissect the difficult Hebrew and Greek syntax. But, if you're looking for a witty, lighthearted approach to a serious text (the Bible), then this book's for you.

Boyett pulls no punches in exposing some of the more ridiculous stories and texts in the Bible, yet at the same time tries to uphold it's authority and majesty. One part glossary (or, to use his term, `biblicabulary'), another part roll call of Biblical characters, and yet another part Biblical survey, and yet another part history of translations and versions, and finally, a concluding part humorous miscellany of quirky Biblical facts and observations, Boyett `guides' one through the Bible like no book on Scripture I've ever read.

At times I laughed out loud, and at other times I skimmed to the next chapter. That is to say, take this Pocket Guide for what it is: a Pocket Guide. It's not a page-turning thriller novel, nor is it a serious attempt at Biblical scholarship. It's simply one author's lighthearted attempt at viewing the Bible through the eyes of a humorist by looking at the Good Book from a number of different angles.

Overall, I'd say it's a very worthwhile read...Boyett's one-liners are alone worth the price of the book. Here are some zingers:

* When using the biblical term `flesh' in a sentence: "When Angelina Jolie showed up with her newly adopted AIDS orphan, my spirit empathized with her concern for the hurting children of the world, but my flesh kept staring at her bazongas." (p. 13)

* He even uses `IM' language: "LOL" (p.102)

* His reference to King Xerxes' parade of wives in the book of Esther: "a check-out-my-smokin'-wife show for visiting VIPs." (p. 103)

* "Bomp-chicka-bow-wow"...When referring to the book Song of Solomon.

* A word I know I've never seen in Christian publishing: "Apeshiznit" (109)

* When referring to the debate over circumcision in Galatians: "join the Snippy Brigade" (p.122)

* On Erasmus' real name, Gerrit: "Knowing this (his real name) exponentially increases his wedgie potential..." (p.144)

There's more where that came from...but you'll have to buy the book.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More fun than realized eschatology 7 July 2006
By Matt Wiggins - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Here's the thing you have to know about PGttB: it's fun to read. Yes, it's about the Bible. Yes, you actually learn stuff. But Boyett does the impossible and takes some very dry material and injects it with a huge dose of humor and gobs of intelligence. A lot of research clearly went into the book to pack it full of this much information. The book is well-organized as well. Here's the ToC:

Biblicabulary - "A glossary of the Good Book," pretty self-explanatory

Cast of Characters (A to J) - The major players of the Bible, plus some of the weirder minor ones too.

Cast of Characters (K to Z) - See above.

What Happens, Part 1 - "The Old Testament at breakneck speed," pretty much the Cliff Notes version of the Bible

What Happens, Part 2 - "The New Testament at breakneck speed."

The Brief History of the Holy Writ - "A timeline," basically the complete history of the Bible.

Versions and Perversions - "A selective survey of translations," this chapter runs through the major players in the translation game. Disappointingly doesn't cover the Hippie Bible, but I'm letting it slide.

List Ye Be Smitten - "Biblical Flotsam and Jetsam," a bunch of lists of really random stuff, really funny, weird things here.

Who to recommend this book to? I think that anyone could get something out of this book. People who know everything about the Bible will enjoy the dry wit applied to the subject. Those who know nothing about the Bible will find themselves amused and learning quite a bit in a short amount of time. Those who have no sense of humor about the subject will probably hate this book. I was caught off guard by some of the jokes myself (in terms of being surprised, not offended), but it's always good to have fun with fundamentalists. That is what fundamentalist starts with anyways.

So, in other words, I definitely recommend this book to anyone who wants to have a few laughs at the expense of long-dead biblical characters while learning a thing here and there as well. Boyett does it again with a book that makes biblical theology fun.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars not perfect, but still pretty funny stuff 4 Sep 2006
By gary medlock - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
this book is a rather humorous little jaunt through the bible, but it has a tendency to be a bit dry here and there. it opens, promisingly enough, with a biblicabulary and cast, which cover all the major terms and folks of the bible with less than maximum reverence and, well, a bit of ribaldry. they and the miscellany "list ye be smitten" are the highlights, as they most illustrate the humor that can be drawn from the bible and its colorful cast of characters, which is what this whole book is really about. where it drags is in the telling of the tale. its description of "what happens" in the bible is where the author gets bogged down. although mr boyett throws in a few interesting tid-bits and humorous comments here and there, most of his retelling of the bible story sounds like a junior high smart-alec who isn't as funny as he is in his own mind. don't get me wrong, i enjoy this as a general rule, but mr boyett doesn't execute as well as he should, or as well as he did in his pocket guide to the apocalypse. as for bible teaching, there is nothing here that will do anything for anyone who has been reading the bible longer than a year, but his stuff is sound with only a few factual hiccups. but that's not why you should read the book. you should read the book because you appreciate the difference between irreverence and good-natured fun, and because, on the whole, it's pretty funny stuff.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun for all levels of religious indoctrination 8 Aug 2006
By Dana Larson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I grew up in the church - Sunday School, Bible Quizzing, Pioneer Girls, Potlucks - so I consider myself FULLY indoctrinated. I loved the book. Even though it was hilarious, I actually learned a bunch of stuff I didn't know. For the un-indoctrinated, you are in for some great laughs along with an excellent education. I really think it should be required reading for Bible 101.*

*And Jason Boyett writes great footnotes...don't miss them.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great recap, entertainment and flat out LOL reading 26 July 2006
By Derrick P. Phillips - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
In reading the Pocket Guide to the Bible I found myself re-visiting the good old days of Bible Study, Church History and general theological development that took place during my studies. This was a refreshing recap of things learned in the past with the pleasant and entertaining insertion of quick humor and hip language. If all you remember about studying the Bible is long and boring, keep-yourself-awake-with-a-whole-pot-of-coffee cram sessions then Pocket Guide will definately revive your soul and help you realize how exciting this big "book" really was, AND IS, to you.

Overall, I definately recommend this book to anyone. (well, anyone of the adequate age anyway) I especially recommend it to the "I'm too spiritual, you can't say those things about God and the Bible" type of people because it may help them out of their stuffiness. (Sorry, just had to write that.)

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