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Evangellyfish by [Wilson, Douglas]
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 390 KB
  • Print Length: 237 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Canon Press; 1st Edition edition (31 Jan. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007L889I4
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #695,343 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Over here in the UK we tend to view American evangelicalism with a mixture of bafflement and contempt, mainly because we're only familiar with the way that a very small part of it is charicatured in the media. Needless to say, the full picture is much more colourful and nuanced, and Doug Wilson succeeds in portraying some of its variety and nailing some of its absurdity in a way that is all the funnier for being basically sympathetic to its subject matter.

The tone is set by Wilson's original take on the usual disclaimer found at the beginning of most contemporary novels:

"All the characters in Evangllyfish are fictional, and I made them all up out of my own head. Any resemblance to any real people, living or dead, is their own darn fault."

At its heart, Evangellyfish is a tale of two pastors. Chad Lester is the pastor of Camel Creek, a huge megachurch in an anonymous Midwestern city; John Mitchell pastors Grace Reformed Baptist Church in the same city, a much smaller entity far more typical of American churches and not dissimilar from a large number of British ones. As Wilson puts it:

"The two congregations, and the two men, were in the same city, but they existed in entirely different realities. Pastor Mitchell had the advantage of his reality being more or less real."

The plot has many twists and turns and involves a large cast of vividly-drawn characters, and I'm not even going to begin to relate it. In some ways the plot, gripping as it is, takes second place to the author's sublime use of language, which draws heavily on the tradition of P. G. Wodehouse, J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S Lewis and no doubt numerous American authors with whom I'm not so familiar.
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4.0 out of 5 stars throwback fiction 9 May 2013
By Tom Glasscock - Published on Amazon.com
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The book was written, seemingly for the reformed theologically literate, or at least semiliterate., as a consequence there are important and funny points that some readers may not get. It is mildly out of step with fiction today; every three lines is a witticism and that had somewhat of the negative effect of making the author seem to high browed for his own good. But readers of Chesterton, Wodehouse and Lewis will find a familiar and comfortable cadence to this dark satire. And of course being the staunch reformed postmillennial he is, Wilson leaves the reader with redemption just over the horizon. Aside from a clearly intentional and unabashed misspelling of Bar-B-Q, HERESY!, it was an excellent and enjoyable read
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sadly not as fictitious as it should be 16 Aug. 2013
By J. Mccormack - Published on Amazon.com
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I am not a fan of fiction. I rarely read it, and in general rarely read for just the entertainment factor. But having been a big fan of Wilson's for nearly two decades now, and having read so much of his non-fiction theological work, and hearing so many great things about this book, I dove in - and LOVED it.

In some ways I did not know Wilson could write like this. It was so captivating, and he does a great job of establishing the characters and their internal "evils" that they truly come to life in the story. The story is kind of creepy in places, yet realistic sounding at the same time. I loved the ending and did not see it coming, so that was great.

The story is about a scandal with the pastor in a mega-church, and contains all kinds of mini-plots with characters and their scandalous lifestyles too. While it is fiction, nothing found here is too far fetched to not be believable and possibly a reality in churches of this nature. All in all, it is quite a wild and crazy ride that was quite enjoyable when it was over. I will definitely look out for more of Doug's fiction type stuff from now on.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining (but slightly stereotyping) 12 Aug. 2013
By Svein Kjetil Haugset - Published on Amazon.com
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The book is well written and the story is exiting and entertaining. It offers a lot of theological insight that demonstrates the dangers of the often not so well defined theology in many non-denominational mega-churches and the danger of focusing on the external form of the church, rather than the internal faith of each church member.

But the book is about a stereotype of a church gone bad, not about a real life church. All the bad guys are stereotypical (or ill-informed and/or overly naïve). But even though the plot is hyperbolic and the characters are stereotypical, I recommend this book. When we study things, we make clear model. And to make a model clear we need to simplify it and exaggerate our main points. (Jesus used hyperboles to underline His points.) So, as long as you are not offended by the clear bias towards sound doctrine, or by exaggerated stereotypes, this book is a treat! (If you attend a mega-church where the external form is emphasized, you might find this book a threat.)
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4.0 out of 5 stars A fitting send-up of modern evangelical America 23 Jan. 2013
By J. Penn - Published on Amazon.com
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I bought and read this after seeing it rated by "Christianity Today" as a best of 2012 book. I laughed a lot through the first half, not so much in the second half. It's a quick read with witty satire and writing that will certainly offend something in every American evangelical - as probably it should. There is much for which American evangelicalism has to answer, and this book hits it all in a way that leaves us room to laugh but doesn't let anyone off the hook.
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Read about a Touchy Subject 18 Mar. 2015
By Sandra H. Rosser - Published on Amazon.com
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Very honest look at how some Christians handle scandals in the church. I found it refreshing as well to look at the path of Camel Creek in the book and see a spot-on comparison to some of today's church fail to preach confession of sins. Being Christ-like is not about "feeling good." It's about being obedient.
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