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Me, Myself & Bob: A True Story about God, Dreams, and Talking Vegetables Hardcover – 17 Mar 2007

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  • Hardcover: 260 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson Publishers (17 Mar. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785222073
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785222071
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 16.1 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 923,889 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Phil Vischer had a dream. As he describes in his autobiography, he felt called by God to create Christian alternatives to mass media. And he wanted to be good at it. From an early age, he had an interest in film. As an adult, he transitioned that to computer production and eventually started Big Idea and VeggieTales.

But all was not smooth sailing. The company mushroomed then crumbled, ending in bankruptcy. Just what went wrong? Well, that's what this book is all about.

And it's a highly entertaining read. Phil interjects his narration with the dry wit and funny stories you'd expect from the man behind VeggieTales. But by no means is it a whoa-is-me story. Phil takes much of the blame for what happened and goes out of his way to not name many of the players in the story. The last two chapters detail what Phil learned from all this. He talks about business lessons and the Spiritual growth he experienced as a result of losing everything he thought he was to do.

I found the book almost impossible to put down and the last few chapters are very moving. This is a must read for any VeggieTales fan who wants the inside scope on what really happened to their favorite Veggies.
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Very much enjoys this reading. It has good life and business lessons, particularly for the start up producer.
Great sense of humor by the author, keeping ones interest, even though some of the first part of the book is a bit on the technical side of the technology limitations they experienced. Interesting for those who understand the terminology, but some of that short part might not be understood by the average reader.
Other then that, the majority of the book is a great read.
Andrew
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x895b6bd0) out of 5 stars 157 reviews
38 of 39 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x895d115c) out of 5 stars Deeply moving and practically inspiring narrative 5 Jan. 2007
By Dean K. Wilson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Can 40-year-old Phil Vischer, creator of the astounding VeggieTales videos tell a great story in a heartfelt, yet entertaining, manner? Of course he can! And, he does. "Me, Myself, and Bob..." traces Vischer's personal history and gives readers insight into how the lovable Larry the Cucumber and Bob the Tomatoe rose to continue to have such a startling impact on a generation of young people and their families.

Using very touching anecdotes in a style the often punctuates with laughter, Vischer describes his early life in Muscatine, Iowa, his move to Illinois, and his college years. He shares the creative spark that developed from his friendship with Mike Nawrocki.

He also narrates in poignant detail the exciting rise and the devastating fall of the company he had lovingly developed to produce the VeggieTales videos.

Every young person growing up in a family devoted to the Lord Jesus Christ needs to read this book. Vischer has a unique ability to share his life experiences in a challenging and life-affirming manner. This story will help all young believers develop a firmer hold on the practicality of their faith in a real world.

This book will also motivate and entertain anyone who has a dream that remains unfulfilled. And, this book will speak words of both reality and hope to those who face challenges in their daily work environment.

I cannot recommend this book more highly. Vischer not only shares moments of spiritual renewal, he also offers clear and concise explanations of the lessons he learned from his business experiences.

Perhaps one of the most succinct summaries of the mindset of Phil Vischer comes from his statement: "Life is tricky. God gave us all the freedom to choose, and with that gift comes the freedom to choose poorly...But as I think you'll see in my story, God has an uncanny ability to redeem our mistakes. To use them for good."

In Chapter 21, Vischer carefully and insightfully shares some deep spiritual truths that he learned from the experience of seeing his dream come to life and then die. In a poignant yet powerful manner, he shares how God revealed His truth in a life-transforming way. Everyone who reads this book and arrives at this chapter, already filled with heart-wrenching identification with what Vischer experienced, will come away with a significant dose of hopefulness. For it is in this chapter that Vischer provides the "You see, Timmy" moment that flows to the heart of the meaning behind the journey.

May God indeed use this most excellent, funny, deeply moving, and practically inspiring narrative for good; to touch the lives of every reader.
22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x895976f0) out of 5 stars When life gives you vegetables, make gazpacho 2 Feb. 2007
By Charles S. Houser - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
In ME, MYSELF, & BOB, Phil Vischer tells of his meteroic rise to success and fame as the creator of the best-selling, direct-to-video CG hit series VeggieTales and the equally swift collapse of his dream to become the next Walt Disney (or the Christian Walt Disney). And he does it with all the liveliness and wit of a VeggieTales Silly Song. His writing is very visual ("I'd sort of freeze up like a garden hose left outside in a Minnesota winter.") and salty ("Financial resources are like teeth--ignore them and they'll go away.") And, like a VeggieTales video, it's a bit of a morality play--one that makes no apology for being thoroughly Christocentric but, also like a VeggieTale, doesn't become explicitly Scriptural until the last chapter.

This book can be read on a number of levels--as one man's rise, fall, and rebirth; as a critique of (take your pick) American capitalism, corporate managerial fads, hero worship (Vischer's of Disney), the American dream, the shallowness and cynicism of Hollywood, and the Protestant work ethic; or as a theological lesson on the importance of putting God first, last, and in between. While it would be hard to call Vischer humble, he does a good job of examining his motives and mistakes, and he does so with the grace (or good sense) not to blame others (well, at least not to name them or give us enough information so we can easily identify them). The closing chapters in which he recounts what he has learned from his VeggieTales roller coaster ride are sincere and wise. He discusses the difference between dreams and visions on the one hand and "God's revelation" on the other. His description of the pain of losing something you are certain God had led you to pursue is nuanced and convincing. While he never compares himself to Job (the biblical character you would think he would most identify with), his is truly a story of of a man richly blessed by God, stripped naked by the Accuser, tormented, and ultimately restored to God and doubly blessed. A very inspiring story.
27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x895b40d8) out of 5 stars Pay Attention to the Man Behind the Veggies 21 Feb. 2007
By Mark Baker - Carstairs Considers - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Phil Vischer had a dream. As he describes in his autobiography, he felt called by God to create Christian alternatives to mass media. And he wanted to be good at it. From an early age, he had an interest in film. As an adult, he transitioned that to computer production and eventually started Big Idea and VeggieTales.

But all was not smooth sailing. The company mushroomed then crumbled, ending in bankruptcy. Just what went wrong? Well, that's what this book is all about.

And it's a highly entertaining read. Phil interjects his narration with the dry wit and funny stories you'd expect from the man behind VeggieTales. But by no means is it a woe-is-me story. Phil takes much of the blame for what happened and goes out of his way to not name many of the players in the story. The last two chapters detail what Phil learned from all this. He talks about business lessons and the Spiritual growth he experienced as a result of losing everything he thought he was to do.

I found the book almost impossible to put down and the last few chapters are very moving. This is a must read for any VeggieTales fan who wants the inside scope on what really happened to their favorite Veggies.
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8994f1c8) out of 5 stars Part Spiritual Journey, Part Business Management 19 Feb. 2007
By James Drury - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I first thought this would be a book entirely about Big Idea Productions, the company Phil founded to make VeggieTales videos. That's true, but there's so much more. Me, Myself, and Bob is the story of Phil and the dream he had to be busy for God.

Phil's story is classic for entrepreneurs of our age and temper. His initial struggle just to earn enough to eat, followed by rapid growth and profit, only to fail via bankruptcy. You can read this book like a classic case of business management, for the lesson learned is timeless. You can't just say "this one thing" caused Big Idea to fail, nor can you say "it's all this person's fault." There were several factors involved. Phil doesn't point fingers at his staff - he hired them after all. No, Phil accepts the blame himself. He does point out the errors that were made by everyone but still manages to bring them all back to himself and his own personal decisions.

You can also read this as the spiritual journey of one man and his search for purpose, acceptance, and ultimately, his search for God.

The book is far stronger as a spiritual journey than as a case study of business management but that's to be expected from a man devoted to telling Biblical stories with talking vegetables.

Fans of Big Idea and VeggieTales will appreciate the inside look at the company and background story for Phil Vischer.
15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x89e957d4) out of 5 stars Fun and Easy Read but Powerful Story. 13 Feb. 2008
By Frank D. Nicodem III - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
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.
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