God Is Disappointed in You is for people who would like to read the Bible...if it would just cut to the chase. Stripped of its arcane language and interminable passages, every book of the Bible is condensed down to its core message, in no more than a few pages each.
Written by Mark Russell with cartoons by New Yorker cartoonist Shannon Wheeler, God Is Disappointed in You is a frequently hilarious, often shocking, but always accurate retelling of the Bible, including the parts selectively left out by Sunday School teachers and church sermons.
Irreverent yet faithful, this book is a must-listen for anyone who wants to see past the fog of religious agendas and cultural debates to discover what the Bible really says.
©2011 Mark Russell and Shannon Wheeler (P)2014 Audible Inc.
Special thanks to Sasha, Stacy and Stef for sharing the Audible experience with me and being the best of company during my recovery.
This is an highly inventive and enjoyable way to look at biblical literature. While humorous and irreverent it is also respectful and actually more informative than you would think. I'm recommending this one as both entertainment and a tutorial.
Funny, intellectually stimulating, irreverence on steroids.
When Mary and Joseph realized they had forgotten Jesus back at the Temple.
I liked how he sounded very Jewish.
God is Disappointed in You
The only audio book where upon completion I immediately started again and I bought 10 copies for friends and family. I still read it daily.
I'm Audible's first Editor-at-Large, the host of In Bed with Susie Bright -- and a longtime author, editor, journo, and bookworm. I listen to audio when I'm cooking, playing cards, knitting, going to bed, waking up, driving, and putting other people's kids to bed! My favorite audiobooks, ever, are: "True Grit" and "The Dog of the South."
The story of God's dysfunctional relationship with his chosen people.
"Like most marriages, it was a non-sexual affair, but unlike most marriages, it was anything but snoozy and passionless. God's marriage to the Jews was a tempestuous, rancorous affair."
The deadpan, impeccable comedic timing of James Urbaniac had me literally laughing out loud as I listened.
After years of research and translation to pithy modern language,
the authors point out that although so many people are saturated in Bible stories, few remember the absolute zaniness that goes on inside.
If you love the Bible or you love a good Bible satire, it’s just as satisfying.
Reading from The Beginning, pun intended, I was never able to make it much further than Genesis. Thanks to the authors, and a great performance from the narrator, I was able to finish the Bible in less than six hours. I will be revisiting this one. The trip was enjoyable since the fluff had been meticulously wrung out and replaced with equal parts sarcasm and accuracy. If a reading of the Bible doesn't contain the phrase "tip slip", it's just not worth my time.
This is an easy listen and incredibly enjoyable. Perhaps condensing so far steals a bit of nuance from the stories, but the essence is there and hilarious.
Mad for Westies
A hilarious retelling of the bible, updated for the 21rst century.
Perfect for those of us who have never read the bible, nor had any inclination to.
I was able to enjoy this book for what it is only because I was already educated in the Bible. If you have never studied the Bible, don't start here. The Bible is so much more vast, passionate, and profound than this. The very essence of the word gets completely lost in this hyper condensed story. Also, there is never a need for profanity when you are telling this story, unless you are trying to make it seem funny or cheap. I understand what the author was going for, but in my opinion, he missed the mark.
Family father, neuroscientist, and non-fiction addict.
I once began reading the bible. However, I only got a few chapters beyond genesis before the dull language and pages after pages of genealogy forced my attention away to other things that seemed more relevant, such a fly sitting on the wall. So, when I read the synopsis of “God is disappointed in you” I thought that this book was for me, and I was certainly right.
In his introduction, Mark Russell, assures the reader that, yes, everything in “God is disappointed in you” is indeed in the bible. Russell says that he has merely excluded the excessively boring parts and rephrased conversations so that a modern reader can actually understand the dialogues. I am sure that many people (especially those who praise God) will object to Russell’s presentation, and I have not fact checked any substantial portion of the book, however, in those cases where I have compared God is disappointed in you with the bible (King James version), it gives an accurate account of the stories in the bible.
Even though I knew that the bible was filled with a lot of crazy people doing even more crazy things, the extent of the madness still baffled me. To actually read the stories in the bible confirmed that the bible is certainly no masterpiece. The bible can be compared to the Grimm fairy tales, with all its cruelty and magical stories, only much more boring. Surely, this book cannot have been written by God(!?), and if so, God is a terrible writer, which may not be so strange given that he appears to be occupied with making weird rules and committing genocides left and right...
If I ever stopped reading long enough, I might be able to write. For now though, I'll just keep reading.
Yes I would. If the Bible had originally been written this way, I think we would be much closer to world peace.
All of them.
It made me chuckle and more than a few times go "Ahah, I wondered what that meant"
I have tried several times reading the bible from the beginning and ended up just using it to help me overcome insomnia. (Never made it past Genesis). Even the Bible verses I learned in Sunday School, I understand much better now. I think it's a shame so many religious leaders and pious zealots pick and choose only the verses they can interpret to promote their own narrow minded beliefs and claim it to be The Truth".
"lighthearted but informative, a great listen."
manages to breeze through a difficult topic with irreverence but a sincere desire to simply convey the ideas in a bloody inaccessible tome! well worth a listen. performer just a tad too american for my personal tastes, being a rather dry Brit, but otherwise superb.
"A very good book"
This doesn't attack the bible it simply lets the bible tell its own story, and show itself as flawed, inconsistent and FUNNY This reading had me laughing out loud so many times.
It's also an excellent summary - for anyone wanting a relatively quick understanding of the main stories and characters you can't go far wrong.
Stone pronunciation is a bit iffy but a good job still.
Will put a smile on your face. And a few thoughts in your head.
This book is well written, delivered and informative. The colloquial language had made the content easier to enjoy and even understand.
The narrator made the book so much fun, and was fantastic in audio format.
Witty and charming, a nice approach to breaking down the bible in a fun fashion.
"Found Russell's writing very funny."
Obviously the narrative can become dry in places (it is the Bible after all) but on a whole Russell manages to keep even the dullest passages entertaining and witty. An enjoyable listen!
"The bible in a nutshell"
Mark Russell condenses the bible into short chapters for those who have better things to do than read the actual book. He claims he sought to treat the subject matter as neutrally as possible, but it doesn't take long to figure out what side he falls on. That said, he does it wonderfully and there were times I literally laughed out loud. The old testament gets treated as it deserves, as a series of bronze age shepherds trying to make sense of a world
full of unexplained phenomena. The authour mellows out in the new testament, but then there wasn't as much crazy stuff that went on in that half. The afterword was very interesting as well.
As for the narrator, James did a brilliant job. I prefer the author to read their own books, but that is not always possible. In this case, is wasn't necessary, he really gets the tone of the book and reads accordingly. A true pleasure to listen to.
So glad I got this.
"Funny, beyond words!!"
Yes, this should be on national curriculum
So funny and a real eye opener!
"I knew it!!"
I kinda like God, nice to know there is someone high up who is emotionally changeable similar to my good self. I loved this very cool book!!
"I have never laughed so hard at a book before"
The humor is brilliant. I've never read the Bible and always relied on others telling me bits about the main stories and morals from it.
This book is just a short, sharp, to the point summary. There's no dancing around the point here. The honour is very much needed as without it, just based on the content alone it would send you to sleep. But the delivery style, the humor, the fact it doesn't take itself too seriously, this book is fantastic.
Too many too state here.
The rythem and pace the book is read is great. His comic timing is brilliant and he's got a very nice voice. I would struggle to read it and get the same enjoyment I think.
There's not much moving going on in here. But the thing that surprised me the most is how much killing, death and suffering God orders in the bible. He really is disappointed in us, all of the time. There's no pleasing this guy, like ever.
This book doesn't mock the bible in anyway. You don't need to be religious to read it, and if anything for me I've found it extremely eye opening and beneficial.
"Better as a book"
The clever summarisation of the bible is fun, funny and informative. However this particular book is best enjoyed with the eyes not the ears. You miss out on the cartoons and honestly I found parts of it hard to follow. Was it author commentary or sections of the gospel. I might give the paper version a try but I wish I'd passed on this.
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