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.
July is my month in the rotation; be gentle it's my first month doing this on my own
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.
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.
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.
Family father, neuroscientist, and non-fiction audiobook 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...
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.
While I found this book to be highly irreverent I also found it to be highly funny! It is well written and equally well narrated. It covers books from both the old and New Testament and quite ably if I'm allowed to say so.
I have a few quibbles with some of the stories and a bit of the language used to describe the overall themes of the books. As a minister I found a few inconsistencies with the biblical record in the storytelling but it is mostly accurate with only a few mistakes here and there. Since this is written as a satirical view of the Scriptures is not necessary for her to have an esoteric accuracy.
I recommend this book to those Who are interested in the Bible and are able to laugh at themselves and the foibles of ancient believers as well as modern Christians.
Addicted to audiobooks & podcasts. 5 Stars=I Loved It, 4 Stars=Enjoyed it Thoroughly, 3=Kinda Good, 2=Bad/Boring, 1=Complete Waste of Credit
If sermons were written like this, churches would be filled to capacity on Sundays! This book reminds me of Lamb (by Christopher Moore) which is one of my all time favorites; I loved the way they condensed the books of the bible into hilarious little chunks that even a heathen like me can understand and appreciate. I can't say it gave me a lot of hope for humanity but my outlook was grim to start with so no harm done there. This should be required reading for non-believers just so they know what it is they are not believing in; I know it certainly educated and entertained me. The narration was perfection times 10 - a match made in heaven (pun totally intended). I give this one 5 stars for making me laugh and think at the same time without realizing it. I will be listening to it again the next time I need an attitude adjustment.
As I was just about to turn it off I remembered this guy's disclaimer.... He is only summarizing what is in the bible with his sense of humor...
The Psalms... Omg!!! King David's Greatest Hits Infomercial had me dying!!!
"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!
"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.
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.
"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.
"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!
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