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God Is Disappointed in You | [Mark Russell, Shannon Wheeler]

God Is Disappointed in You

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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.

Download the accompanying reference guide.

©2011 Mark Russell and Shannon Wheeler (P)2014 Audible Inc.

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    Susie Santa Cruz, CA, United States 08-04-14
    Susie Santa Cruz, CA, United States 08-04-14 Member Since 2012

    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."

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    "Funny as Sin"

    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. ​

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Gang of Four 07-29-14 Member Since 2015

    We've got him outnumbered; hope he can learn to like girly books.

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    "A New Bible"

    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.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Pen Name 03-25-15
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    "I have now read(heard) the Bible."

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    courtney 03-18-15
    courtney 03-18-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Very Fresh and Funny"

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Allen Moody planet earth, solar system 01-24-15
    Allen Moody planet earth, solar system 01-24-15 Member Since 2015

    kanzaguy

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    "The Only Audio Book I Started Again Immediately"
    What made the experience of listening to God Is Disappointed in You the most enjoyable?

    Funny, intellectually stimulating, irreverence on steroids.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of God Is Disappointed in You?

    When Mary and Joseph realized they had forgotten Jesus back at the Temple.


    Have you listened to any of James Urbaniak’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I liked how he sounded very Jewish.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    God is Disappointed in You


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kendall Waterbury, VT, United States 10-12-14
    Kendall Waterbury, VT, United States 10-12-14 Member Since 2014

    Mad for Westies

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    "Hilarious!"
    What did you love best about God Is Disappointed in You?

    A hilarious retelling of the bible, updated for the 21rst century.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Perfect for those of us who have never read the bible, nor had any inclination to.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Neuron Sweden 03-13-15
    Neuron Sweden 03-13-15 Member Since 2014

    Family father, neuroscientist, and non-fiction audiobook addict.

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    "Excellent way to read the bible without having to"

    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...

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Stacy Perry 02-24-15
    Stacy Perry 02-24-15 Member Since 2014
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    "funny and informative"

    I just loved listening to this! it was clever and funny and discussed some of my favorite bible stories while explaining a lot of stuff I didn't understand about this old book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Thomas M. 02-19-15
    Thomas M. 02-19-15
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    "Hilarious"

    Loved every sec of it. Should make it into a movie or miniseries! Animated! This is a music listen.

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    arthur m ball ATLANTA, GA, US 11-13-14
    arthur m ball ATLANTA, GA, US 11-13-14 Member Since 2012

    Don't have time for reading, but audio books let me multi-task. I like that.

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    "The Bible without all the fluff."
    What did you love best about God Is Disappointed in You?

    It's the Bible. The bible has a lot of great stories. It's full of a lot of crazy crap, but very entertaining.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of God Is Disappointed in You?

    It's all good.


    What does James Urbaniak bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He's great. I wish he had narrated more books.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It's a funny book, but that's mostly because people actually live by the bible and this simplifies all the bullshit in that book.


    Any additional comments?

    It's a good book that simplifies the Good Book.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    "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.

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  • Mark Doyle
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    "Entertaining"

    This book is well written, delivered and informative. The colloquial language had made the content easier to enjoy and even understand.

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  • Timea
    12/14/14
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    "Incredible!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of God Is Disappointed in You to be better than the print version?

    The narrator made the book so much fun, and was fantastic in audio format.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Witty and charming, a nice approach to breaking down the bible in a fun fashion.


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