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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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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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    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.

    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 2010

    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.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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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. ​

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    rick 07-29-14
    rick 07-29-14 Member Since 2011

    Audible has been a lifesaver as I continue to go through the process of physical recovery.

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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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jon 11-26-14
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    "Pathetic"
    What disappointed you about God Is Disappointed in You?

    It is nothing but childish mockery, like a teenager thinking that he understands adults and scoffing at them with ignorant arrogant assumptions about what they are thinking. I expected more intelligence based on the commentary.


    What could Mark Russell and Shannon Wheeler have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    not write it? not pretend that it is more than it is?


    Would you listen to another book narrated by James Urbaniak?

    Probably


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    None


    Any additional comments?

    Perhaps the writer should do some serious homework before writing a book.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jay Friedman Dallas, TX United States 09-19-14
    Jay Friedman Dallas, TX United States 09-19-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Nothing new, not really that funny"
    Would you try another book from Mark Russell and Shannon Wheeler and/or James Urbaniak?

    From the narrator, sure. From the authors, no.


    What could Mark Russell and Shannon Wheeler have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    There is no piercing insight, nor is the commentary all that funny. I've read other books like this that had me laughing out loud. Not that one.


    What about James Urbaniak’s performance did you like?

    Perfect for the tonality the authors intended.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from God Is Disappointed in You?

    It's not a matter of cutting scenes. It's a matter of rewriting it to make it funny without resorting to pure trash talk/cursing to be funny.


    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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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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