The Bible offers some clues to God's personality - he's alternately been called vindictive and just, bloodthirsty and caring, all-powerful and impotent, capricious and foresighted, and loving and hateful. But no one has ever fully explored why God might be such a figure of contrasts. Nor has anyone ever satisfactorily explained what guides his relationship not just with angels, the devil, and his son, but also with all of creation. Might he be completely misunderstood, a mystery even to himself? Might his behavior and actions toward humankind tell us much more about him than it does about us? Enter the mind of the creator of the universe, travel with him through the heavenly highs and hellish lows of his story, from Genesis to Revelation, to better understand his burdensome journey: being God isn't easy. After hearing his story - at times troubling and tragic but always hilarious in its absurdity and divine in its comedy - you'll never look at a miracle or catastrophe - or at our place in the universe, or God's - the same way again.
©2015 Chris Matheson (P)2015 Pitchstone Publishing
An excellent look into the Bible as a spectator. Chris Matheson takes you on a journey through the mind of Yahweh in a way only a nonbeliever could. What makes God tick? What was he thinking? What is his fascination with male genitals? These questions and many more are waiting in thin humorous romp through the Bible.
Wow... Almost returned it, but as a Hickite Quaker and trying to expand my knowledge and interpretation of the Almighty, I didn't. After all, there are many understandings of God.
What I liked about the book was that it did remind me of stories of the Old Testament, that I enjoyed. But God here is pictured as a bit of a dope and extremely vengeful.
I don't want to ruin it but if you can be open minded, you might like to take a look at this version of God. The performance was terrific.
Also, don't go outside during a thunderstorm, the temptation for God to send a bolt of lightening your way may be too great. :)
A look into the mind of the troubled creator, which helps to explain the inconsistencies of the bible and gods actions.
Liked how the author took a tour of the bible from beginning to end. Bringing up stories and events and spinning them into the narrative.
Only complaint is that it was not long enough. Wish this had been as long as the actual bible (minus the begats). Some of the stories (like Samson) were glossed over. Hope Chris does a series of these with more in depth stories focusing on some of the other characters.
What a wonderful idea for a book! but the narration is monotonous, and the story gets old after the first few chapters. it was hard to sense any overarching story; just the same story told throughout different biblical myths
Yes! It's a funny play on the bible. The conversations between God & Satan are by far the best. The narrator does a fantastic job of conveying sarcasm and emotion.
Aside from the main character and narrator (God/God's thoughts), I would say Satan. He only plays a small role in the story, but the narrator does a fantastic job with him.
It turns out god is a bit of a dick. Who knew? Such fun. Ok.
I don't even know where to start... This has me feeling sorry for the creator of the universe. A captivating yet unexpected perspective, that lets you discover the hidden side of the divine.
I really enjoyed this book from beginning to end. If you're looking for an irreverent story that makes god seem like a size queen with a foreskin complex, this is the book for you. I particularly like how the author brings everything full circle in the epilogue. Awesome!
I listened to you on the thinking atheist podcast and immediately purchased this on audible. I finished it in half a shift! I kept laughing while working and people kept staring at me. In general, this is my exact interpretation of the Bible. Hah!
"A divine comedy"
I loved this story; fun romp through core christian mythology and lots of in jokes for those who follow the apologetics. Mathesons narration is perhaps not five star; but the book is still enjoyable and there remains somthing special about a by the author reading.
His voice is ideal for listening to while sleeping as well, somehow therapeutic!!
"Such a good idea "
Brilliant. Points out lunacy in the Bible story that I had not noticed before. I have read it twice now. Surely this is destined to become a classic. It strikes me that it could be a great antidote to Christian indoctrination of young people. Entertaining and educational.
Yes, this book had me laughing out loud from start to finish
The Devil, he was the only sane one in the book!
I enjoyed all of them so it would be unfair to make me choose
What a wonderful, wonderful funny book - I look forward to more from this author.
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