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The Story of God Audiobook

The Story of God: A Biblical Comedy about Love (and Hate)

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Publisher's Summary

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

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    Dave A 11-20-15
    Dave A 11-20-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Ever Wonder What God Was Thinking?"

    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.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    shadowmason minneapolis, mn 05-14-16
    shadowmason minneapolis, mn 05-14-16 Member Since 2011
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    "Liberal but this Book was Hair Raising"

    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. :)

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Mr Blue 11-23-15
    Mr Blue 11-23-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Hilarious unique take on the old time story"

    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.

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    Josh Keith 04-27-16
    Josh Keith 04-27-16
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    "Fun but monotonous"

    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

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    Kirlain 04-22-16
    Kirlain 04-22-16
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    "Funny!!!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    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.


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

    No.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    No.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Chris 12-30-15
    Chris 12-30-15
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    "Funny. Reminds us to not take life too seriously. "

    It turns out god is a bit of a dick. Who knew? Such fun. Ok.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 12-02-15 Member Since 2015
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    "the funniest thing I have ever listened to!"

    I loves this book. I read it in print first, then listened to it. So amazingly well told.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Shaun 11-26-16
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    "almost as funny as the Bible!"

    The only difference between this and the Bible, is that this tries to humanize God.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Rainfly_X 11-23-16
    Rainfly_X 11-23-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Interesting observations and perspective"

    Unfortunately had to omit a lot for brevity. Some plot holes come from this instead of from the original material. Overall, a powerful portrayal of God as a pitiable tyrant - something that would have been impossible for me to enjoy as a Christian, but very worthwhile and enjoyable to me now as a free thinker.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    MagSwag 11-14-16
    MagSwag 11-14-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Are you serious?"

    I no longer listen to anybody's reviews because when people used to say something crazy we would say are you smoking crack? But nowadays it seems like people that smoke crack Say smarter things than the ones that don't smoke crack or enough of it! Come on "paid-off" reviewers go buy a paint by number kids and do something else then waste other people's time reading your bullsh*t that makes no sense. Most of the reviews on here I've read are unbelievably wrongfully biased and I would Asked them "have you not smoked enough crack?"
    This book sucked! Come on folks !!

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    8/29/16
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    "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!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • MR DAVID R TUCKER
    7/28/16
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    "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.

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    "Fabulous"
    Would you listen to The Story of God again? Why?

    Yes, this book had me laughing out loud from start to finish


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The Devil, he was the only sane one in the book!


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    I enjoyed all of them so it would be unfair to make me choose


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    no


    Any additional comments?

    What a wonderful, wonderful funny book - I look forward to more from this author.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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