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There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. Perfect gift for any skeptic. In those days, I rejected all traditional presentations of Christianity-I sure would have welcomed the way these issues are handled in Penguins.
What a fun way to approach thinking about God! A great gift for any skeptic or doubter.
Great also for Christians who will enjoy a fresh presentation of the faith. I loved this book! A lighthearted approach to some serious topics, this little book was not what I had expected. I was a bit disappointed. However, I can see how John Shore's humerous "voice of God" may be the perfect vehicle for communicating with readers who have tired of or never picked up conventional books about Christianity.
Overall, the themes of compassion, acceptance, and inclusion paint Christianity in a fresh and hopeful light. One person found this helpful. I've now finished most of it It's an excellent literary idea -- write from the view of God "using" the human author to write it Now, I'm ALL about irreverent humor, however, I got the uncomfortable feeling that the author was trying too hard to be hip, or shocking, or to somehow sneak past the defenses of "seekers" or even atheists, as if they wouldn't notice, to land a punch.
Sure, there were plenty of times I guffawed. At times, I rolled my eyes.
The result is the delightfully profound "'Penguins, Pain and the Whole Shebang: Why I Do the Things I Do,' by God (as told to John Shore)," in which God (who. Sven said: This book is not what you'd call reverent in the sense of seriousness and Penguins, Pain and the Whole Shebang: Why I Do the Things I Do John Shore God answers several questions often asked in the section "Being.
At other times, I groaned. And, there were times I cringed.
Such as having "God" make an Austin Powers joke about how He mimicked Austin Powers for a while, and the angels tried to sing praise songs using the word "shagalicious". Such as God saying, "you can do any Me-damned thing you want. I really didn't have all that much to do but hang around anyway. I was just killing time. Oh, don't I just slay you? Cuz I sure do me.
There ARE times when it's both humorous and insightful -- but those particular passages strike me as somewhat degrading. No one has to do much of anything. But the reason so many people keep choosing to go to church is as simple a it gets: They know that they can't have a relationship with me if they don't ever come over to my house.
It's just that simple. Church is my home, you know; that really is where I hang out. You get hints and intimations of me in your everyday life, for sure - but at church you get a huge honkin' helping of me.
Major bang for your buck. I go where people pray, see?
And a lot of people do a lot of praying at church. I'm in the wood at church. I'm in the carpet. I'm in the pews. I'm in the air there. God, the author, reveals a playful, humorous, and joyful attitude toward creation, and in particular, to humanity. God answers several questions often asked in the section "Being Objectionable", which is most of the book. These include "If you really exist, why don't you prove it? I can buy This book is not what you'd call "reverent" in the sense of seriousness and "liturgically correct" language.
I can buy God's summary of what's been taught over the centuries: This is a very quick read and worth a look. Jan 01, April rated it really liked it.
Not sure how well this book would be received by someone who doesn't already believe the argument it sets out to make, but it is thought provoking, amusing, pretty good read. Not complete in it's theology but what is? I read it in one sitting. Sep 28, Lynne Holly rated it it was amazing. Very humorous and down to earth. It's very difficult to argue with Mr. This book provided practical, down to earth easy to understand answers to difficult questions we all have about God in a non-preachy, very loving way.
Jul 09, Daryl Sterling rated it really liked it Shelves: A funny, perspective-widening read! Sep 03, Ann rated it really liked it.
Had some good points to ponder Oct 03, Linda rated it really liked it. Fun and light yet really made me do some thinking about my faith. I liked it a lot. Heather rated it liked it May 19, Also, this week Crosswalk published an excerpt from the introduction of Midlife, which you can read here. Finally, I found out this week I'll soon be getting a decent little royalty check from the German edition of Penguins, which apparently is doing pretty well. That's nice to find out. And there you have it. Not much, as I say.