Good Book: The Bizarre, Hilarious, Disturbing, Marvelous, and Inspiring Things I Learned When I Read Every Single Word of the Bible

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Harper Collins, Oct 6, 2009 - Religion - 352 pages
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“Hilarious. . . . It’s Cliff Notes for Scripture—screenplay by Plotz, story by God. . . . In the end, though, the book is made by the spirit of the writer.” — The New York Times Book Review

“Like the Bible itself, Good Book contains multitudes—it is by turns thought-provoking, funny, enlightening and moving.” — A. J. Jacobs, author of The Year of Living Biblically

“Plotz is a genius writer.” — Franklin Foer, author of How Soccer Explains the World

A whip-smart, laugh-out-loud tour through the most important book in the world, a book most people have never read: the Bible.

 

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User Review  - kerns222 - LibraryThing

They should replace the hotel bibles with this version, maybe put it in the john--it's great for a quick dip into old stories, ones you heard as a kid in bible school, but here with the real scoop ... Read full review

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User Review  - knightlight777 - LibraryThing

David Plotz's take on his first complete reading of the Old Testament is both entertaining and thought provoking. Like myself most people probably have not read the Bible in this way and as Plotz ... Read full review

Contents

In the Beginning
1
Gods First Try
7
Let My Complaining Whining NoGoodnik People Go
35
Lovers and Lepers
55
The Source of All Jewish Comedy
69
The Bibles Fifth Beatle
85
Why So Many Bible Hookers?
99
The Meathead and the LeftHanded Assassin
109
All Those Books Youve Never Heard Of Plus Jonah and the Whale
219
150 Short Poems about God
229
Chicken Soup for the Hebrew Soul
241
Gods Bad Bet
247
Hot and Holy
259
My Favorite Bible Story
265
Bible Books for Rock Stars
269
The First Miss Universe Pageant
275

The Bibles Bill Clinton
123
Gods Favorite King
139
Kings of Pain
151
The End of Israel
167
Digging the Bible
177
The Jesus Preview
189
The Prophet and the Lustful SheCamel
201
Gods WholeGrain Hippie Prophet
209
Nice Pussycat
283
Coming Home
289
Return of the Kings
295
Should You Read the Bible?
299
Useful and Not So Useful Bible Lists
307
Acknowledgments
321
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About the author (2009)

David Plotz is the editor of Slate. He has written for The New York Times Magazine, Harper's, Rolling Stone, The New Republic, The Washington Post, and GQ, and is the author of The Genius Factory: The Curious History of the Nobel Prize Sperm Bank. He won the National Press Club's Hume Award for political journalism and has been a National Magazine Award finalist. He lives with his wife, the journalist Hanna Rosin, and their children in Washington, D.C.

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