May 3, 2015

Book Review: Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal by Christopher Moore

Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal by Christopher Moore
The birth of Jesus has been well chronicled, as have his glorious teachings, acts, and divine sacrifice after his thirtieth birthday. But no one knows about the early life of the Son of God, the missing years -- except Biff, the Messiah's best bud, who has been resurrected to tell the story in the divinely hilarious yet heartfelt work "reminiscent of Vonnegut and Douglas Adams" (Philadelphia Inquirer).

Verily, the story Biff has to tell is a miraculous one, filled with remarkable journeys, magic, healings, kung fu, corpse reanimations, demons, and hot babes. Even the considerable wiles and devotion of the Savior's pal may not be enough to divert Joshua from his tragic destiny. But there's no one who loves Josh more - except maybe "Maggie," Mary of Magdala - and Biff isn't about to let his extraordinary pal suffer and ascend without a fight.
This isn't the typical religious book. If it was, I wouldn't haven read it. But I already knew the author, I read a couple of years ago 'The Stupidest Angel: A Heartwarming Tale of Christmas Terror', so I  kind of knew what to expect.

I really liked Lamb. It's funny and sarcastic but beware, you will probably find it disrespectful if you are a very conservative Christian. It's not at all what you would expect to read of the childhood of Jesus. But in a way, it makes him more human, and I liked that. I know it's fiction but it felt more realistic!

Biff was friends with Joshua (Jesus) since both were little kids and he tell us his side of the story, how he accompanied him on a great journey through different lands and religions for him to learn how to be the messiah. It was surprising, sometimes shocking, and yes, it does makes fun of some things but not as insults, it just shows the good, the bad and the ridiculous of must religions. But I think you will enjoy it, especially if you are relaxed with religion.


8 comments:

  1. I finally got a copy of this one recently - I've wanted to read it for a long time now. I'm glad you enjoyed it!

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  2. It's been a long time since I read this one, but remember really enjoying it as I love Christopher Moore's sense of humor! Glad to hear that you enjoyed it as well!

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    1. It was really funny, I want to keep reading more from this author.

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  3. I remember reading a Christopher Moore book years ago and enjoying it, so I should pick up another one! Sarcasm can be tricky with me though. Sometimes I don't "get it" when I read it like I do when I hear it.
    ~Sara
    Sincerely, Sara

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    1. For me too, sometimes I just don't think it's so funny. But I suppose now I'm more into that type of humor. Thanks for your comment Sara :)

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  4. I read this book a million years ago and I loved!!!! I bought the bible lookalike version. This book breaks my heart because when I was on a second date with this guy I let him borrow the book. Of course I have not seen him or the book since. *shaking head* I think about that book all the time. And I can't remember his name. *sigh* LOL! :)

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    1. That's so sad!! I hate people who doesn't return books...specially when it's a book I really liked!

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