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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.

Topics: Israel, Parody, Funny, Adventurous, Irreverent, Jesus, Christianity, Friendship, The Bible, and 21st Century

Published: HarperCollins on Oct 13, 2009
ISBN: 9780061798238
List price: $11.14
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Just read the free preview. Sad the whole book is not available. Anyways...what I've read so far....love it! Never mind the historical significance or insignificance ;-) .....love your story writing and your sense of humourread more
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As a Christian, I found this book at times laugh out loud funny and at other times a bit bizarre, but not necessarily offensive. It was thought provoking and very moving, especially at the end.read more
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I thoroughly enjoyed this book because it was provocative in its subject and irreverent in its humor. The thing lacking is any kind of character development. In other words, it is the crazy plot not the sophomoric characters that make this book so interesting.read more
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Just read the free preview. Sad the whole book is not available. Anyways...what I've read so far....love it! Never mind the historical significance or insignificance ;-) .....love your story writing and your sense of humour
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As a Christian, I found this book at times laugh out loud funny and at other times a bit bizarre, but not necessarily offensive. It was thought provoking and very moving, especially at the end.
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I thoroughly enjoyed this book because it was provocative in its subject and irreverent in its humor. The thing lacking is any kind of character development. In other words, it is the crazy plot not the sophomoric characters that make this book so interesting.
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Read this after hearing good things (mostly, that it was hilarious). It had its moments of humour, but I didn't really find it laugh-out-loud funny. I was impressed by the research that Moore clearly did, and I really appreciated the respectful way that he presented Christ as fully man as well as fully God (specifically, not happy at being forbidden from 'knowing' a woman). Probably won't read more Moore, but did rather enjoy reading this. (Oh, and the preface was perfect!)
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Plot: The years of Jesus' life that aren't covered by the Bible. Lots of little quests, some growing up, metaphors and allegories. The book gets a little lost in it at times, with the plots working against the central message. Characters: The expected set, taken on in a very casual and relatively non-religious way. The narrator is not the most interesting of characters, since he's fictional - the Bible set is more intriguing, especially the cameos.Style: It gets too surreal far too quickly. The jokes that really work are the small, down-to-earth ones that take a little detail of the gospels and put a twist on it. The larger scenes simply fall flat because there's no reason why this is something special for these particular characters to do. Writing is solid, though nothing to get excited about.Plus: Some great little scenes and jokes. Minus: It goes far beyond caricature and to a point where the jokes are very, very blunt, and from there on it drags. Summary: It's one of those books that try to deliver a good idea, but don't quite manage because the author doesn't know where to stop. You may need to be religious to find it really funny - being a non-practicing Roman Catholic with solid religious knowledge doesn't guarantee enjoyment.
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One of the best books that I have ever read. I work in a bookstore and have made it my mission to ensure that everyone reads this book. Mr. Moore is just so smart and funny that you can't help but almost wish that his version of Jesus's early life were true - who wouldn't want friends like Biff & Maggie? If you haven't read this - go, now!
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