Release Date: May 1, 2018
Genre: Humor / Christianity
About the Book:
With a biting, satirical style reminiscent of The Onion, How to Be a Perfect Christian takes a humorous look at the quirks of cultural Christianity while subtly challenging the reader to search for more than a cultural faith.
Written in the trademark style of The Babylon Bee, this book humorously satirizes cultural Christianity while peppering in subtle challenges to the reader. Through humor and sarcasm (and a handy meter to rank your “holiness” as you progress through the book), readers will be called to find a more biblical understanding of the Christian faith, all while poking fun at the quirks of the modern, American Christian community.
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The Babylon Bee is a well-known Christian satire news site so going in, I knew that I needed to read “How to be a Perfect Christian.” If you’re like me and have grown up in church practically your whole life and bought into dcTalk, kissing dating goodbye, WWJD bracelets, and everything else, then you’ll love this. The authors’ joke about many things that believers say and do and even how it comes across to other people. I mean, it is a book about being superficially perfect and they show how it’s a goal you can achieve. While most of the book is hilarious, many statements they make are completely true and make you stop and think about the motives behind what you say and do. Do I go to church just to go and make an appearance? Do I find myself personally convicted between KJV or an ESV and then attack anyone who doesn’t agree? Do I only have a quiet time with God only to post about it on social media? Is worship only a feeling? Is church supposed to be all about me? Do I expect to serve or be served? Do I expect to grow from the sermon or do I expect some big inspirational to make me feel good instead? This is one of those books that will make you stop and think about your motives as a Christian. It also calls out the modern church on things that need to be called out.
When I first started the book, I was only going to start a chapter or two, but then I found myself reading the entire thing in one sitting. So expect a quick, fast-paced read and full-blown laughter that will cause people to stare at you and wonder what’s so funny.
For parents, the book is squeaky clean, but the authors’ do use the words “heck” and “damn” quite a bit. This is mostly sarcastic, but they do share the Gospel in a casual way and refer to God as “our homeboy” so be discerning as you read.
Highly recommended for those are believers high school aged and up and know how to discern joke from the truth. This is also meant for people who can take a joke and even laugh at themselves. I wouldn’t recommend this for a new believer or a non-Christian because this might be confusing. This would also make a great gift for your loved ones.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher for my honest review, which I have given. I was not required to write a positive review and have not been compensated for it in any way. All opinions expressed are my own.
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About The Babylon Bee:
The Babylon Bee is the most popular Christian satire website, with more than 300,000 Facebook fans, and over 70,000 visitors to the website daily. They are a trusted voice in humor across a wide range of modern Christians.