The Cultural Arsonist’s Literal Reading of the Bible
Joe Wenke
Trans Über LLC
Pub Date: Oct 1 2012
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Why did God turn Lot’s wife into a pillar of salt? Were there no other seasonings available? Why don’t we know anything about the early years of Jesus? Did someone lose his baby book? Who reported the desert encounter between Jesus and Satan? Jesus-or Satan?  And why does the Holy Spirit like to show up as a bird?As irreverent as the musical The Book of Mormon, Joe Wenke’s YOU GOT TO BE KIDDING: The Cultural Arsonist’s Literal Reading of the Bible is an engaging, provocative and hilarious investigation into the bestselling book of all time.  Written to “cause trouble” cultural arsonist Wenke, a keen observer of human gullibility, tempts readers to more closely examine the stories they think they know about the Bible.

Drawing upon the same pool of incendiary and cerebral humor as Bill Maher, Jon Stewart and the late, great George Carlin, YOU GOT TO BE KIDDING is a call for humor to restore our sanity and our ability to think for ourselves.  Just as it was written in the Bible-or was it?

Joe Wenke was born the oldest of eleven children in a strict Catholic family in South Philadelphia and attended a long line of Catholic schools including the University of Notre Dame where he received a B.A. in English. He received an M.A. in English from Penn State and a Ph.D. in English from the University of Connecticut. A former corporate speechwriter, he is the owner of a leading event marketing company.

My Review:

Oh my!  This is very funny, as long as you are not that devoted to the bible.  Joe turns everything on its head and makes it a really interesting read.

Each and every story the Bible contains has been turned on its head and reduced to a basic premise that contains none of the metaphor we usually read.  Taken at its most literal, the stories of the Bible look like comedy skits on the hands of Joe Wenke.

This made me laugh, but gasp at the retelling of the Bible.  If you are not precious about your take on God, then you may find this a funny, little read.  A last minute word of recommendation – do not read this to someone who has lived with the Bible all of their lives.  I did this and got some very ‘interesting’ looks!

My Rating:

4 Hail Mary’s out of 5