Tuesday, April 14, 2015

A to Z April: L Reviews - Lamb by Christopher Moore/Left Behind by Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins

Today I have kind of a theme like yesterday, in that both of today's books are somewhat based in religious.  The first one is more of a humorous look at Jesus' life.  The second one is a very dramatic series based more on the book of Revelation in the bible.

First we'll start with the more lighthearted book, Lamb:  The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal by Christopher Moore.  I believe I first heard about this around the time I had become a big fan of Kevin Smith after his movie Dogma.  I enjoyed the more human, if extremely inappropriately humorous look at what Jesus' life might have been like from this kind of viewpoint.  If you've read any other of Moore's books, you'll understand exactly what I'm talking about.  Here is the blurb about it from Goodreads.com:
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.

Second is a series that I picked up and read at a time when I hadn't really been doing much religiously for awhile, the Left Behind series by Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins.  But it was a great series, and got me really thinking about all of it again.  It's also left a lot of thoughts in my head about when things remind me of the end of the world from this books. Things that we see in the news, people that are big in the world in real life, make me think Antichrist based on what I read in this series.  I was able to kind of read past some of the stuff that was not what I was used to in my religious upbringing as just part of the story, and therefore was able to enjoy it as a story more than a bible study type of read.  I do highly recommend the series still, even if you are not religious, again, as a great suspenseful read.  This is a pretty well known series, there were a few made into low budget movies starring Kirk Cameron, and then just recently Nicholas Cage starred ina more big budget version.  I haven't seen the new one yet, but had hoped maybe it would spawn a new interest in making the books into big budget films, since I think they would make great movies.  There are even a few tv shows now that seem to be riding on the coattails of this series.  Here is the blurb from Goodreads if you haven't heard of it:
In one cataclysmic moment, millions around the globe disappear.
Vehicles, suddenly unmanned, careen out of control. People are terror stricken as loved ones vanish before their eyes.

In the midst of global chaos, airline captain Rayford Steele must search for his family, for answers, for truth. As devastating as the disappearances have been, the darkest days may lie ahead.

So, those are my reviews I'm sharing today.  Do you read many religious books?  Have you read either of these?  Have you seen the movies, or do you watch the tv shows?

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