Friday, February 08, 2008

Not quite gospel truth

As you can likely guess from the title, Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal, is not the most scholarly account of the life of Jesus that you will ever read but it might be the most fun!

The angel, Raziel, has resurrected Levi, who is called Biff, to write his version of the Messiah's life.  The angel keeps Biff in a hotel room until he is finished and the duo have a few entertaining discussions along the way, including how much God sounds like James Earl Jones.  
In this novel, Jesus travels to the East and spends time with each of the three wise men who visited him at his birth.  He tries coffee and declares it is OK to eat bacon.  He learns yoga and a form of kung-fu, known here as "Jew-do."  Reading this book, you will finally see how bunnies became associated with Easter!

Moore has intertwined a few thought-provoking ideas with witty humor to make  this an entertaining read.  One of my favorite lessons/hints comes from a scene when Jesus and Biff are studying meditation.  The young Messiah makes the comment that prayer is important but prayer is talking to God, whereas meditation is listening.

Check it out.  It won't change your religion but it will make you smile.


aaron said...

I'm a big fan of Moore's, and while I liked the concept of Lamb, I thought the second half of the book dragged a bit as he seemed to lack ideas how to keep the course he set engaging. Still a decent book, but I enjoyed several others of his much more, including Bloodsucking Fiends (but not its sequel, You Suck), the two set in Pine Grove (Practical Demonkeeping and The Lust Lizard of Melancholy Cove), and Fluke.

LoryKC said...

(I'll admit that I was a little disappointed with the ending of this one but overall it was a fun distraction.)
This is the first of Moore's books that I've read. I'll have to try one of your recommendations. Thanks!