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Me, Myself & Bob: A True Story about God, Dreams, and Talking Vegetables

4.29  ·  Rating Details ·  1,034 Ratings  ·  234 Reviews
Larry. Bob. Archibald. These Veggie Tales stars are the most famous vegetables you'll ever eat. Oops, meet. Their antics are known around the world. But so much of the Veggie Tale story hasn't been told. In Me, Myself, and Bob, Phil Vischer, founder of Big Idea and creator of Veggie Tales, gives a behind-the-scenes look at his not-so-funny journey with the loveable veggies ...more
Hardcover, 260 pages
Published January 1st 2007 by Nelson Books
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Sarah
Jul 05, 2016 Sarah rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016-reads
A friend of mine told me about this book and loaned me a copy. Wow! I don't even like Veggie Tales and I was challenged and convicted by this book. I highly reccomend this book
Star Shining Forever
This was both beautiful and heartbreaking. The adventures and the trials, the wins and the losses, the ridicule and the influence, the winning ideas and the dead ends, the small beginnings and the great falls, the triumphs and the failings--the story of Big Idea was resonating, encouraging, devastating and hopeful.

Phil Vischer was a Midwestern guy who wanted to do big things. He was talented, and through hard work he developed and perfected his God-given skills in story telling and moviemaking.
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Lois
Jul 21, 2013 Lois rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow. Absolutely fantastic autobiography about the creator of the VeggieTales. With his usual humor, and unbelievable candor, Phil Vischer describes his life, his dream to create, his struggle to develop his idea, the rise of Big Idea Productions, and the subsequent fall of the empire.

Usually, autobiographies are all about how great they are. Seriously, why would someone write a book about themselves unless they have something profound to say, or to stroke their own ego? What I appreciated about
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Laura
Aug 14, 2008 Laura rated it really liked it
One thing that took me by surprise was how funny the first couple of chapters were, I guess I was thinking that it might be a little depressing, due to the nature of where the company ended up. I had heard bits of and pieces of Phil Vischer's story, but hadn't heard the whole story, and so I was anxious to read this book. This book was inspiring, I was amazed at what really went into Veggie Tales and how it all started to come together, where they got their ideas, it was all so fascinating. I go ...more
Tintinrulz
Aug 20, 2016 Tintinrulz rated it really liked it
"Me, Myself & Bob" is a book by Phil Vischer, the creator of the massively popular VeggieTales. Using his trademark humour, Vischer chronicles the rise and fall of his company Big Idea, from its humble beginnings in the early 90's to its heyday 15 years later. His is an intensely personal story, as much about business as it is about Vischer's life. Unlike the majority of autobiographies out there, this isn't some ego trip, nor is it a simple, moralistic tale. This is Job's story, by way of P ...more
Adam Shields
Jan 28, 2015 Adam Shields rated it it was amazing
Short Review: This is the best memoir I have read in a while. I was, of course, a fan of Veggie Tales before picking up the book. But Phil Vischer's story of the rise and fall of Veggie Tales and his own strengths and weaknesses that lead to that rise and fall and how our blindness to ambition (and mixing ambition with a perceived calling from God) make this book worth reading. The last quarter of the book moves from straight memoir to what he has learned through the process and that is worth th ...more
Nancy Bandusky
Jan 01, 2016 Nancy Bandusky rated it really liked it
This is an autobiography of Phil Vischer with an emphasis on his years with his company, Big Idea, and the hit Veggie Tales.

It's the classic tale of the rise and fall of a wonderful idea when the focus is lost. Phil's willingness to take his share of the responsibility for what went wrong is refreshing. But there is more to it than that. The story is about the need to keep God at the center, not our dreams or our visions.

Phil provides lessons he learned from his circumstances that the reader wil
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C.G.Koens
Apr 05, 2012 C.G.Koens rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2012-book-list
I didn't know what to expect from this book by VeggieTales creator, Phil Vischer. The reviews I read on Amazon before I purchased it were mixed, but overall, positive. I've read so many flops lately, that I was skeptical about giving another unknown book a chance, but I'm SO GLAD that I did! Even if you've never heard of or watched an episode of VeggieTales, there is much to be learned from Phil's story (not to mention the bonus, if you have watched VT, of finding out where Jimmy and Jerry Gourd ...more
Alyssa
Oct 14, 2011 Alyssa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-ebooks
I downloaded a sample of this book months ago after hearing Vischer on the radio (Focus on the Family?). I was completely unaware of all the troubles the Big Idea company had, and when they mentioned his book I knew I wanted to read it.

I am not usually a big fan of biographies, but every now and then the mood strikes me. This particular biography was great for me. It was short(ish) and definitely sweet. Vischer writes with such an ease the reader can't help but be swept along.

The first half of
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Mark
Nov 13, 2010 Mark rated it it was amazing
Just then, something happened that could go down in history as one of those pivotal moments - those providential, existential occurences that hold winthin them the potential to change the course of humanity: My wife walked by. She walked by the spare bedroom, looked in, noticed her husband playing with a computer-generated candy bar, and uttered thos immortal, life-giving words: "You know, moms are going to be mad if you make their kids fall in love with a candy bar."

That's what she said. Divine
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Tim
Oct 07, 2013 Tim rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction
I should scale back how surprised I am at how much I liked this book. Ever since I heard the lyric "We could use him as a footstool or a table to play Scrabble on./We'll beat him up and tie him up and throw him out of Babylon" used to describe Daniel (of Lion's Den fame), I've been hooked on Phil Vischer's Veggie Tales for their clever wit and sound Christian teachings. I wasn't expecting to find the things I loved about the a kids' animated video series in a combination memoir/self-help/how-to- ...more
Joanne
Aug 24, 2009 Joanne rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Joanne by: Chris
Vischer is the creative force behind VeggieTales, which I adore and which tanked as a company shortly after they released Jonah. This is his story of how he got interested in animation, how the company got started, how the company failed, and what he learned through it all. Vischer's over-riding question is: if you're doing what you think God wants you to do, how can God let you fail? The last two chapters are most evocative of this question and Vischer's answer to it.

The book's witty, well-writ
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Susan
Oct 07, 2013 Susan rated it really liked it
My children grew up with VeggieTales and I grew to love them, too. Phil Vischer was clever enough to make his videos appeal to all age groups with his "Monty Python" references and all-around dry sense of humor. My children matured and VeggieTales was replaced. For several years I lost track of Bob and Larry. Phil Vischer came to speak at my church and give his testimony. He spoke about his dream and how it grew beyond his expectations. The dream took over and was taken away from him. The book w ...more
Kristina Seleshanko
Aug 01, 2013 Kristina Seleshanko rated it really liked it
This may seem like a simple memoir of how an ordinary guy created an extraordinary mission and business, but it's also so much more.

Let me begin by saying I think VeggieTales is fine, but I've never been a huge fan. Still, I enjoyed learning more about Vischer and how he went from creating his films in a spare bedroom to how he become the CEO of a hugely successful studio...and then lost it all (by trusting the wrong people - and not paying attention to what God wanted him to do). Throughout, V
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Elizabeth
Jul 22, 2008 Elizabeth rated it really liked it
This is story of the rise and fall of Big Idea Productions, the company behind our beloved VeggieTales, and the lessons its founder Phil Vischer learned from the experience. If you were raised on VeggieTales like me (the "I Can Be Your Friend" song is stuck in my head as I type this) you'll appreciate the references to the creation of familiar characters and plots. If you're new to the world of Bob & Larry, you'll still enjoy the saga of a man building his company and the journey it took him ...more
Mamagrids
Apr 11, 2010 Mamagrids rated it really liked it
This is a fascinating look into the story not only of Phil Vischer's life, but of the rise and fall of Big Idea Productions. It answered a lot of questions for me about how the company got off track, why they drowned the market with Veggie Tales products, and how something that seemed unbelievably successful could come crashing down. You have to read all the way to the end, however, to discover the redemptive lessons which Phil Vischer learns about himself and God's purposes for his life or you ...more
Lori
May 27, 2014 Lori rated it really liked it
Loved reading about how VeggieTales came about and how it fell apart. Mr. Vischer is inspiring. I got bogged down with some of the technical aspects, but other than that loved the book. I hope to be as great of a Christian as he is someday.
Isaac
Oct 02, 2014 Isaac rated it it was amazing
Happy, sad, & Beautiful.

From obscurity to worldwide fame, from child entertainment empire to humble new beginnings - this book has all of the intriguing elements of a Greek tragedy, with all the warm-hearted optimism of a comedy. Many secular novels have attempted the depth of emotion that this book has and pale in the light of this true story, and testimony of God's work in a man's life when all seems to be falling apart.

I believe many from Phil's generation would strongly empathize with hi
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Jocelyn Green
Jul 22, 2016 Jocelyn Green rated it it was amazing
Shelves: memoir
I don't read a lot of autobiographies/memoirs, but since Phil Vischer is frequently a guest in our home (via his What's in the Bible? DVD series) and I've heard him speak at a conference, I snatched this one up as soon as I heard about it. (I know, it's been out for a while. I've been a little disconnected...)

I enjoyed this book immensely. If you've seen any of Phil's work, you can guess that his wit and humor are laced throughout his tale, even though there were some very painful episodes duri
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Bob
Jul 08, 2015 Bob rated it it was amazing
Shelves: christian
This was a perfect read for me. It's a rare book that I really feel like I can enjoy on multiple levels, and this was one, for me.

Background for those who don't know: Phil Vischer is the creator of Veggie Tales. Also for those who don't know: he no longer owns Veggie Tales: he lost his entire company in a bankruptcy settlement and Veggie Tales is currently marketed by the company who bought the rights to the characters. He's still involved as a consultant, but has little actual influence on what
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Lady Kingsbury
Mar 19, 2016 Lady Kingsbury rated it it was amazing
Excellent read esp. if you are an animator or using your creative gifts in media. A lot of lessons on using your gifts and how God works in the midst of pursuing your dreams. If you have a dream, give it to God and let Him make it happen.
Anne
Jun 29, 2014 Anne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've never seen a VeggieTales video. I know I've heard the Silly Song "Where is My Hairbrush?" but I can't remember having seen a single bouncing vegetable character telling a Bible story. But I know the VeggieTale creators are dedicated Christians committed to family entertainment. Who couldn't love 'em?

But what Phil Vischer shares in this book--the dizzying journey from hand-crafting computer animation to building an empire based on having an impact for Christ (impacting young children and mo
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Shelbi
Oct 21, 2014 Shelbi rated it liked it
Like many Christian kids if my generation, I grew up watching VeggieTales on VHS, and eventually, DVD. Still to this day I love the quirky characters and resonating message behind each cartoon. When I first saw this book, I immediately picked it up, solely because Bob the Tomato was on the cover. Although the book was nothing like I was expecting, it couldn't have been more inspiring and uplifting. Me, Myself and Bob is a deep, honest testimonial of a failed dream in the hands of God. As Christi ...more
Anna Catherine
Dec 27, 2015 Anna Catherine rated it it was amazing
Awesome, awesome book. I got it for Christmas and stayed up into the night until I had finished it. I know that this was supposed to be a book about dreams and trusting God, but I read it mostly as a story. I've listened to speeches and podcasts about Mr. Vischer's life, but this finally gave me the whole story. I never fully appreciated how very smart he is. He was constantly inventing new supplies for his movie making. It was very cool to hear about the things he did! It also made me very curi ...more
Caprice
Jan 24, 2016 Caprice rated it it was amazing
It took me too long to finish this. I got caught up in a new business. (Oh the irony) and put off reading it. EYE OPENING. I feel like the direction I was going in just did a 180. I am very happy to have read this. It was interesting, even if some of the technical stuff went over my head. I went in thinking I knew what happened to Phil, and the truth is i was completely wrong. The lessons he shares at the end of the book about how he processed what had REALLY gone wrong were things I didn't even ...more
Lori
Apr 09, 2015 Lori rated it really liked it
"God was enough for the martyrs facing lions and fire - even when the lions and the fire won." I was very impressed with this spiritual memoir, partly a story of the rise and fall of Big Idea and Veggie Tales, partly the story of Phil Vischer's life, but most of all the story of the lessons he learned through his life, his successes, and his failures. His quirky sense of humor shines through the pages of the books, making it an entertaining read that points to important lessons about God and ido ...more
Amytiger
Feb 14, 2016 Amytiger rated it it was amazing
I'm a Christian who thinks she has the next biggest, brightest idea. Ever.
Oh boy. Here we go.
As I wrote down the idea, I struggled with my faith. Doubts flooded me and I pondered what it would be like to just leave the faith. I would never, of course, but what if I did?
I kept on writing because, hey! This can at least help other Christians if God isn't real. At least I'd be making other Christians happy even if the purpose of sharing the gospel, which is the reason for the book, is bogus.
I was s
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Jo
Feb 17, 2015 Jo rated it really liked it
I am a VeggieTale Fan! My kids were past "the kid" stage as Big Idea collapsed - but I always wondered what had happened... More computer graphic information than I knew what to do with... but the journey was compelling, and Phil's ability to "sum up" the lessons for this season of his journey were beautiful... from page 250 we read, "So what's the point?... First, God loves you. Not because of what you can do, or even because of what you can become if you work really, really hard. He loves you ...more
E. G.
Apr 30, 2011 E. G. rated it liked it
I'm a huge fan of VeggieTales, and this autobiography of its creator, Phil Vischer, explains the inception, rise, and fall of its company, Big Idea. I have to admit, I wasn't all that crazy about the book at first. While there were some interesting bits of information (like how he met his wife Lisa, "Larry" voice Mike Nawrocki, and composer Kurt Heinecke), a lot of the first half of the book was filled with technical details that made my eyes glaze over. The author also comes off as a bit whiny ...more
Dale
Jul 07, 2012 Dale rated it it was amazing
Fascinating, insightful, thought-provoking and entertaining.

Much like the original VeggieTales stories, Me, Myself, and Bob: A True Story About God, Dreams, and Talking Vegetables is a well-written story told with lots of humor and with much more depth than you might think.

On one level it's a fascinating story of the rise and fall of a media giant. I was fascinated on that level because I went right along with them - we had VeggieTales videos at our house before we even had kids because we saw
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Phillip Robert Vischer is an American voice actor, puppeteer, writer, animator and songwriter known for creating the animated video series "VeggieTales" with partner and friend Mike Nawrocki.

From 1993 to 2002, Vischer led the company as lead director and writer. In 2003 (after the release of "Jonah") Big Idea went bankrupt, and Vischer sold the company to Classic Media and left the company.

In 2005
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“I am very serious when I say this, beware of your dreams, for dreams make dangerous friends. We all have them—longings for a better life, a healthy child, a happy marriage, rewarding work. But dreams are, I have come to believe, misplaced longings. False lovers. Why? Because God is enough. Just God. And he isn’t “enough” because he can make our dreams come true—no, you’ve got him confused with Santa or Merlin or Oprah. The God who created the universe is enough for us—even without our dreams.” 5 likes
“That little whisper—“You deserve it”—comes, I believe, from the worst part of our sinful natures, the part that always wants another cookie, a bigger house, a nicer TV. I’m pretty sure it’s the same voice that told Hitler he “deserved” Poland.” 0 likes
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