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Beam Me Up, Jesus: A Heathen's Guide to the Rapture
by Jim Gerard
The wildly funny response to the Left Behind series, Beam Me Up, Jesus will help the reader navigate their way through born-again America, with tips on how to avoid being Left Behind, how to protect oneself against demonic locusts, and how to find a guide to class-action suits and post-Rapture therapy.
Paperback, 256 pages
Published May 16th 2007 by Nation Books
(first published May 15th 2007)
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I should have read the description of the author: "Jim Gerrard is (a)...stand-up comic." Thsi book is really hafl-smart, half stupid jokes and all bad. Many times, a paragraph will start out serious and I think I'm going to learn something but then he it turns into a bad joke. F'rinstance, "To Boil down Revelation, it's God going postal on the unrepentant and an awful wicked beast ruling the whole world while flipping God the bird." And all of the jokes are bad. At least all of the jokes in the ...more
Dec 06, 2007 Katharine Grubb rated it liked it
Recommends it for: heathens! with a sense of humor about it
Funny. Pretty politically charged, which is too bad because the book will end up dated in just a few years time. Granted, he pokes fun at liberals and conservatives fairly equally. There are a lot of pop culture jabs- some which I really didn't get. All in all, I laughed a lot. There were several parts I skipped beacuse the jokes were beat to death though. I don't know much about what others think of "Rapture" and I learned that people are stupider than I thought. Just when I think this world is ...more
What the believers think is going to happen to us after the Rapture. First he goes through a history of the Rapture; It wasn’t in the original text, John thought it up later in commentary. Then he goes through what might happen and how funny it will be when pilots see naked people just floating up to heaven while the pilot is trying to navigate a plane.
I mostly just scanned this rather than reading it. Mostly not all that funny, but a few laugh out loud moments. I just love it when someone points out the idiocy of certain religious beliefs that people haven't examined carefully.
this book started out with some potential then got stupid. he tried to hard to be funny and the whole thing was just dumb. i chuckled at a couple of parts, but for the most part i was just waiting for the book to be over. thoroughly disappointing.
This book showed a lot of promise. It was fascinating, but at times I feel like the author got carried away with some kind of hokey creative comedy writing. Plus, despite not being religious, I kind of felt wicked reading it. It is informative and amusing, but I wouldn't rush out and buy it.