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The Children's Bible by Joseph A. Grispino
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Sep 18, 13

bookshelves: first-loves, mythopoeikon

an enjoyable introduction to the Bible, if you're into that kind of thing. bogs down a bit during the new testament. the vivid, technicolor illustrations are what have stuck with me over the years; i think they are pretty much the visual template for all of my most memorable dreams. for that, i thank you Golden Children's Bible! i still bring this one down from the shelf from time to time, if only to appreciate the cinematic imagery.

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so mom and dad bought this one for me. i'm not sure why - when i was growing up, dad was an atheist and mom thought God was a floaty energy type being. but it definitely came from the terrible twosome because young mark monday apparently had to sign the nameplate for them:

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i am assuming that "insighned" actually meant "unsigned". must be, right? i'm also sorta disappointed that i neglected to put down an actual date.

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and now here is my current Favorite Awesome Review, brought to you by Moe, for this book right here!

I was curious about Adam and Eve and mom said this book has some awesome stories in it. It's not a book I'm going to read all the way through because it is already making me crazy with all the boring stuff. I read about Creation, Adam and Eve, Cain and Abel, Noah's Ark, and the Tower of Babel. These stories can be good but some are sad. I liked the story of the serpent in the garden the best. I thought the story of Babel was sad because all of these people wanted to make it up all the way to god and actually achieve a goal, but god ruined it for everybody. I would like them all working together. So far, the Christian god isn't very nice in these stories. I thought he was nice, but now he's all "You should do everything my way instead of yours."
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message 27: by K.D. (new)

K.D. Absolutely The Holy Bible, in whatever version, is always fascinating and I am glad that you read and liked this book. I got my introduction to OT via a comic book that my now dead aunt left in our provincial home when I was in elementary school. Now that I am reading the real thing (Revised Standard Version), and need to visualize the scenes, the illustrations from that comic book still get into my mind!


message 26: by karen (new)

karen i have this bible! it is over there!


message 25: by mark (new) - rated it 3 stars

mark monday new york and san francisco have been linked by the power of the Children's Bible!


message 24: by karen (new)

karen mine is not signed, though.


message 23: by Arthur (last edited Sep 18, 2013 08:44PM) (new)

Arthur Graham All I remember about these stories is getting kicked out of Sunday school for hitting on the pastor's daughter.


message 22: by mark (new) - rated it 3 stars

mark monday oh, you.


message 21: by Arthur (last edited Sep 18, 2013 08:53PM) (new)

Arthur Graham It's true -- we weren't welcome after that. I'm sure I was too young to make any kind of proper lewd advance (or perhaps just too young to know any better), but in any case, I'll always associate baby Moses in a basket with super-sexy, ultra-repressed girls a few years my senior.


message 20: by mark (new) - rated it 3 stars

mark monday hmmm.

I will always associate bible study with the second-to-last day of summer bible study. as the bus pulled away, when the girl who had a crush on me all summer yelled out I LOVE YOU MARK! that made me feel great - although I did realize that God didn't actually want the two of us together because I never found her attractive. despite that, I still had such a warm glow after her shout of love that I decided to skip out on the last day so that warm glow would be my memory of summer bible study.


message 19: by karen (new)

karen wow. she probably interpreted your absence differently, you heartbreaker.


message 18: by mark (new) - rated it 3 stars

mark monday eek!


message 17: by karen (new)

karen she is telling this story so differently....


message 16: by mark (new) - rated it 3 stars

mark monday I would like to point out that this is literally the first time that that idea has ever occurred to me and it has been 30 years. oh what monstrous self-absorption!


message 15: by karen (new)

karen tell me all your other stories and i will give you the other-viewpoint.


message 14: by Lisa (new) - rated it 4 stars

Lisa Nerfty! I still have the copy I was given by my parents in 1977. I was 7. It was something I had wanted one for a long time so when I actually got it, I was thrilled. Good times. Now I just want to curl up in bed with it and rock myself to sleep thinking about being a kid again.


message 13: by mark (new) - rated it 3 stars

mark monday watch reality tv instead! at least that's what I'm doing. wait did I just admit that?


julio i had one of these, too. that you scrawled an ex libris on it is charming.

if you need a sycophant, i'll be lusting after you from over there, in the corner, by the tattered remains of your teddy ruxpin.


message 11: by Patrick (new)

Patrick There are so many versions nowadays that you no longer have to read the 2000 year old one. There's a History Channel re-telling of it, a Lego version and hell, I think there's even an anime version


message 10: by mark (new) - rated it 3 stars

mark monday a Lego version!


message 9: by Steve (new)

Steve Sckenda I had that same illustrated bible. :) Your signing the nameplate brought back a long repressed memory. When I was a kid I found my baby book that my mom failed to fill out. I must have looked pretty damn pathetic as a 7-8 year old making up stuff for my own baby book, but I filled that thing with big, block printed lies about how wonderful I was.


message 8: by Whitaker (new)

Whitaker So far, the Christian god isn't very nice in these stories. I thought he was nice, but now he's all "You should do everything my way instead of yours."

Out of the mouths of babes. :-)


mark monday Steve that is an adorable story! you need to substitute "cute" for the word "pathetic" in that sentence.


message 6: by Miriam (new)

Miriam mark wrote: "a Lego version!"

The Brick Testament is fanfuckingtastic! Here's the Tower of Babel (before god ruined things for everybody).




mark monday that is pure awesome


message 4: by Miriam (new)

Miriam Dude's been working on this project for years. I think most of the Bible is now portrayed in Lego.


message 3: by Miriam (new)

Miriam


mark monday genius


message 1: by Miriam (new)

Miriam It's extra fun if you know your Lego because you can look closely and see the specialty sets like Star Wars getting painted over.


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