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

4.34  ·  Rating details ·  1,682 ratings  ·  330 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 ...more
Hardcover, 260 pages
Published January 1st 2007 by Nelson Books
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Sarah
Jul 05, 2016 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
Jill Williamson
Oct 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book rocked my heart. It spoke to me as a creator. As an overachiever. As a writer. As a business woman. As a Christian. I cant even tell you how much. If you love VeggieTales, if you struggle with your art and making your dreams come true if you strive. You should read this book. Its beautiful.

Thank you, Phil, for your courage, your honesty, and for sharing your story, even though you didnt write grown up books. I needed this one. I really did.
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Lydia
Feb 17, 2018 rated it liked it
i love 'behind-the-scenes' books This made me want to watch all the veggietales movies over again!
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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Josiah
Can a desire to do great things for God ever lead you astray?

I first heard Phil Vischer speak in the Fall of 2010 and was enthralled by his speech. At the time, I hadn't known anything about the events that forced him out of Big Idea. His main points stuck with me at the time, and while 8 years later many of the specifics had faded out of my memory, I still remembered his speech being memorable.

And so of course, when I realized he'd written a book about the rise and fall of Big Idea, I knew I
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Tim
Jul 28, 2013 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 ...more
Laura
Aug 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
This memoir could have been a success story, if only hed ended it a few chapters earlier. Instead, he told an incredibly humbling story of what it is like to make your dream come true, watch it succeed beyond your wildest dreams, and then, just as quickly, watch it implode spectacularly. Its really a tremendous story of big dreams and big failures and how to rebuild a life afterwards. The writing is a little silly & scattered (he wrote Veggie Tales, so thats no surprise), but he is so ...more
Kristina
Nov 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
While usually marketed as a cross between biography & tv studies & business, in reality this book was a very well-written personal journey of humility. Mr. Vischer, the creator of VeggieTales and the Big Idea production company chronicled his journey from childhood through 2005 with a commendable degree of self-awareness and responsibility. He presented his dreams and successes with honesty and ventured through his failures with dignity and remorse. There was no sugar-coating here, just ...more
Melissa
Nov 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Veggie Tales Fans, 90s Christian kids, those dealing with the loss of a dream
I found this book quite enthralling to begin with, growing up just a bit later than him, I still recall all the archaic technology, and remembering how slow dial up was and how slow our Commodore 64 responded, imagining the dedication it took him as a child to play with the tech was a bit of a nostalgia trip even when the tech became unfamiliar. Plus I "saw" myself mentioned in the book, as the college kid working at a Independent Christian bookstore doing exactly what he said that made Veggie ...more
Lois
Jul 21, 2013 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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Brian Pate
Jan 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle
I read this book because I thought it would make me laugh. And it did. It is a fun memoir by Phil Vischer detailing the rise and fall of his company, Big Idea. Which was a surprise for me because I didn't know Big Idea went bankrupt in 2003.

To be honest, I thought VeggieTales was the creation of Focus on the Family or LifeWay or some other large distributor. I didn't realize it was the dream of one man who wanted to be the next Walt Disney. But it seemed to me Phil was the next Steve Jobs, both
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R. G. Nairam
Jul 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: philosophy, own
re-read from October 9th, 2016, and it's up to 5 stars for you, Phil.

Thank you.
Chuck Ammons
Oct 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Beware of your dreams, for dreams make dangerous friends. We all have themlongings 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 isnt enough because he can make our dreams come trueno, youve got him confused with Santa or Merlin or Oprah. The God who created the universe is enough for us. - Phil Vischer

The story of the rise, fall, and ultimately
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Laura
Apr 03, 2008 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 ...more
Rachel
Feb 08, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wish GoodReads had half stars, I really give this one 3.5 instead of 3.

I loved Veggie Tales so I enjoyed hearing the back story how Bob, Larry, and the whole crew were created.

I enjoyed the author's humor, which he used throughout the book. I felt the middle part of the book dragged a little too much for me, but the author finished the book strong and with some great advice.

My favorite part was when Mr. Vischer talked about how college students were responsible for making Veggie Tales
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Tintinrulz
Dec 29, 2015 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 ...more
Celena
Feb 04, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-leisure
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Katie Bowman
Jul 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Im a VeggieTales fan. I know every word to Silly songs with Larry. So I was excited to dig in and learn the story behind Big Ideas rise and fall. You hear often follow your dreams! Dream big but you dont hear often give up dreams and your striving, God is enough. Phil Vischers story is a story of striving, following your dreams, watching God bless them and then let them crumble all for His glory. READ THIS BOOK!! I could barely put it down and it met me in some of the deepest crevices of my ...more
Kevin Lucia
Apr 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
So, I'm not an animator. I've never owned a media or graphics arts/video company. I've never had a dream of having this big huge impact on the world through writing, like Phil Vischer did with VeggieTales. And I'm certainly not in the same type of position, with my writing mostly a supplement to my income as a teacher.

I am, however, a Christian who is trying to walk that razor's edge between being true to my "voice" and being true to my faith. I have, also, in the last few years, had to let a
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Barb
Aug 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved the VeggieTales videos and 3-2-1 Penguins. Knowing that the book chronicles the "failure" of Big Idea made this book hard to read at times. The ending is not a sad ending, though, because of what God brought out of it. I am a faithful listener The Phil Vischer Podcast which is now called The Holy Post. Through listening to that podcast I have gotten to experience Phil's sense of humor and his depth on important topics of our day, AND I could relate better to what he was saying in the ...more
Gary Slavens
Feb 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you like to talk to tomatoes... well, who doesnt?!?
Me, Myself & Bob is Phil Vischers look back at his life, and the rise and fall of VeggieTales. The book is as funny as youd expect it to be, and genuinely touching, too. Big Idea Productions was huge and influential, and then it was gone. This book explains how that happened, and the lessons that were learned. Like this: The impact God has planned for us doesnt occur when were pursuing impact. It occurs when were pursuing God. Highly
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Rachel Davidson Schmoyer
Apr 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic book.

His life and process he used to create CGI characters so early one was impressive.

He was so honest about his failures that lead to bankruptcy and how Hod redeemed and restored him. His reflection on God and God's work in his life is deep, thoughtful, and inspiring.
Amanda Yamate
Jun 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I finally finished a book! Loved it. Met Phil last October and was so inspired by his story. This is an empowering guide to Christians who are seeking their purpose in life. Our plans are totally not Gods plans, and vice versa. Trust Him always. ...more
Beth Butler
Jul 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A compelling and inspiring story of an ordinary man who happened to create hugely successful children's videos. Honest and truthful about the pain of bankruptcy and moving beyond it. A great story of developing in true faith. One thing that stood out is that through the book Phil never had the reader feeling any pity for him despite the rough events he went through.
Mark
Mar 22, 2008 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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C.G.
Apr 03, 2012 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 ...more
Alyssa
Oct 11, 2011 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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Jocelyn Green
Jul 21, 2016 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
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Adam Shields
Jan 18, 2015 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 ...more
Joanne
Aug 24, 2009 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,
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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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