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

4.35  ·  Rating details ·  1,904 ratings  ·  364 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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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 ...more
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 can’t 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. It’s beautiful.

Thank you, Phil, for your courage, your honesty, and for sharing your story, even though you didn’t write grown up books. I needed this one. I really did.
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 ha
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! ...more
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.
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 memoir/self-help/how-to- ...more
Aug 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
This memoir could have been a success story, if only he’d 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. It’s 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 that’s no surprise), but he is so willing ...more
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 the si ...more
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 T ...more
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
Porter Sprigg
Jan 18, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: christian, memoir
Way funnier and way more inspiring than I expected it to be. A great story of entertainment, failure, and God’s humbling love.
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
R. G. Nairam
Jul 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own, philosophy
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 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.” - Phil Vischer

The story of the rise, fall, and ultimately l
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 go ...more
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 Phil ...more
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 popula
Feb 04, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Nov 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
“The God who created the universe is enough for us–even without our dreams…God was enough for the martyrs facing lions and fire–even when the lions and the fire won. And God is enough for you.”

I always admired the idea of Veggie Tales much more than its execution. Stories are a powerful means of conveying biblical truth, but in the 90s, much of Christian media was pretty cringe-worthy. This show about CGI veggies wasn’t just mind-blowing technical achievement but it was a genuinely humorous show
Anna Dale
Apr 22, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Well gosh, this book was just a wonderful read for me.

I grew up watching 'Veggietales', 'Jellytelly', and 'What's In the Bible.' It wasn't until I was older, listening to Phil Vischer as a co-host of 'The Holy Post,' that I began to wonder what had happened with Big Idea. Instead of shying away, Phil leans into that story here, and his book reads just as his voice does in any other media, conversational and lighthearted. I related to a lot of his quirks as a childhood animator.

This book takes
Oct 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Who would have thought that a book about talking vegetables would make me cry?

I didn't grow up watching VeggieTales, but for the last few years I've been avidly listening to the podcast Phil co-hosts with Skye Jethani and Christian Taylor, and it's been one of the biggest influences on my spiritual life. I've read one of Skye's books so far (With: Reimagining the Way You Relate to God), which was brilliant, but I didn't expect that Phil's memoir about his business' failure would be just as meani
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 lo
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 boo ...more
Katie Bowman
Jul 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I’m 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 Idea’s rise and fall. You hear often “follow your dreams!” “Dream big” but you don’t hear often “give up dreams and your striving, God is enough.” Phil Vischer’s 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 ...more
Gary Slavens
Feb 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“If you like to talk to tomatoes...” well, who doesn’t?!?
“Me, Myself & Bob” is Phil Vischer’s look back at his life, and the rise and fall of VeggieTales. The book is as funny as you’d 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 doesn’t occur when we’re pursuing impact. It occurs when we’re pursuing God.” Hig
Aug 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
I am not sure how to classify this book, but it is basically about the creation and then loss of Big Idea Productions. Phil Visher is honest about his experiences and the lessons he learned apply to individuals, not just people attempting to run a business. I wanted to read this book but was not expecting to enjoy it or learn so much. It's a quick read with some deep lessons, and I will be recommending it to others. ...more
Alison Koch
Jan 30, 2021 rated it it was amazing
If you grew up as a VeggieTales fanatic as I did this is the book for you. Vischer, creator of VeggieTales, tells his story of how the lovable Bob and Larry came to be and the lessons he learned along the way. Bonus is you will regularly break into song recalling all of the childhood favorite Silly Songs with Larry.
Rachel 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 God’s plans, and vice versa. Trust Him always.
Shelleen Weaver
Aug 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this look inside the Veggietales story. Great advice for any of us who are launching creative projects. Glad I picked it up.
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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.

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