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In the image of Man

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Would you know if a small god paid you a visit?

Would you trust in the least of miracles or believe in the messages that appear out of the blue on your computer screen? What would it take to make you believe?

As the story unfolds, there is an ancient godling adrift in the Universe and he is desperate for believers. This tiny god, who comes to be known as Bob, is small,
Paperback, 1, 266 pages
Published November 29th 2018 by Orchid Imprint
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Mark Schultz
Jan 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This story was fun to read. The novelty of the foundational idea piqued my attention from the start. Who has ever heard of a small god that needed followers to have an existence? Such a unique beginning for a story, I couldn't put it down.
The tone of the book was a pleasure also, it was mild and unassuming for the most part as the small god, Bob, worked hard to improve the life of his two followers in a meaningful way.
I loved the plotting and characterizations; the dialogue was most
Openly Bookish
Jul 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019, booktasters, kindle
If you like outside the box fiction with a spiritual twist, then you might enjoy In The Image Of Man. This book follows the journey of a little invisible god named Bob who starts out as a little spark until an old vendor repair man named Ray calls out, “Bob’s your uncle,” when he survives a car accident. Thus how the little god got the name Bob. This is Bob’s journey on how he learns to be a god and what it means for a god to have faith in those who believe in him.

Bob watches over his first
Divya Mahajan
Jan 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In the Image of Man by Mark Long is a humourous short novel which tracks the journey of a small God from birth to gaining full power and creating miracles. What I loved about this book is that it neither glorifies nor trashes any religion or God but just that a god is about his believers and not blind faith or superstitions, its just about humanity and helping each other. This is a god thaat is so humane so normal that makes mistakes and learns and is not all knowing.
The story is lovely, thought
Pete Cogle
Oct 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Gods have been used for centuries to promote division, distrust and hatred between those who believe and those who do not. Bob isn't a god like that. He's a nice god. He's only a small god with a few followers but he's not there to tell them what to do (or not what to do). All he wants is for people to believe in him and that gives him to power to do amazing things. He is, quite literally, a godsend.

In a time when all around us is a divided society, this is an uplifting novel that brings a smile
Feb 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
A very humorous and witty story about a god named Bob. The story was very touching and sweet. Definitely a enjoyable read, maybe for a weekend or a raining day in! The idea that the little god needs to learn things like love amazes me a very cute story!
Feb 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Yes yes, I wondered what the story was all about when it just begun; 'Where is this author taking us?!' Then the picture became clearer and clearer, great work worth checking out
Scott Powell
Jan 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Very funny and easy to read. Thoroughly enjoyed the book. It was a random purchase after a friend mentioned a character was named after him (Jason) and I’m glad I bought it. I’m looking forward to reading other books by this author.
Jan 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a funny and witty novel about a god named Bob.

It was humorous and well written. You get to follow Bob from a spark to a god on his quest to get more people to believe in him. There is a fun rag tag group of characters amassed at the end.

Not typical humor, but fun nonetheless.
Laura Van Loo
Jan 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The story was gripping from the start and the characters are well written and very relatable. The story was touching and funny at the same time. I love the idea of a God that still needs to learn and that needs humans to survive and safe the earth. I highly recommend this book if you are into funny, gripping, touching, exciting, loving stories
May 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: booktaster
I ran across an interesting article from National Geographic the other day. In it, researchers stated that an early South American civilization developed religious beliefs after the society had a sufficient size to need a moral and ethical structure. In other words, they developed a god “In the Image of Man.”

Mark Long has written a warm, witty and wonderful story about a god, one of many who exist on the Earth. This god is not all powerful and omnipotent, rather it is a mere spark of a being.
Mahmoud Saad
Nov 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
An interesting reading experience, It should be categorized under more than one genre, it has a wonderful track of action, I will recommend it to my friends, thanks for Readers House for this great chance
Sep 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was given this book for free in exchange for an honest review.

What should a god do to fed himself of faith? This is the story of Bob, a god (small g), always present but suddenly concious when some errand faith made him aware. Bob DOES love his believers, all 4 of them, and does all a very (un)omnipotent god can make to make them happy.

I really, really loved this book. The writing is quick, happy, with ocasional dark humour, and that makes the reading experience a very enjoyable one. The topic
Mar 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Disclaimer: I received a free copy for review.

I have never read a book like this. I read a lot, and have since I was a child, so to find a book totally unlike any others is, no pun intended, novel. There are books on how languages come to be, how societies and worlds and customs come to be, how humans themselves came to be. In The Image of Man, however, reveals how, in this busy, exhaust-fumed, computer-wired modern world, a god comes to be, and what He does after that.

“In the Image” is hard to
Wendy Wanner
Feb 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
A humorously written satire about human nature and our belief in religion.

I absolutely loved In the Image of Man. Fun, quirky and easy to read, this novel was a pleasure to read at the end of a long day.

The first few pages jumped very quickly between point-of-views and scenes leaving little time to build an affinity with the characters, but then the omniscient narrator found his voice. I pictured him as a crotchety old man in a bar telling tales over his pint — and boy was I listening!

Once I was
Teresa Valentino
I came across this book quite by accident and am so glad I did! The first thing I noticed was that it had the elusive “narrative voice” that everyone years for. It’s a warm, life-affirming book, which begins embracing the reader right away. I would describe this book as charming, and filled with humor dry enough for a desert.

The number of central characters continues to grow throughout the book, which is something that often confuses me. Not in this case. I understood who the people were and why
Christina Forster
May 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: booktasters
I really didn’t know what to expect from this book but I’m so glad that I decided to give it a chance. This book is unique, fun, a little quirky and thought provoking. I really enjoyed the character development in this book and felt I could easily connect with the main characters especially Mary. A tragic accident leads to the development of Bob, a small God, who slowly begins to have a few followers. It was so funny and neat to see how Bob saw the world and what captivated him. Equally ...more
Martin Eidhammer
Feb 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received this book from the author, free of charge, with no expectation of a positive review.
The idea of this book is somewhat crazy. A little god named Bob who is starting to intervene in the lives of his followers. Nevertheless, the author cleverly makes this crazy idea into an entertaining and enjoyable story. We can read it as such, for pure entertainment. If we look at the story on a deeper level it does say something about man’s relationship with the divine and many of the events in the
Dr. Raye of Sunshine
May 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019-reads
I received this book in exchange for an honest review.

I wasn’t sure what to expect from this book, but I’m glad I picked it up. It’s definitely unlike anything else I’ve ever read before. You get to follow a young God named Bob (and by young I don’t mean he’s new...) on his quest to find followers.

As someone who has very strong beliefs that religion is wholly personal and private, what I appreciated the most about this story is that no religion was shunned or boosted up in the telling of the
His Wife7474
Jan 29, 2019 rated it liked it
The plot of In The Image of Man is well-explained in the book's description. Though I found it difficult to connect to the characters and the story (more my issue than the author's), I appreciated the humor. There are characters who were complete... characters lol. They brought to mind characters one might find in a Monty Python movie (which are also not my type of movie :)). I did enjoy the author's unique take on how Bob, the deity, came to be.

My take away from this story is that Bob just
Laurie McDowell
Mar 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
If you are open to a different and unique conceptualization of deities, Bob is your god. I was charmed by Mr. Long's ideation of this humble god who loves his small band of followers. I did think the story was slow to pick up momentum, but this gave me a chance to become better acquainted with Mary, Mr. Ray Charles, and of course Bob. The author treats all of his characters with tender care, and peppers his tale with gentle humor. The power of belief is the theme throughout. Compassion trumps ...more
Apr 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Bob, a budding god who’s been awakened, performs his first miracle and by doing so gets his first believer. This leaves Bob hungry for more. So how do you make others believe you are a god? Bob finds out that that isn’t an easy task.

I enjoyed this book immensely, especially the parts where the characters had to explain about their “god” and that he speaks to them inside their head. This is such a unique story and pairing it with humor and lovable characters makes this a rare gem. Altogether a
Carrie Weston
Jun 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Carrie by: kiri books
Wow, this book is a captivating mystery of si-fi and religion from the very start!
You follow along the path of the ‘Traveller’ with quizzical interest at the same time as growing a belief in the minor God Bob.
With ‘milk chocolate bar sacrifices’ and ‘words formed from tears,’ it promises a humorous and deeply good read.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and highly recommend it to anyone interested in si-fi and fantasy. Its highly different concept makes it stand out along with its detailed
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Mark Long is a video game designer/producer, New York Times bestselling graphic novel author and screenwriter living in Seattle.