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The Gospel According to a Sitcom Writer

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Maybe Jesus was joking, the disciples didn’t know what they were doing and the New Testament is a lot funnier than you might think.

You would think it weird if someone suddenly ascended into heaven, right? Reading between the lines, do we detect a touch of rivalry between Peter and John? And surely the lack of parables in the latter’s mystical tome is simply crying out to b
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Published June 17th 2021 by SPCK
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Ian
May 05, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Imagine An Evening With James Cary, sitcom writer of the likes of Bluestone 42 with episodes of Miranda, My Hero, and My Family to his name, creator and writer of radio series Think the Unthinkable and lots more. Imagine he's taking a sideways look at Bible stories you know (so well you haven't really thought too much about them). Imagine he throws in some insights on why writing a sitcom about Christians would be a really tricky thing to do, tells a few personal anecdotes and imagine he throws ...more
Bogens Liv
Apr 23, 2021 rated it it was amazing
At first, I would like to thank Netgalley and SPCK for allowing me to review this book. Keep in mind that my review, however, is my true opinion on this book.

James Cary is a sitcom writer for the BBC. And he likes to look at how religion and comedy intersect. And this is what “The gospel according to a sitcom writer” is about.

It is a funny book. But it is also a book about religion. It is an exciting combination. I think you might like it!

“You would think it weird if someone suddenly ascended in
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Angela
Jul 14, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: christian, humour
James Cary is a sitcom writer and he also happens to be a Christian. He is a member of the General Synod and the Archbishop’s Council, so it can be said with certainty that he takes his beliefs seriously. However, this does not mean that he does not find humour in the Bible. He uses his writer’s skills to produce a highly amusing book.

He focuses mainly on John’s Gospel, but also includes parables, Pilgrim’s Progress and A Christmas Carol. He looks at certain situations and stories and then, usin
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Hugh Dunnett
Jun 17, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This is a good book. Not ‘the’ good book of course but it is very good. It is specifically Christian and it is unarguably funny but it is not really a book pointing out the humorous parts of the Bible, no matter what the blurb may say. But equally, it is certainly not written to make fun of the Bible or to pretend that it is a book of jokes. Instead, James Carey is retells certain stories from the Bible in a very human and comedic and, most importantly, believable way. Humour is a big part of wh ...more
Deborah
Sep 16, 2021 rated it really liked it
Well thought out and in places even quite funny.
I enjoyed this book and found it gave new appreciation for some parts of the gospels and their writers. It also covers The Pilgrims Progress to some extent.
Well worth a look.
I was given this book by Netgalley and the publisher. This is my voluntary and impartial review.
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