Monday, March 11, 2013

Book review: "Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal" by Christopher Moore

Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal

Can a book be reverent and irreverent at the same time? If so, Chris Moore has pulled it off.

Levi called Biff is Joshua bar Joseph's best friend, traveling companion and stalwart follower. He keeps Josh grounded, and provides comic relief to a life sorely lacking in comedy. The story is engaging and entertaining as it follows the two boys through childhood misadventures and fills in the missing years of Jesus' life with not-entirely-implausible - but highly improbable - adventures.

If you can take your religion with some tongue-in-cheek and a few groaners, this is a fun read. If you can't tolerate a few digs (that includes Christians, Jewish people, Hindus and Buddhists), you might want to look elsewhere. For the rest of us, enjoy Biff and Josh's journey to man/Messiah-hood.

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