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How to Be a Perfect Christian

Length: 4 hrs and 7 mins
Categories: Comedy, Other
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Summary

With a biting, satirical style reminiscent of The Onion, How to Be a Perfect Christian takes a humorous look at the quirks of cultural Christianity while subtly challenging the listener to search for more than a cultural faith.

Written in the trademark style of The Babylon Bee, this book humorously satirizes cultural Christianity while peppering in subtle challenges to the listener. Through humor and sarcasm (and a handy meter to rank your "holiness" as you progress through the audiobook), listeners will be called to find a more biblical understanding of the Christian faith, all while poking fun at the quirks of the modern, American Christian community.

Includes a bonus PDF with The Holiness Tracker, a Christian Coloring Page, and a Social Media Post example

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2018 The Babylon Bee, LLC (P)2018 Random House Audio

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"I love the Babylon Bee, whose authors are the Jonathan Swift of our era. I'm rarely sure whether to laugh or cry. The only time I wasn't giggling in this book was when I was wincing from a well-placed poke. What makes their stuff my favorite, however, is that it never degrades into cynical. It's clear that behind their snarky humor is something they genuinely love: the church." (J. D. Greear, author of Not God Enough: Why Your Small God Leads to Big Problems and Stop Asking Jesus into Your Heart: How to Know for Sure You Are Saved)

"Forget love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control! Perfection is so much better than the fruit of the Spirit. And, as the Babylon Bee's How to Be a Perfect Christian shows, it's a lot easier too." (Karen Swallow Prior, author of Booked: Literature in the Soul of Me and Fierce Convictions: The Extraordinary Life of Hannah More - Poet, Reformer Abolitionist)

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Not the same quality as the Bee

Please don't get me wrong - I absolutely LOVE the Babylon Bee - but this book just isn't as funny as their many excellent satirical news articles.

Unlike the Bee which pokes fun at all sides of the Christian spectrum this book focusses almost solely on the "modern" church denominations and charts how you can have a me-centred Christianity. This means that it gets quite repetitive and by the end of Chapter 4 I was a bit bored. I only finished it so I could write a fair review.

Yes, there were a few "laugh out loud" moments (for me, the Christianese and the KJV jokes did it for me) but mostly it felt like it was padding out what they had funny to meet the requirements of the publishers book page count. Hence, their short snappy satirical news articles are much funny as you get the impact without the drone.

The funniest Christian humour books I've read so far are the church curmudgeon and the not the parables. (I'll update this as I read more).

For the performance, the man's voice is way too s-l-o-w. The woman's voice is ok though.

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  • Logan G.
  • 05-05-19

I Know, I know it’s a joke...

I know this audio book is meant to be a joke but I’m sorry, at no point do I think(even as a joke) is it ok to call the Bible false or wrong. I only listened enough to hear the readers(as a joke) call the Apostle Paul’s writing untrue....Enough said.

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  • Christine K.
  • 14-05-18

Mercilessly entertaining

This book had me laughing out loud. The writing is extremely well done, and there are dozens of great funny zingers to quote. The one "flaw" is that it isn't internally consistent. However, the reason is that they're making fun of those on all sides. They're merciless, but they make you think. I certainly could see a bit of myself in some points (if not my intentions, certainly how I could be viewed), as well as my local church and other churches I've visited. Like they say, "it's funny because it's true". Note that this probably wouldn't register with those who aren't familiar with church or churches, the Bible, church history, etc. For example, pretty much every reference to the Bible is misquoted on purpose. And if you just hate Christianity and aren't aware that this is actually written for and about Christians, you may find it funny but not grasp it in the spirit in which it is written. If you're a Christian with a great sense of humor and aren't easily offended, this is for you.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-05-18

holy audiobook!

I feel incredibly uplifted and a thousand times more spiritual than before. I had no idea what I was missing, what I was doing wrong, but this really helped me on my way to becoming a perfect Christian. #blessed

p.s. if the authors are reading this, how many holiness points is a review of a book like this worth? Do I have to post it to my Facebook to count?

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  • Gabriel
  • 22-05-19

Overall Hilarious.

Overall a hilarious book. The sarcasm was spot on! Unfortunately it was so comedic because it’s very close to the truth.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-05-19

made me laugh a lot

absolutely great. the satire of this book was definitely what I needed to laugh out loud!

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  • Ricky Giovanetto
  • 24-10-18

Wear Steel-towed Shoes

Be sure to wear steel-towed shoes when you read this offering from the Babylon Bee! Funny? Yes! I often found myself laughing out loud as i journeyed to work in the morning. Anyone who has been deeply steeped in the America's Christian culture will find many opportunities to reflect on their own "church" experience. Only the self-righteous will truly be offended biting satire. Sadly, they occasionally stepped on my toes which says something my own self-righteous attitudes. Don't get me wrong, sin is destructive and displays rebellion against God, but while we (in the church) are relatively good at avoiding and condemning the "big sins," the Babylon Bee tends to go after the more subtle sins we all hide behind (gossip, pride, judging etc). Much too funny. As an young believer I witnessed much of this concerning music. Back then the "church" soundly condemned Christian music with drums and guitars (DEVIL MUSIC was the common name). The music in most churches today makes those early Jesus Music LP's sound like choir music or hymns. If you've been around the block and have a sense of humor - this is quite fun and worth the listen.

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  • Mike
  • 19-10-18

Very funny

Well narrated. I found a large percentage of this book funny. I think the scope could have been a little narrower... It covers a lot of Christan stereotypes. I do recommend it.

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  • Matthew Dehnert
  • 22-08-18

Too far

I enjoy the normal Babylon Bee articles, but this may have too far. I’ll continue to read the articles, but probably not the books.

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  • Bradle
  • 06-08-18

Satire at its best makes you think

Having read Babylon Bee this book fits into that category. Satire that is expressly Christian in nature. It had me howling with delight.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 24-07-18

Exceeded our expectations...

How to Be a Perfect Christian was a delightful read, hitting all the American Christian foibles with thoughtful wit. There are two readers in this audio edition, a man and a woman, and both are simply excellent at their craft. Without giving it away, I'll just say that the end of the book is perfect. Well done, Babylon Bee!