Have questions about eBooks? Check out our eBook FAQs. Matt Mikalatos liked Jesus a lot. They shared the same likes, dislikes, beliefs, and opinions. Though Jesus did have better hair. The real Jesus is still out there somewhere. This new edition now contains a discussion guide, an interview with the author, and other bonus features! Previously published as Imaginary Jesus. What would you like to know about this product? Please enter your name, your email and your question regarding the product in the fields below, and we'll answer you in the next hours.
You can unsubscribe at any time. Enter email address. Their gods wax or wane in power depending on the tenacity of those who believe in them. But where American Gods was tightly centered around the lost gods, Imaginary Jesus is all about just one. Imaginary Jesus is actually about countless numbers of the man. While in the cafe, Matt sits reading his bible, hoping that none of the locals notice that it is not Marx, else a one sided debate will open with a definite anti-xtian vibe. Sitting across the table from him is Jesus, who goes everywhere with Matt.
Jesus is one of his best friends, keeping Matt company through out his daily tasks, even helping him get out of parking tickets. A man enters the Red and Black, and though no one else can, he sees Jesus sitting across the table from Matt. Discussions and a high speed car chase down the wrong direction of one way streets ensue.
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You see, the man who can also see Jesus is the Apostle Peter Pete. Pete advises Matt that he is in the company of an impostor, an Imaginary Jesus. In chapter one, it just gets better, as that is all in the prologue chapter zero. The novel follows Matt and Pete as they discuss and search out the real Jesus, so that Matt can meet him for the first time. There is a full cast in this book. Apostles, motorcycle angels, talking donkeys, a couple prostitutes, some Athiests, Mormon missionaries, and more. Aside from those just mentioned, Imaginary deities abound, each in varied levels of power as the populace who follows them may be weak or strong.
These deities are formed together into the Secret Society of Imaginary Jesus-es, working together to continue to exist in the face of reality no, I am not joking. It kept me laughing through out, and even though I am not a religious person, I found it to be well thought out and presented in a fantastic manner. Oct 24, Fred Warren rated it it was amazing.
On this particular day, however, a big, hairy man barges into the coffee shop, full of righteous indignation and smelling of fish. The bogus Jesus bolts, Peter and Matt in hot pursuit. No sacred cow is left un-roasted as the author fires up his satirical grill with a hefty squirt of comedic lighter fluid. Sadly, Matt is us. Matt is me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will find it.
After all the Imaginary Jesuses fall like tenpins and dissolve like smoke, leaving only the real Jesus, Matt poses his question again. Is there a happy ending? You betcha.
In the final analysis, Imaginary Jesus is a personal struggle of faith cloaked in fiction. It also takes a lot of guts to place your doubts, fears, and shortcomings on display in such a public forum, even in caricature. Kudos and thanks to Mr. Mikalatos for doing that and for telling us a fun, creative story along the way. Feb 09, Angela rated it it was amazing. At first glance, this book appears horrifyingly irreverent. The horrifying truth, though, is the irreverence with which we find ourselves inventing Jesus for ourselves, based on what WE need him to be.
There is Free Will Jesus, who refuses to intervene in our lives, leaving our suffering to be the product of our own choices. He requires nothing of us, but this is hardly comforting when we face loss.
St. Ignatius Brianchaninov. "On Prelest".
There is also Meticulous Jesus, who involves himself in every detail of our lives. Reveling in ou At first glance, this book appears horrifyingly irreverent. Reveling in our sorrow because it ultimately glorifies him , this Jesus is powerful and cold. On his journey to find the Real Jesus, Matt encounters every modern-day and a few ancient perceptions of Jesus. He struggles to let go of them because, even as they are insufficient for his praise, he finds them comforting since they expect nothing of him.
The first half of the book is kind of a wild, silly ride.
In Chapter 19, though, you are finally introduced to the sorrow that led Matt to question the true intention of God, and his concern for our worries. Suddenly the book feels heavy, and by then you want to accompany Matt to the end of his journey so that he can finally ask the Real Jesus the most important question of all: "Why? Mar 30, Eric Thompson rated it it was amazing Shelves: gospel , theo-christology. I was given this book by a mutual friend of the author.
I wasn't sure what to make of it at first, but I was hooked by the second page.
C. S. Lewis - Wikiquote
Imaginary Jesus is hilariously funny--one of the funniest books I've read in quite some time--and yet what begins as funny in the end is a sharp satire on America's consumer Christianity and the author's journey toward a more authentic understanding, and worship, of Christ. I personally enjoyed the whirlwind tour of downtown Portland, including many of my own for I was given this book by a mutual friend of the author. I personally enjoyed the whirlwind tour of downtown Portland, including many of my own former haunts I miss Powell's! Portlanders will get an extra bonus through familiarity with the book's real life settings, but one need not be a resident or expat of the Rose City to appreciate Matt's spot-on portrayal of the ways we manufacture "Jesuses" to fit our own image or the perceived needs of a given situation.
Readers will find Imaginary Jesus to be easily readable, captivating, and challenging. You'll probably do as I've done, put your copy in circulation at your church. Feb 23, Eileen rated it really liked it. I'm typically not a fan of Christian literature. The Chronicles of Narnia are an exception.
But I knew this was Christian fiction going into it how can you not from the title? There were passages that made me laugh, some that made me cry, many that made me think, and more I'm typically not a fan of Christian literature. There were passages that made me laugh, some that made me cry, many that made me think, and more than a few that made me wish I could call my mom to discuss the book with her.
So, yeah. I liked it.
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It gave a fresh perspective on one's search for Jesus, and I especially loved the depiction of the multiple types. I'd read this again and recommend it - and that's something I've never said about other Christian lit I've read. I'm a big fan of Jesus and his teachings. I am not, however, a Christian in any organized or individual sense.
Maybe that has something to do with my somewhat minority-report review of this book. From the reviews, I was expecting hilarity. I found it mildly amusing at best at times - boring and tedious at others. I was hoping for something thought-provoking - there was a little of that, but way too little. Came across as too much of a sales pitch to me.
I was hoping for something like Christop I'm a big fan of Jesus and his teachings. I was hoping for something like Christopher Moore's Lamb which I loved and can recommend highly but this is not in that league.
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I won't call it a waste of time though I almost gave up and quit several times , but I'm glad I borrowed it through Lendle rather than paying for it. Mar 30, Deanna Norris rated it it was ok Shelves: did-not-finish. Overall, I like the concept of the book. Also, I think that many of the observations about Christians and their "personal Jesus" is right on target.
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