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

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Who doesn't love a good, quasi-heretical fictionalized history of Jesus Christ's childhood BFF, am I right?

Right. I'll preface this by admitting that I'm a preacher's kid, so naturally this book possessed an almost magnetic draw for me - and that, combined with six years of formal theological study, made it impossible for me not to read this. With that being said, this book (Christopher Moore's masterpiece, in my opinion) will truly enrich the lives of anyone who reads it, not just those unnaturally obsessed with religion, so long as they aren't easily offended. But honestly, Moore's portrayal of teen Jesus is kind of sweet, definitely beautiful, and seriously touching. And Biff is one of my all-time favorite characters in fiction (almost on par with Pippi.)

Good for:

  • Smiling
  • Getting lost in a character
  • Getting lost in a story
  • Offending all of your conservative, uptight coworkers
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The birth of Jesus has been well chronicled, as have his glorious teachings, acts, and divine sacrifice after his thirtieth birthday. But no one knows about the early life of the Son of God, the missing years -- except Biff, the Messiah's best bud, who has been resurrected to tell the story in the divinely hilarious yet heartfelt work "reminiscent of Vonnegut and Douglas Adams" (Philadelphia Inquirer).

Verily, the story Biff has to tell is a miraculous one, filled with remarkable journeys, magic, healings, kung fu, corpse reanimations, demons, and hot babes. Even the considerable wiles and devotion of the Savior's pal may not be enough to divert Joshua from his tragic destiny. But there's no one who loves Josh more -- except maybe "Maggie," Mary of Magdala -- and Biff isn't about to let his extraordinary pal suffer and ascend without a fight.

Praise For…

“An instant classic . . . terrific, funny and poignant.
-Rocky Mountain News

“[Moore’s] most ambitious book.”
-East Bay Express

“I haven’t finished reading [LAMB] yet, but I’ve managed to laugh myself to tears on more than one occasion.”
-St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Product Details
ISBN: 9780380813810
ISBN-10: 0380813815
Publisher: William Morrow & Company
Publication Date: May 25th, 2004
Pages: 464
Language: English