Beam Me Up, Jesus: A Heathen's Guide to the Rapture and over one million other books are available for Amazon Kindle. Learn more
Qty:1
  • List Price: $14.95
  • Save: $9.47 (63%)
FREE Shipping on orders over $35.
Only 9 left in stock.
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com.
Gift-wrap available.
Beam Me Up, Jesus: A Heat... has been added to your Cart
+ $3.99 shipping
Used: Good | Details
Sold by -Daily Deals-
Condition: Used: Good
Comment: This Book is in Good Condition. Used Copy With Light Amount of Wear. 100% Guaranteed.
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See all 2 images

Beam Me Up, Jesus: A Heathen's Guide to the Rapture Paperback – Bargain Price, May 16, 2007


See all 3 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price New from Used from
Kindle
"Please retry"
Paperback, Bargain Price
"Please retry"
$5.48
$2.99 $1.44

This is a bargain book and quantities are limited. Bargain books are new but could include a small mark from the publisher and an Amazon.com price sticker identifying them as such. Details

Music Biographies, Memoirs & Criticisms
Browse featured books on Joni Mitchell, Jimi Hendrix, the Grateful Dead, and other music legends. Learn more
$5.48 FREE Shipping on orders over $35. Only 9 left in stock. Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. Gift-wrap available.

NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE

Best Books of the Month
Best Books of the Month
Want to know our Editors' picks for the best books of the month? Browse Best Books of the Month, featuring our favorite new books in more than a dozen categories.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Nation Books (May 16, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1568583273
  • ASIN: B001G8WQDE
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 6.8 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,942,459 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

About the Author

Jim Gerard is an author, journalist, and playwright. His book, Celebrity Skin, was published by Avalon in 2002, and his book, Yankees S**K, was published by Chamberlain Bros./Penguin in 2005. Mr. Gerard has written humor for The New Republic, Travel & Leisure, Playboy, Maxim, and Cosmopolitan; features for The Washington Post, Salon, Details, New York Observer; and many other magazines, and has published fiction in The Boston Review and elsewhere. He has performed stand-up comedy in New York clubs such as The Comic Strip, the Duplex, and the Village Gate.

Customer Reviews

A quick & funny read.
Tom NorCal
His facts aren't always right and he misses opportunities to teach as well as to mock.
Jean E. Pouliot
Jim Gerard takes a look at Rapture culture in an incredibly hilarious way.
BlairScott

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

21 of 25 people found the following review helpful By D. Kyne on May 22, 2007
Format: Paperback
If you're one who believes that religion, regardless of its intentions, is largely man made claptrap then this book is for you. The author serves up an absolutely hilarious dismemberment of the whole second coming, end of times, rapture mythology that is metastasizing through large parts of American culture.

If you're a 'believer' on the other hand you will probably not be amused.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
23 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Douglas A. Greenberg VINE VOICE on August 4, 2007
Format: Paperback
No, I'm not a Christian rapture-ist and I actually wanted very much to like this book. After all, the size and influence of the fundamentalist Christian movement in this country are immense, apparently extending all the way into the White House and the Oval Office. I know this is just my own humble opinion, but I find this scary and depressing.

So I do believe that a good, clear, *well-researched* "guide to the Rapture" by a non-believer would be timely and useful to those of us who don't embrace the notion that one day Jesus will issue a call and naked believers' bodies will fly upward toward heaven, etc., not to mention the roles of the "mark of the beast" and the rest of the nonsense contained in the Book of Revelations.

And yes, this book could be humorous, but in my own view, most of the humor would derive naturally from the peculiarity of the doctrines and beliefs that comprise Rapture Christianity. Instead, however, author Jim Gerard has apparently done only a small amount of research and then has embellished his meager findings with a whole lot of kooky commentary and absurdist tangents. It's a kind of Dave Barry-esque treatment, and for me it just did not work. In some places it's actually difficult to differentiate between what is truly strange or funny about the Rapture community and what is merely "schtick" added by Gerard to beef up his chapters and evoke readers' guffaws.

Some people obviously enjoy this type of humor, and hey, more power to 'em. I just found the book to be unacceptably thin on actual material and way, way too long on contrived one-liners.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Michael Santa Maria on June 15, 2007
Format: Paperback
What passes for comedy these days (Will Ferrel vehicles, MTV Prank shows) makes an intelligent comedy lover cringe. Well, cringe no more. Jim Gerard's "Beam Me Up, Jesus" is the real thing. Gerard has an uncanny knack for finding exactly the right set-up for his seemingly neverending supply of punch lines. This book is a wonderful skewering of the evangelical right. I can't think of any single group of people who are simultaneously so self-righteous and so dangerous - and therefore deserving of such rich ridicule.

Jim Gerard has obviously read and been influenced by great humor writers like James Thurber, Woody Allen, and S.J. Perelman. But he is for our times. For all times. And with this book, for the end times as well.

I hope this is just the tip of the iceberg for Gerard. Something tells me there's plenty more where this came from.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Selvaggio on June 4, 2007
Format: Paperback
I just read Beam Me Up in page proofs and I was bowled over. It's a laugh-out-loud Up-Yours! aimed straight at the black heart of the Christian Taliban and all those men and women of faith for whom the "King of Peace" is a semiauto-wielding psychopath and who get their cookies off envisioning of everyone who doesn't agree with them suffering eternal torment. BMUJ proves that humor is the best medicine, especially when the disease is pig-ignorance and a misanthropy so profound that it would gladly see the world go up in flames just for a chance to say "I told you so." I don't know who this Gerard guy is, but if he's got more where Beam Me Up came from I'd say he's got a brilliant future ahead of him.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Michael Immerso on July 9, 2007
Format: Paperback
"Beam Me Up, Jesus" by Jim Gerard is a rapturously funny send-up of the End Times, a user's guide and self-help manual for the Left Behind leaners among us. Gerard surveys a post-Tribulation landscape where 666 is a product branding name and smoke belching horse locusts cramp everyone's dance card. Mr. Gerard wants us to know that the Revelation will be televised and that its corporate sponsors are the same evangelical capitalists who have re-imagined Jesus as a huckster for Deal or No Deal or perhaps Who Wants to Marry my Magdalene. "Beam me Up" is a good old fashion Apocalyptic rant. The book is a must read for those who favor a night at the Algonquin Hotel in the company of the College of Cardinals (or better still, the 1946 Saint Louis Cardinals), Tammy Faye Bakker and John of Patmos. Read it today.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By J. Sherman on May 31, 2007
Format: Paperback
Truly tears-in-your-eyes funny -- hip and smart. A little bit Bill Maher, a little bit Sarah Silverman, but still original and fresh. If Bill O'Reilly sees this, he'll forget all about Rosie and have material for the next 25 "Factors".
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Donna G. on May 1, 2007
Format: Paperback
BEAM ME UP, JESUS is too funny. This book is perfect for anyone who's sick of fundamentalist insanity!
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Nightingale on May 31, 2007
Format: Paperback
If you think religion has held parts of the US captive --as well as many parts of the world, this book is for you.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

Most Recent Customer Reviews


More About the Author

Discover books, learn about writers, read author blogs, and more.

Set up an Amazon Giveaway

Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. Learn more
Beam Me Up, Jesus: A Heathen's Guide to the Rapture
This item: Beam Me Up, Jesus: A Heathen's Guide to the Rapture
Price: $5.48
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com