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Evangellyfish Hardcover – January 31, 2012
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"Scathing....Insightful....Hilarious...." --Tim Challies, Author and Book Reviewer, Challies.com
"Wilson's almost medical precision with the human soul makes Evangellyfish a fantastic read." --The American Conservative (May 2012)
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Wilson's own pastoral experience, and subsequent knowledge of human nature, enable him to craft characters who accurately and damningly model the psychology of sin. Certain parts were definitely close to home and uncomfortable; I know some of these people, and on occasion *am* some of these people. But while the characters are sinful and self-destructing, the story doesn't end with their need for grace, but continues to the hope of restoration. After the train wreck, there is reconstruction.
Evangellyfish's style is fresh and riotous; not just a few strained, obvious witticisms, but sustained hilarity. Wilson employs a great vocabulary, with Lord of the Rings references, phrases like "a sad, pastoral smile," and words like "foofyness."
Recommended for anyone (especially evangelicals) who would benefit from an example of how Christians can expose their own weaknesses with devastating wit, and offer a practical doctrine of grace as the solution.
Sample quote: "God was supposed to judge you for things you did, not for things you didn't. And he was supposed to do it at the end of the world, not in the middle of your damn...in the middle of your life." (p. 35)
Evangellyfish is a hilarious (in the true Doug Wilson tongue-in-cheek fashion) look at the modern evangelical church. The book tells the story of the pastor of a megachurch who is caught up in a sex scandal which may or may not actually be true. Parallel to this and providing his commentary is a pastor of a small country church who fits the bill nicely for a modern day Pharisee. The following exchange between the megachurch pastor (Chad) and the Pharisee (John) highlights their interplay perfectly.
Chad was grinning at him with his puffy cheeks and bloodshot eyes. "I knew you'd come," he said, "Guys like you have to come. The better-than-you boys always come. Like the ambulance." Pg. 200
This story by itself, these types of exchanges and Wilson's sense humor make the book a worthy read, however it is the issues that the author is exploring on a deeper level that help this novel to stand out from the rest. This book is written in such a way that whether you are the Pharisee or the Immoral Deist you will squirm as it forces both types too look deeper into the consequences of and reasoning behind their actions.
"After they were seated, Michelle folded her hands together and said, "Girls, we need to talk through these issues concerning your father because we really need each other. I know we have the inner resources to get through this." Her facial expressions and cadences were just like Oprah..." Pg. 105
My recommendation, pick it up today it will no doubt have you chuckling and squirming from the start.
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Douglas Wilson is aping Christopher Buckley here, and while Evangellyfish tries for the zany plot of one of a splendid Buckley novel, it's not quite as deliciously satirical. The story is pleasant enough and goes down easily. Some of the metaphors are good. The exposure of the character's motives felt real; Wilson has a pastor's gift for looking through people to see what motivates them.
What took me out of the book completely was how predictable the book was to readers familiar with the author's idiosyncrasies. The book bills itself as dangerous and edgy, but it came across to me as par for the Wilson course. Pop quiz: which pastor lives like a hypocrite, full of deceit and sexual sin: the mega-church pastor or the Reformed pastor? Of course the mega-church pastor! What sin does the youth pastor struggle with? Of course sexual sin! Which female character villainously manufactures a campaign of vicious slander: the reporter, the secretary, or the midwife? Of course the midwife! After all, she's already guilty of near-manslaughter just for having babies outside the hospital (at least according to the book!). To anyone familiar with Douglas Wilson, none of these caricatures are surprising.
The book has its moments; some scenes are very funny.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very honest look at how some Christians handle scandals in the church. I found it refreshing as well to look at the path of Camel Creek in the book and see a spot-on comparison to... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Sandra H. Rosser
This was a good book to read. You have to pay attention though because every other line there's a joke hidden there. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Jim
Gracious and sarcastic, biting and redemptive. Douglas Wilson is a clever writer, an admirer of G.K. Chesterton and it shows.Published 24 months ago by Peregrine Plover
This is an interesting story about forgiveness, but it is a little heavy handed on trying to be clever with words. Read morePublished on December 29, 2013 by Jennifer W. Shullih
There's not enough good satire about Evangelicalism going around, at least, not that I'm aware of. This is the best kind. Read morePublished on November 19, 2013 by Garrett M Lee
Well written on how we respond as Christians. Number of twist and turns that causes me to not put the book down.Published on November 12, 2013 by Mark Miller
I was so looking forward to reading this book. I heard about it, read the jacket and the recommendations and checked it out from my library. Read morePublished on September 30, 2013 by Diana
Moliere said "the duty of comedy is to correct men by amusing them." Apparently, if quote sites are to be trusted, he went on to say, "as the purpose of comedy is to correct the... Read morePublished on September 21, 2013 by D Glover