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God Made Me Do It: True Stories of the Worst Advice the Lord Has Ever Given His Followers Paperback – March 1, 2010

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"No one likes taking responsibility for idiotic decisions, but Bizarre writer, Hartzman, proves the deluded won't think twice about putting God in the frame. Killing the wife over dirty dishes, invading Iraq, and DIY operations have all been laid at the big man's door. The moral of the story? It's all His fault. " - Bizarre Magazine

"A dash of morbidity and a good helping of irony - biblically speaking, it sounds like something God would find funny.


" - The Boston Phoenix

"The phrase "God told me to'' is an excuse people offer for all sorts of behavior from harmless pranks to horrendous crimes. It also is the punch line for the funny tales in "God Made Me Do It: True Stories of the Worst Advice the Lord Has Ever Given His Followers'' (Sourcebooks). Author Marc Hartzman is an advertising writer who has produced books about circus sideshow performers and bizarre items sold on eBay. In this new book, his affinity for the zany extends to an entertaining cast of characters, including Bob, who built a life-size Jesus out of toothpicks" - Boston.com

About the Author

According to ABCnews.com, Marc Hartzman is "one of America's leading connoisseurs of the bizarre." He is the author of American Sideshow: An Encyclopedia of History's Most Wondrous and Curiously Strange Performers and Found on eBay: 101 Genuinely Bizarre Items From the World's Online Yard Sale. He lives in New York, NY.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks (March 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1402236077
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402236075
  • Product Dimensions: 7.1 x 5.3 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #762,774 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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According to ABCnews.com, Marc Hartzman is "one of America's leading connoisseurs of the bizarre." His passion for the unusual began at an early age, influenced by Ripley's Believe It Or Not and the annual Guinness Books.

In addition to his books about weird things on eBay, sideshow performers, and unorthodox messages from God, Hartzman is also a Weird News blogger for The Huffington Post (and formerly AOLnews.com) and writes for Bizarre magazine. He is well-known in quirkier circles as the founder, writer, and publisher of Backwash zine -- an award-winning humor magazine that has been exhibited in New York's New Museum for Contemporary Art.

When not writing about life's oddities, Hartzman writes about various goods and services in the advertising industry.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Night Fly on May 20, 2010
Format: Paperback
Just got this, and so far it's great. Sort of the non-death, religion-oriented version of the Darwin Awards. Stupid people do stupid things for different reasons. Sometimes God's one of them.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Hilary Hudgins on June 6, 2013
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The things people do in the name of god are RIDICULOUS. This is a hilarious curation of some of the most asinine "God told me to" tales out there. Loved them all!!!!

Aaand, hope it's not wrong that these wrongdoers were my bathroom book for a while. Thanks for so many laughs in one place, Marc Hartzman!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Scott Dinstell on April 4, 2010
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What makes this book so humorous is that all of the stories are true!
A bunch of the guys detailed in the book probably were just looking for an excuse for their odd or misbehavior but it seems that most actually believe that they received divine inspiration, suggestion or direction.
Books about religion and God may be a delicate topic but this book addresses its tales with intelligence and respect with a good mix of humor and sarcasm. For fans of the Good Book, this is a great book.
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These stories really didn't have much follow through and some were only a couple of paragraphs long… really a compilation of all the dumb stuff people professed to do in the name of their belief system. Some of the stories dated way back in time as well… It wasn't what I thought it was going to be. There were a few laughs.
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Part of a silly gift basket.
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