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The Rev. Mark Francisco Bozzuti-Jones is priest for pastoral care at Trinity Church Wall Street and is a regular retreat facilitator and spiritual director. He leads a weekly discussion group called, “The Gospel, Times, Journal & You.” Born and educated in Kingston, Jamaica, he completed graduate studies at Loyola University, Chicago, the Jesuit School of Theology, Berkeley, the University of San Francisco, and the Weston Jesuit School of Theology, Cambridge, and has served as a missionary in Guyana, Belize, Mexico, and Brazil. Mark is an award-winning author and has published numerous books, including The Womb of Advent (Church Publishing), Never Said a Mumbalin’ Word (Augsburg), The Miter Fits Just Fine: A Biography of Bishop Barbara Harris (Cowley), Informed by Faith (Cowley), Sing the Faith: Spirituals (Augsburg Fortress), and the children’s books, God Created (Augsburg Fortress), God Thought of You (Morehouse), and Jesus the Word (Augsburg).
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  • Paperback: 170 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (March 20, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1469952793
  • ISBN-13: 978-1469952796
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,650,970 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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We vote for President in this country, not God-Emperor. What other world leaders had this kind of godlike (small g) cult of personality? Oh yeah, Stalin, Hitler, Mao. You are known by the company you keep. If I had been disposed to vote for a candidate, any candidate, this kind of fawning, infantile dreck about that candidate would definitely change my mind.
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This is pure and utter blasphemy! I can not contain how much this book offends me and I'm quite sure the author has no theological understanding of Scripture.
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In a word: blasphemy. Not only does the author blaspheme/revile/malign/profane sacred Scripture (cf. Titus 2:5), as evidenced by the title, he also equates a mere man - in this case Barack Obama - to Jesus Christ, the second Person of the Christian Holy Trinity:

"In the year 1961...Barack Hussein Obama was born...The Anointed One was incarnated into this world on August 4, 1961, praises be upon him" [p 2; CAPS in original].

No matter one's political persuasion, we are not to deify any man. There was only one Incarnation of the "Anointed One"; His name is Jesus Christ, the One for whom the real Gospels (good news) in Scripture are named. The above quote is not `merely' one isolated passage; the entire book is filled with this sort of heresy.

The author impiously fashions his book in the form of a Biblical Gospel complete with parables paralleling or approximating the true Gospels', but with Obama as narrator/speaker in place of Jesus; however, he adds bits of BHO's speeches, plus "imagined conversation, and fictional situations" [back cover] to his sacrilegious stew. Bozzuti-Jones' idea here is not even wholly original, for avowed atheist Jose Saramago wrote a book titled `The Gospel of Jesus Christ', in which Saramago reimagined Jesus' life (and those around Him), embellishing some Biblical accounts, while making up others out of whole cloth.

Unless the reader is both well-versed Biblically and well-read regarding Obama's personal life, it will be difficult to ferret out what is true, quasi-true, fictional, or a conflation for the irreverent author's own rhetorical effect.
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One star was one too many. You wouldn't use printed crud like this for a doorstop. The empty suit as empty chair as empty book as empty head. Burn this book. Burn one for a friend or relative. Under no circumstance pay for this claptrap. Don't recycle it.
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Barack Obama is not God, he is not a healer, he is a racial divider. He is not a man of peace, he has bombed more countries than Bush. He is not a man of God, he rarely attends church. He doesn't understand being a christian is...and doesn't understand how salvation is attained. For the author to use such a man in such a despicable and blasphemous manner isn't worthy of selling one book. Would the author (who reviews himself in the third person) do the same book with George W. Bush as the Anointed One?
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Do you wish to know if this book was actually inspired by God or the Devil ?! Well, all you have to do is wait just one day after Obamas' presidency term is over, and if he's still sitting in the white house, then you can rest asure that he's not the Christ, but the Antichrist.
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This book is allegory and metaphor -- I agree with the reviewers who tell those that are scandalized to lighten up. This book was fun and irksome and intriguing, and I read the entire work -- unlike some of the critics who have posted "reviews" of something they clearly did not read.

At a point in the summer when my enthusiasm was flagging, this book made me laugh, and challenged me to live up to the higher ideals I believe America was intended to hold up -- but more to the point -- ideals which those who would follow Jesus are intended to model and live from.

After reading this book, I entered the political discourse of the campaign with(a little)more patience and equanimity for people who do not share my opinions. This has helped to go past the clash of opinions to conversations about facts. It is an en-couraging book, and it would make a good reading reflection for this season in which we are now immersed.
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