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In The Flip-Flops Of Jesus: A Pilgrim's Sojourn In La La Land Paperback – January 20, 2009

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Jim Lawrence lives in Asheville, North Carolina, where he is a free-lance writer, photographer and videographer. He also teaches courses in mass media, digital video production and nonlinear editing. He spent 20 years in Southern California working as a writer/director and maintains his membership in both the Writers and Directors Guilds.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 538 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (January 20, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1438228031
  • ISBN-13: 978-1438228037
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 1.2 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,440,824 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I don't know if this book is indeed "blasphemous" (I suppose that depends on your point of view) but it is very funny. Some scenes are actually quite hilarious (though that might reflect my own warped sense of humor). I think especially of the attempt to film the crucifixion of Jesus with a former cowboy actor in the role and the sequence in Las Vegas, where the town has turned the nearby atom bomb tests into a kind of popular entertainment. There are a number of finely drawn characters -- especially the blacklisted screenwriter Truman Dalton (a clear homage to real blacklisted screenwriter Dalton Trumbo), the religious filmstrip narrator Otis Beaudine who seems to have an endless supply of filthy limericks (also, I think, a reference to another real life person, the long time character actor Hal Smith), the all-purpose, fifties hipster gofer Auggie Schein, and the larger-than-life studio head, Morty Schein, a Jew intent on making money selling movies about Jesus Christ. The author also does a very good job of evoking the atmosphere of the 1950's. There are periodic references to the ongoing battles in Korea, depicting the progress (or lack thereof) of the so-called "police action" as well as references the infamous "blacklist." And a final note: even with the funny and at times outrageous content, the book also explores some rather serious issues about belief (and non-belief). Randy Dillard, from whose perspective the story is told, is on a personal spiritual quest that is vividly played out through his various encounters and experiences. I learned a lot about an aspect of the motion picture industry of which I knew very little. In spite of the length (500-plus pages) the book is a very fast read. I got caught up in the story and basically finished it off in one long session. Highly recommended.
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By K. H. Gottlieb on May 27, 2009
Format: Paperback
When I saw the title that the author chose ( "In the Flip-flops of Jesus"), I knew to expect humor and quirk, and I was not disappointed. What a book! It is laugh out loud funny through out with wonderfully wacky characters doing wacky things. To know Morty Schien is to love him.. He's a Jewish mench who owns the Christian movie studio. He is joined by other wild and crazy guys who cracked me up. It was such fun visualizing the outrageous situations that they found themselves in.. Our protagonist, Randy, from a small town in the mountains of North Carolina, travels to Los Angeles to work for Morty at his movie studio. He is thrown into this circle of wackos, and is a perfect sane and nonjudgmental straight man. It is a very funny read and I recommend it to anyone who wants to smile and laugh and love it. Lawrence hit a home run.
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