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Joshua (a.k.a. Jesus) knows he is unique and quite alone in his calling, but what exactly does his Father want of him? Taking liberties with ancient history, Moore works up an adventure tale as Biff and Joshua seek out the three wise men so that Joshua can better understand what he is supposed to do as Messiah. Biff, a capable sinner, tags along and gives Joshua ample opportunities to know the failings and weaknesses of being truly human. With a wit similar to Douglas Adams, Moore pulls no punches: a young Biff has the hots for Joshua's mom, Mary, which doesn't amuse Josh much: "Don't let anyone ever tell you that the Prince of Peace never struck anyone." And the origin of the Easter Bunny is explained as a drunken Jesus gushes his affection for bunnies, declaring, "Henceforth and from now on, I decree that whenever something bad happens to me, there shall be bunnies around."
One small problem with the narrative is that Biff and Joshua often do not have distinct voices. A larger difficulty is that as the tone becomes more somber with Joshua's life drawing to its inevitable close, the one-liners, though not as numerous, seem forced. True to form, Lamb keeps the story of Joshua light, even after its darkest moments. --Michael Ferch --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
This was a second read through and it still caused me to laugh out loud. Brilliant book that delivers a creative story to fill in the years of Jesus's life that were not depicted... Read morePublished 1 day ago by Morgan McClure
I loved the Biff character I could see this as a movie. Why shouldn't Christ have had a life before his ministry? And surely he must have had friends. Read morePublished 2 days ago by janynebk
Second time reading this book. Read it 10 years ago, and I still adore it. Extremely well-written, ironic, funny, thought-provoking… Just great!Published 2 days ago by jd
Compelling and very well written. Religious fanatics should steer clear, but for those with open minds and can remember the trials of adolescence and early adulthood, this will be... Read morePublished 2 days ago by MGA MKII
Two-thousand plus years in the waiting, and thanks to the Lord's BFFL, Biff we finally have a well-detailed accounting of Christ's life as a child. Read morePublished 7 days ago by kccam
Started off great, hilarious...but unfortunately started to slow and felt like it was dragging towards end. But quite funny in parts!Published 12 days ago by Johnny
Entertaining account of a fictional character, and his best friend Biff.Published 13 days ago by Weathered22