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Me, Myself, and Bob: A True Story About Dreams, God, and Talking Vegetables Paperback – February 3, 2008
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About the Author
Phil Vischer is the CEO and Chief Creative Officer of Big Idea Productions. As co-creator of the popular series, VeggieTales™, he has also served as writer, director and voice for more than a dozen characters, including Bob the Tomato. Since the release of the first VeggieTales™ episode in 1993, more than 30 million units have been sold in the series. Vischer and his wife, Lisa, live in the Chicago, IL with their 3 children.
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Top Customer Reviews
Using very touching anecdotes in a style the often punctuates with laughter, Vischer describes his early life in Muscatine, Iowa, his move to Illinois, and his college years. He shares the creative spark that developed from his friendship with Mike Nawrocki.
He also narrates in poignant detail the exciting rise and the devastating fall of the company he had lovingly developed to produce the VeggieTales videos.
Every young person growing up in a family devoted to the Lord Jesus Christ needs to read this book. Vischer has a unique ability to share his life experiences in a challenging and life-affirming manner. This story will help all young believers develop a firmer hold on the practicality of their faith in a real world.
This book will also motivate and entertain anyone who has a dream that remains unfulfilled. And, this book will speak words of both reality and hope to those who face challenges in their daily work environment.
I cannot recommend this book more highly. Vischer not only shares moments of spiritual renewal, he also offers clear and concise explanations of the lessons he learned from his business experiences.
Perhaps one of the most succinct summaries of the mindset of Phil Vischer comes from his statement: "Life is tricky.Read more ›
This book can be read on a number of levels--as one man's rise, fall, and rebirth; as a critique of (take your pick) American capitalism, corporate managerial fads, hero worship (Vischer's of Disney), the American dream, the shallowness and cynicism of Hollywood, and the Protestant work ethic; or as a theological lesson on the importance of putting God first, last, and in between. While it would be hard to call Vischer humble, he does a good job of examining his motives and mistakes, and he does so with the grace (or good sense) not to blame others (well, at least not to name them or give us enough information so we can easily identify them). The closing chapters in which he recounts what he has learned from his VeggieTales roller coaster ride are sincere and wise. He discusses the difference between dreams and visions on the one hand and "God's revelation" on the other. His description of the pain of losing something you are certain God had led you to pursue is nuanced and convincing.Read more ›
But all was not smooth sailing. The company mushroomed then crumbled, ending in bankruptcy. Just what went wrong? Well, that's what this book is all about.
And it's a highly entertaining read. Phil interjects his narration with the dry wit and funny stories you'd expect from the man behind VeggieTales. But by no means is it a woe-is-me story. Phil takes much of the blame for what happened and goes out of his way to not name many of the players in the story. The last two chapters detail what Phil learned from all this. He talks about business lessons and the Spiritual growth he experienced as a result of losing everything he thought he was to do.
I found the book almost impossible to put down and the last few chapters are very moving. This is a must read for any VeggieTales fan who wants the inside scope on what really happened to their favorite Veggies.
Phil's story is classic for entrepreneurs of our age and temper. His initial struggle just to earn enough to eat, followed by rapid growth and profit, only to fail via bankruptcy. You can read this book like a classic case of business management, for the lesson learned is timeless. You can't just say "this one thing" caused Big Idea to fail, nor can you say "it's all this person's fault." There were several factors involved. Phil doesn't point fingers at his staff - he hired them after all. No, Phil accepts the blame himself. He does point out the errors that were made by everyone but still manages to bring them all back to himself and his own personal decisions.
You can also read this as the spiritual journey of one man and his search for purpose, acceptance, and ultimately, his search for God.
The book is far stronger as a spiritual journey than as a case study of business management but that's to be expected from a man devoted to telling Biblical stories with talking vegetables.
Fans of Big Idea and VeggieTales will appreciate the inside look at the company and background story for Phil Vischer.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
What a great read. So many things to learn from this open account. Good for business owners, entrepreneurs and anyone leading others. Easy read, but packed with practical lessons.Published 11 days ago by bout-Boy
Awesome, inspiring! An exhortation to all believers to make God their King, follow Christ and allow the Holy Spirit to teach us.Published 16 days ago by Thomas A. Trevino
What a powerful book I read it straight through. To hear Phil tell the story of the rise and fall of Big Ideas as well as the beginnings of my favorite talking vegetables was a... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Michelle Pope Welch
Fun to read and much to take note of. We read it as a board of directors assignment for our company and it created great discussion.Published 3 months ago by Rob Neumann
Great book about Phil Vischer. I am an animator and have always appreciated Veggie Tales.Published 5 months ago by Marty
Excellent. Phil describes the rise and fall of his company, Big Ideas, and his spiritual journey. Business lessons and God lessons are learned. Highly recommended.Published 5 months ago by JOHN TATE
If you grew up with Veggietales and are as big of a fan as I am of the older episodes then this is the perfect book. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Allen Rankin
Phil's storytelling ability makes this a hard-to-put-down book. Hearing how God was overseeing it all, even when Phil thought Phil was overseeing it all is convicting, reassuring,... Read morePublished 12 months ago by RGSR