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Pocket Guide to 2012: Your Once-in-a-Lifetime Guide to Not Completely Freaking Out [Kindle Edition]

Jason Boyett
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Book Description

Is 2012 our last year of existence? Is a killer planetary object on a collision course with Earth? What is the Mayan doomsday prophecy and should I go ahead and get one of those sweet car loans with a balloon payment in 2015?

The looming apocalypse has never been so much fun with this latest book in the acclaimed Pocket Guide series by Jason Boyett. Pocket Guide to 2012 approaches the 2012 doomsday phenomenon with the author's trademark blend of entertainment and education. Equally snarky and illuminating, it explores the history of mankind's end-times obsession, explains the origins of the 2012 prophecy, and investigates the predicted scenarios that will probably (not) lead to the extinction of humanity on or around December 21, 2012.

Editorial Reviews


"Jason Boyett's Pocket Guides are smart and hilarious. And they're sneaky too: You don't realize how much you're learning because you're having so much fun."
--AJ Jacobs, author, The Year of Living Biblically and Drop-Dead Healthy

"The Pocket Guides are more fun than a plague of frogs, more satisfying than manna from heaven and way less expensive than attending seminary. Jason Boyett is a truly inspired and disturbed individual and for that I am grateful."
--Dan Merchant, writer/producer/director of Lord, Save Us from Your Followers

"Anyone with a curiosity about history and belief--and an ear for wry irreverence--should not miss out on these pithy, delightful volumes."
--Lauren Sandler, author, Righteous

"If there were a Pocket Guide to Jason Boyett, it would include words like Fearless, Deep, and Snarky. And did I mention funny? Oh my goodness this guy is funny."
--Dean Nelson, author, Quantum Leap, and director, Writer's Symposium by the Sea at Point Loma

About the Author

Jason Boyett is the author of Pocket Guide to the Afterlife, Pocket Guide to Sainthood, Pocket Guide to the Bible, Pocket Guide to the Apocalypse, the memoir O Me of Little Faith, and several other books. He has written for a variety of publications (including Salon, Paste, Relevant, Beliefnet, and the Washington Post's "On Faith" blog) and has been featured in documentaries broadcast on the History Channel and National Geographic. Jason lives in Texas with his wife and kids. (

Product Details

  • File Size: 481 KB
  • Print Length: 117 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Jason Boyett, LLC (December 15, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006MM4ZHE
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,073,348 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's (not) the end of the world as we know it December 29, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
With the definitive end of the world nearly upon us in 2012, now is a fantastic time to pick up Jason Boyett's newest Pocket Guide. In it, he lays out pretty much every end-time prophesy that has been passed down. I was really impressed with the level of research that went into this short book.

It's a quick read, so if Jason is wrong, you'll still be able to finish it before the end of the world. And at under $4, you'll still have some cash left for constructing your doomsday bunker.

I appreciate that while Jason writes a tremendously funny and informative book, he also manages to avoid just being mean. When you start talking about the apocalypse, it's pretty easy to slip into a tone that simply mocks, but I didn't read that in this book. Okay, he might have mocked the doomsday chicken. But otherwise, it was humorous without being cutting.

No matter your personal feelings about the end of the world, this ebook is one you should purchase. Thanks, Jason, for making the end of the world a little bit brighter.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Seems we've lived 2012 before January 18, 2012
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Jason Boyett brings the same wit and snark to the 2012 end-of-the-world mania that you'll find in his other Pocket Guides. Through an illuminating rapid fire tour of apocalyptic mayhem you'll learn that Harold Camping isn't the only repeat offender when it comes to bad predictions, end of times predictions have been in vogue since just after time began and that wackos haven't changed much since then. Will this book prepare you to face the end of the world? No. Will it make you laugh along the way? Yup. Buy the book. Read it. Laugh out loud.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Breathe Easy...the world won't end in 2012 January 3, 2012
By BenW
Format:Kindle Edition
I loved reading Pocket Guide to 2012. It is a highly entertaining read as well as highly educational. It is a book that I plan on reading again to be sure that I have the knowledge to show friends that world will not end on December 21, 2012. You will be doing yourself, your family, and friends a great service by purchasing this book.

This was the first book in the Pocket Guide series that I've read and now I want to read the others.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thanks, now I'm not completely freaking out December 29, 2011
By MeganMP
Format:Kindle Edition
Until I read this pocket guide, any explanation I reviewed was boring, incomplete or forayed into the author's la-la land I didn't care to learn about. As with his other Pocket Guides, Boyett lays a foundation of easy to digest historical, religious, and in this case, astrological detail to provide a complete (and humorous) take on 12/21/12. A thoroughly great read providing "something to think about" once finished.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Seriously, this is hilarious December 21, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
As a kid, I never thought about apocalyptic scenarios until the Jonestown incident in 1978, which, frankly, creeped me out. When or how the world ends doesn't interest me half as much as the psychology behind why certain people feel the need to predict it and why the public feels the need to panic over these predictions. The predictions always ended up failing as far as I know. So, in Jason Boyett's "Pocket Guide to 2012: Your Once-in-a-Lifetime Guide to Not Completely Freaking Out", I enjoyed his hilarious take on the "why," the "how" and the "when" of end-of-the-world predictions.

It's amazing how, as Boyett says, "those who don't learn from history are doomed to speculate fiery apocalypse again on Tuesday." This book contains entries of doom predictions from the beginning of known history. The same scenario unfolds itself over and over in different years in different locations: person uses influence in politics, religion as well as big, scary numbers to predict Armageddon; panic ensues; deadline passes; person loses credibility.

For such a serious topic, Boyett's use of humor is genius. This book is great entertainment, but wait; the reader actually learns something, too. And "Pocket Guide to 2012" is short enough to be read in only one or two sittings (or maybe more if used as bathroom reading material). However, he does tone down the snarky remarks for more contemporary entries such as the Jonestown incident and the Davidian Branch disaster in 1993.

As you may know, 2012 is also a key year for end-of-the-world fans. A chapter is dedicated to the whole Mayan thing that everyone is talking about. But, whether you are an Armageddon aficionado or just looking for something fun to read, "Pocket Guide to 2012" should help you get through those particular 365 days. Wait, 366 days. Sorry--leap year.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Must Read for 2012! December 20, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
This is must read book for 2012. Any time spent with Jason Boyett is time well spent and you will not regret it. Always clear and fun to read. Always thoughtful and interesting. Read it and come away a little wiser with a smile on your face!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Definitive Guide to the End of the World February 9, 2012
By Carl
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
An amazing read! Jason does a great job taking 1000's of years of end times predictions and gathering them in a funny and informative way. Both learned more and laughed more than imagined! Get your friends to buy it too (don't share, it's only $4). Leads to great discussions!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read for the paranoid and/or the know-it-all
Whether you are paranoid about the end of the world or you want to be able to impress your friends with your knowledge of the end thereof (or both), I highly recommend this book. Read more
Published on September 12, 2012 by joshwoodtxdotcom
2.0 out of 5 stars okay... and?
I go to be honest ... all these guys were wrong, the end hasn't come yet, so it's not going to in 2012...
Sort of sums it up. I was expecting something, just not that.
Published on January 16, 2012 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't let the cover or title scare you.
As with all of Jason Boyett's Pocket Guides, this one is full of information and humor. He makes it fun to learn and you will find yourself laughing out loud throughout. Read more
Published on December 23, 2011 by Ray&Am
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny, educational, insightful - pretty much in that order
The first and most important thing you get from reading this book is perspective - when you see just how enamored the human race has always been with these "end-of-the-world"... Read more
Published on December 19, 2011 by Ken Grant
5.0 out of 5 stars spooky cover, awesome book
Another amazing book by one of my favorite authors! Jason entertains and gives insight to a popular topic that people like to freak out about! Read more
Published on December 17, 2011 by jdp
4.0 out of 5 stars A trip inside the mind of Harold Camping
As a Christian, I cringe every time I see folks like Harold Camping in the news. Date-setting the End Times is a practice as old as time itself, and Jason Boyett's guide to 2012 is... Read more
Published on December 16, 2011 by Cara Davis
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More About the Author

Jason Boyett is the author of several books, the most recent of which is the Kindle e-book Pocket Guide to 2012. It joins several other books in his Pocket Guide series of titles (Pocket Guide to the Apocalypse, Pocket Guide to the Afterlife, etc.). Jason is also the author of O Me of Little Faith: True Confessions of a Spiritual Weakling (Zondervan). His writing has appeared in a variety of publications--including Salon, Paste, the Daily Beast, and Relevant--and he is the host and co-creator of the weekly 9 Thumbs podcast ( Follow Jason online at, at, and on twitter @jasonboyett.


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