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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Relevant Books (March 29, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0976035715
  • ISBN-13: 978-0976035718
  • Product Dimensions: 7.1 x 5.1 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,052,848 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Jason Boyett is the communications director at Paramount Baptist Church in Amarillo, Texas. He is the author of Things You Should Know by Now (Relevant, May 2003) and The Guy’s Guide to Life (W, October 2004).

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 (9thumbs.com). Follow Jason online at jasonboyett.com, at facebook.com/jasonboyettbooks, and on twitter @jasonboyett.

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This book was very informative and an easy read.
JM
The book is most effective in chapters 2-3 where he gives an extensive catalogue of end times date setters throughout history.
David T. Wayne
I rarely turn down a book, so told him I would be glad to read and review this one.
Tim Challies

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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By David T. Wayne on April 5, 2005
Format: Paperback
Jason Boyett is the author of A Guy's Guide to Life, Things You Should Know By Now, and a few others. With this new book he is branching out into the field of end times prognostication and date setting. Or, maybe I should say that with this book he is branching out to show the folly of those who would try to be end times prognosticators and date setters.

Jason's books are targeted at a younger audience, those in and around the quarter-century age range. As such, while I was reading his book I felt very old, almost as if I was in my forties or something. The book is full of youthful slang and otherwise hip language. It's not what I am used to or the way I usually speak, but ol' gramps here can understand that it communicates especially well to youngsters. Which is not to say that it doesn't communicate well to us old timers, because it does. But the style is definitely aimed at a younger audience.

In fact, after I read it I came home one day to find my 13 year old son reading it. My son is an avid reader of sci-fi, especially the Star Wars books. He will read 2-3 Star Wars books in a week at times but he has never been excited about reading religious books. But he is enjoying this one very much.

The book is written in a very snarky, comedic tone. But, Jason has done a remarkable thing in being snarky without being mean spirited. I have to admit that, when I started reading the book I had my antennas up a bit, thinking he might go overboard. But, though he poked fun where fun needed to be poked throughout the book, there was no malice in any of it.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Tim Challies TOP 1000 REVIEWER on May 29, 2005
Format: Paperback
A few weeks ago Jason Boyett wrote me to ask if he could send along a copy of his latest book, A Pocket Guide to the Apocalypse. I rarely turn down a book, so told him I would be glad to read and review this one. He encouraged me to review it honestly and to pan it if I felt that was necessary. He must believe in the old adage that "no press is bad press."

The Pocket Guide, which is written in a style reminiscent of Douglas Adams' famous five-part trilogy The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, is a "comprehensive guide to the last days, a must-have for apocalypse watchers, readers of Revelation and all-around Armageddon obsessives" (from the back cover). To translate, it is a book that pokes fun at those who think they have the end-times all figured out and who like to claim they know when the end is coming. It also seeks to bring just a little bit of clarity to the concepts and terminology surrounding the end-times.

Inside you'll find all kinds of interesting information. The book kicks off with an apocalyptionary (let me assure you that Microsoft Word does not have that book in its dictionary) which defines many of the terms one needs to know to undertake a study of eschatology. It includes words like eschatology. To understand the author's writing style, which is clearly meant to appeal to a younger audience, here is an excerpt from his definition of Antichrist. "The Antichrist is akin to a devious evil twin of Jesus, in that his hidden agenda is not just the world domination thing but also to oppose Christianity by torturing and destroying all those who refuse to lick his proverbial boots.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Jordan M. Poss VINE VOICE on August 17, 2005
Format: Paperback
I bought this book on a whim and really enjoyed it. It's a sort of Dave Barry's Travel Guide to the End Times. There's not much else I can say that hasn't already been said by the other reviewers, but this book really was a treat. Boyett's "snarky" tone is perfect for the material, and like the others have said, it's never mean-spirited. And it's irreverent, yeah, but never blasphemous.

An interesting thing to me was that I could never put my finger on the author's own beliefs, as he gives unusually even-handed coverage to an issue which usually polarizes opinions in the Christian community (but is usually, in the end--no pun intended--unimportant).

One minor complaint is that, while one certainly shouldn't expect a book like this to be uminmpeachably fault-free, the author is clearly not an historian (as I am). As such, I noticed a few errors he made that stand correction. His dating on the life of Zoroaster is way off, and he lists Nero as the son of Marcus Aurelius (who died well over 100 years after Nero did--oops). Nero was actually the adopted son of emperor Claudius (and may have had him killed in order to take the throne). Marcus Aurelius's son is the ever-popular Commodus, one of the few Roman emperors almost as hated as Nero.

Overall, a nice, funny way to spend a few idle hours.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Damon Kersh on April 21, 2005
Format: Paperback
This book absolutely rocks!!! I've never read anything so funny in my life. I've read other books by Boyett, but this one takes the twinkie!!! Boyett pokes fun at just about everyone in this pocket guide. From Pat Robertson to Abaddon (read the book and you'll understand), Jason spares no one. With his usual dry humor, Boyett guides the reader through a humorous ride of the end times, past and present!!! (That was my attempt at Boyett humor) It was ride I wished would never end.

My ultimate fear is that people will read this book and take it seriously. To those that do, all i have to say is...SHUT UP!!! (Read the book and you'll understand!!!)

Seriously, come on people. Everyone has to learn to laugh at themselves. That's what this is all about. Even Jesus had a sense of humor, why else would all those people invite him over to their houses to eat??? I feel like the end time loonies (and you know who you are) have taken themselves too the extreme. To them I say, "Quit looking at the sky!!! Look at yourselves and laugh!!!"

I applaude Boyett for his hard work and courage to take on this controversial topic. This is an obviously well researched piece of material. From the glossary to the grab bag, this was a book I couldn't put down. Each false prediction kept getting better and better. Jason, you deserve a pat on the back and a kick in the butt!!! Well done good Sir!!!!
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