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Salvation on the Small Screen? 24 Hours of Christian Television Paperback – September 1, 2008
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The set-up for the book is this: Bolz-Weber, a blogger and essayist on Jim Wallis' God's Politics site, was asked by a publisher to watch TBN (Trinity Broadcast Network) for 24 hours straight and then write about the experience. She asked, "Can I bring my friends?" and when the publisher agreed, she took on the job.
Nadia begins her journal of TBN watching at 5am and concludes at 5am the next day. Throughout that 24 hour period she is joined by a revolving cast of friends and strangers (ranging from seminary professors to gay community workers to her parents to an ex-boyfriend to a Jewish atheist to a Methodist pastor) who sit on her couch and provide running commentary--ala Mystery Science Theatre 3000--on what unfolds on the screen before them. She admits up front that not only has she never watched TBN (other than occasionally passing it while channel-surfing and thinking, "What the...?"), but that she also harbors deep feelings of derision towards Fundamentalist Evangelical Christianity (originating, no doubt, from her upbringing in a Fundamentalist Evangelical home).
One expects snarkiness and mockery, and one is not disappointed.Read more ›
I have a hard time with many of these shows; but I have to dare to believe God is using some (all?) of them, even if...well, you know.
So I was thrilled to hear that one of my favorite Sarcastic Lutherans (check the author's blog name), and a brilliant thinker, had been asked to write a book about the experience of watching 24 hours of Christian television (in the company of some wonderful hand-picked friends)..TBN, to be exact.
I must have prayed for her the moment I heard she had the job.
As hilarious as the book is(it exceeded even my high expectations here), I found it not only appropriately respectful (some will disagree...maybe even the author!), but hugely helpful in many "serious" ways...
It is her humility ("I, too live in a lavish lifestyle funded by the giving of the faithful, and this realization is discomforting. It is undoubtedly the plank in my own eye" -p.67) and wit that grant her authority to note out loud and in public things any of us have noted privately,like:
"I'm fairly certain that the descriptor 'Christian' when applied to music and TV shows is not an indicator of theological content but instead points to what is absent:profanity, homosexuals, liberals, uncertainty--basically anything that would challenge a particular worldview.Read more ›
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Engaging, funny, and honest. This book could have easily been just one cynical quip after another - but it was so much more. Read morePublished 26 days ago by Louise
I loved the other books. this was more of a critical look at TV evangelism through the eyes of a admitted cynic. Got repetitive. Read morePublished 1 month ago by timothy c scott
Nadia's name kept popping up in sermons so had to check her out. This book was thoughtful yet had me in fits of laughter at the same time. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
I love this author. She is so truthful and down to earth. Just love her. You name it, she's done it and yet she knows God loves her and all the rest of us.Published 6 months ago by Judy Murphy
The book was absolutely hysterical Pastor Nadia shines through in both her wit and theological background. I wish she would write more.Published 7 months ago by Matthew J Furman