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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Jana Riess (October 26, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0989774708
  • ISBN-13: 978-0989774703
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 8.7 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #517,293 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Jana Riess blogs for Religion News Service and is the author of many books, including Flunking Sainthood: A Year of Breaking the Sabbath, Forgetting to Pray, and Still Loving My Neighbor, named by Publishers Weekly as one of the top ten religion books of 2011. She has a Master of Divinity degree from Princeton Theological Seminary and a Ph.D. from Columbia University. She wonders if maybe The Twible is the book that will guarantee her room reservation in hell.


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Jana Riess is the author or editor of many books, the most recent being "The Twible," which has all the chapters in the Bible in 140 characters or less . . . now with 68% more humor! Her 2011 book "Flunking Sainthood" was selected as one of the top ten religion books of the year by "Publishers Weekly."

Although she is a spiritual failure and was never able to climb the rope in gym class, she has a doctorate from Columbia University and works as an editor in the publishing industry. So she's not a total loser. She blogs for the Religion News Service at http://www.religionnews.com/blogs/jana-riess.

Customer Reviews

Try it, You may get a kick out of it whether you are a believer or not.
Issybob
The curious will enjoy it, completists may be moved to read previously unknown books, and the truly rigid or humorless should stay away.
Barbara Fox
And, ultimately, this is why the Twible succeeds: Jana Riess understands the Bible very well.
Michael Austin

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By josiahgibbs on November 8, 2013
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Once you've read Jana Riess's Twible, you may never read God's Bible the same way again ... which is to say, you might actually pick up the Bible to do more than read the Nativity at Christmas or to proof-text occasional verses for Sunday School.

For the past year or two the author has been tweeting the Bible on Twitter, one biblical chapter per day, each summarized in 140 characters or less. The tweets are funny, contemporary, often irreverent, sometimes a wee bit profane but never sacrilegious, and you may find yourself saying, "No! It doesn't say that!" before checking your own Bible and discovering that yes, your Bible does say that, sort of, without the off-kilter twist that the Twible gives it.

Some samples:

-- Genesis 7: "Weather alert! G gives Noah 1 week eviction notice: "Take 7 pairs of each clean animal in Ark to avoid flood. Oh, and BYO Renuzit."

-- Numbers 29: Most of this chapter is about what G wants you to cook for him during the High Holy Days. Hostess tip: He's totally not a vegetarian.

-- 1 King 21: Queen Jezebel uses eminent domain to seize a vineyard, then has the owner stoned. Don't worry, though. She'll soon be Pupperoni.

-- Psalm 23: G's my shepherd. He lets me nap in green pastures. He protects me from the wolves. Sometimes it rocks to be a sheep, y'know?

If even the Twible were too much to read, you could still get a Cliff Notes glimpse of the Bible from the tweeted book overviews:

-- 2 Chronicles: Like 2 Kings, but with northern kings and history removed. This is SOUTHERN history, y'all.

-- Nahum: Death to Nineveh. Doom to Nineveh. Mayhem to Nineveh. Babylon will crush it ... and we bought front-row seats!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Michael Austin on November 17, 2013
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The Twible is a grand experiment of sorts. Over a period of more than three years, Jana Riess read the entire Bible and reduced every one of its chapters to a 140 word Twitter post. There was no doubt that this was going to be funny, but there are several kinds of funny that it could have been. It could very easily have descended into a kind of burlesque mockery where the strangeness and incomprehensibility of much of the text became the joke. But the Twible is much better than that.

Reducing things by 95% while keeping some recognizable semblance of the original is actually kind of hard. It requires one to understand the source material extremely well. And, ultimately, this is why the Twible succeeds: Jana Riess understands the Bible very well. Her extreme redactions are funny, but they aren't JUST funny They also almost always get to something crucial about the text that often gets lost in all the words. Her versions of some of the hardest books of the Bible--Leviticus, Isaiah, Revelation--contain gems of insight that have actually changed the ways that I understand the original texts.
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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Autumn Biedermann on December 18, 2013
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I really wanted to like this book. I work at a church and one of my roles is to write our social media posts. Ms. Riess is very witty and it takes effort and talent to condense a chapter of the Bible into a tweet.

While I'm sure God has a sense of humor and isn't offended when we find humor in the Bible, I don't believe it is okay to malign His character. When you describe God or "G" as Ms. Riess calls Him (everyone has a nickname to fit 140 characters) as obsessive compulsive, bi-polar and having multiple personalities, I think you have gone too far.

We were going to give this to our 17 year old son, but as we read through it we didn't feel it okay with presenting this as a representation of the Bible. You may be amused by this book and enjoy it; my husband and I found some things quite funny. But humor at the cost of God's character is not okay with me. The Bible is full of colorful characters, with serious character flaws and if it were made into a weekly series, HBO or Showtime would be way more likely than Disney to pick it up. I'm not afraid of the gritty stories, but not the way Ms. Riess interprets them.

I hope this helps. If you are just looking to be amused, this will do it and it may even pique your curiosity about the Bible. If you want something this is witty and succinct but true to the nature of God, avoid this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Gloria McIntyre on January 6, 2014
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I was pretty thrilled to discover this gem of a book. I use it in ministry with teens and adults as a way to get them to think differently about scripture. The author is sharp-witted and just plain smart - I appreciate how she tells it like it is, and adds her humor. She knows biblical history, but she also makes it really fun. I don't recommend this for people with no sense of humor, or people who can't loosen up. But for people who are comfortable enough with their faith to take a joke, this is fabulous. Love it!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 2, 2013
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This is well written, insightful, funny and somewhat irreverent. Stuffy religious people need not apply. Jana nailed some books and nailed again some chapters. She roasted the Apostles a time or two for not getting it! However, in a key chapter, she showed reverence to our Savior. In the TOC under James: "Walk the walk, don't talk the talk". Chapter two of James definitively describes "Epic Fail Religion" in 19 words and a drawing. Again Jana nails it!
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