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The Almost True Story of Ryan Fisher: A Novel by [Stennett, Rob]
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Rob Stennett is equal parts Tom Perotta and Rob Bell. His book is a sharp - but also loving - satire of religion in America. In the words of his main character, it's funny as H-E double hockey sticks. --AJ Jacobs, author of The Year of Living Biblically -- AJ Jacobs, Author of The Year of Living Biblically

Screenwriter Stennett offers a satirical look at a non-Christian's ascent to pastor of a megachurch in this engaging, highly readable novel. Ryan Fisher is a 28-year-old real estate agent who doesn't believe in God, but lists himself in the Christian Business Directory (along with a Jesus fish symbol) to beef up sales. He and his wife, Katherine, attend church to validate his new religious image, where he sees the possibilities of utilizing business principles to create his own megachurch. They move to Bartlesville, Okla., and create "The People's Church" where Ryan preaches a feel-good, do-good gospel ("I'm not encumbered by things like the Bible and Jesus"). As church numbers swell, Oprah calls, local pastors are on the warpath, a religious fanatic plots Ryan's assassination, and Katherine is smitten with Cowboy Jack, a karaoke singer-turned-worship leader who pens Christian lyrics to popular radio tunes. Is Ryan in over his head? Interesting narration and Dave Barryesque footnotes make this humorous entertainment with a faith-based message. -- Publishers Weekly - June 2008

"Screenwriter Stennett offers a satirical look at a non-Christian's ascent to pastor of a megachurch in this engaging, highly readable novel. Ryan Fisher is a 28-year-old real estate agent who doesn't believe in God, but lists himself in the Christian Business Directory (along with a Jesus fish symbol) to beef up sales. He and his wife, Katherine, attend church to validate his new religious image, where he sees the possibilities of utilizing business principles to create his own megachurch. They move to Bartlesville, Okla., and create "The People's Church" where Ryan preaches a feel-good, do-good gospel ("I'm not encumbered by things like the Bible and Jesus"). As church numbers swell, Oprah calls, local pastors are on the warpath, a religious fanatic plots Ryan's assassination, and Katherine is smitten with Cowboy Jack, a karaoke singer-turned-worship leader who pens Christian lyrics to popular radio tunes. Is Ryan in over his head? Interesting narration and Dave Barryesque footnotes make this humorous entertainment with a faith-based message." — Publishers Weekly

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I've just finished reading The Almost True Story of Ryan Fisher. Wow! I'm an old cynical preacher so I laughed. But there is a part of me that winced and even cried. This is a book about lies and reality and about what's important and what isn't. Rob Stennett has taken us on a fun journey to a scary place. -- Stephen W. Brown, Professor, Reformed Theological Seminary, Orlando Author and President of Key Life Network, Inc. <br><br>

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  • File Size: 1317 KB
  • Print Length: 348 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Up to 5 simultaneous devices, per publisher limits
  • Publisher: Zondervan (May 26, 2009)
  • Publication Date: May 26, 2009
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishing
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002AP9GQ2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #756,383 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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