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Awkward Moments (Not Found In Your Average) Children's Bible - Vol. 2: Don't blame us - it's in the Bible! (Volume 2) Paperback – August 1, 2014
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"I love the tension this book brings... [it] forces Christians to examine the Bible. If it takes a shockingly "awkward" illustration of Jesus depicted as a pyromaniac vine to open up John 15, so be it! " - from the foreword by pastor Dan Kimball
About the Author
HORUS GILGAMESH was raised Catholic before being "born again" in college when he began following a calling toward full-time ministry. Early on, his efforts were focused on youth evangelism and Biblical literacy around the world. When he was on a missions trip to Africa, a fearless young boy approached, pleading, "Chakula? Maji?"- the Swahili words for "food" and "water." Unfortunately, Horus had no food or water to offer the poor child - only Bibles. A few days later, Horus met a humanitarian relief worker from Spain who shared five simple words of wisdom that would change his life forever - "Empty stomachs have no ears." Horus realized that he was not meeting the very real needs of the people he was hoping to help - he was struggling to finding a purpose in his own life, as a self righteous servant of his Creator. To many Christians, the most important gift you could ever give to a man is a chance at eternal life through the Gospel of Jesus Christ - the Living Water. But what about this life? There are billions who would give anything for a drink of regular old H2O.
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As a freelance writer myself, I am consistently amazed by Horus' ability to communicate complex arguments within such a limited number of words. In a single paragraph, he's often able to illuminate, argue, and frankly destroy common theological or apologetic arguments that have been passed on for centuries. He is also able to find a perfect balance between wit, wisdom, and skepticism without coming across as a "angry." (Though, given his past life in Christian ministry, it is great to read through some of his own struggles with losing his faith...)
As far as specifics, I don't know if I have a favorite illustration yet. I laughed out loud at "More Than A Woman," I banged my hand on the table while reading, "I am Nothing Without Jesus," I grimaced at "Whore No More," and I openly wept reading "To Train A Child". Actually, one of my favorites is probably the modern day interpretation that opened the door for the commentary on the Pledge of Allegiance. It is all just brilliantly executed - from the illustration that makes you cock your head, to the essays that make you really think about the cultural context of these stories today.
KID WARNING: There are a couple of illustrations (quoting Bible verses) that are fairly shocking, but - remember: this is NOT meant for kids!
-You don't have to be burned, hurt, or fighting with the church to come to see the reasonability in Gilgamesh's conclusions. Anyone who is a geniune and sincerely concerned person who wants to look out for the benefit of others and truly wishes to achieve altruism will see that organized religions under a single entity -be it divine or mortal- will put up smokescreens and rosy euphanisms to simply cover up the cruelty, domineering, and greediness of its leader.
It perfectly crystallized the thoughts I had since childhood. These were thoughts I was often too scared to say (it was the 70's, after all) unless I was given no other choice in which case I wouldn't lie and just go along to get along.
I wish I had someone else back then so I wouldn't have felt so isolated and alone with my non-conforming ideas.