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The Devil Wears Nada: Satan Exposed Paperback – August 4, 2011
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-Jeffrey C. Pugh, author of Devil's Ink: Blog from the Basement Office
"I loved this rollicking journey to hell and back. Tripp York thinks that we ought to take Satan seriously, as long as we mock, deride, and laugh at him the whole time. Sex, money, power, religion--Satan is mixed up with all of it, and in the funniest ways. This book is hysterically funny, absolutely serious, and deeply Christian. If you have never thought of Mennonites as funny (and who has?), then you need to read Tripp York on Satan!"
-Will Willimon, author of Why Jesus?
"I didn't want to read this book. I didn't have time. So I just took a quick glance before moving on to other things. But in that quick glance, temptation came over me and I just kept turning pages. I couldn't put it down. It made me laugh. It made me think. You'd better be careful or the same thing could happen to you."
-Brian McLaren, author of A Generous Orthodoxy
"York . . . attempts to examine the existence of God through a back door, that is, by searching for Satan. The effort offers a lively ride. York captivates the reader with snappy prose and a disarming, at times self-effacing, line of argumentation . . . ."
-Publisher's Weekly --Wipf and Stock Publishers
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As the title of my review indicates, York seems to take the structure of his book from Morgan Spurlock's documentaries: after a brief narrative setting up the quest to find the real Satan, York travels to churches of all stripes, interviewing evangelicals and unitarians, Pentecostals and liberals, all to find the real Satan. Why find Satan? Because, as the book's setup narrative relates, York has become bored with the classical proofs of God and the safe, mostly sterile discussions that philosophical theology inevitably drift towards.Read more ›
I should have known better, though. I loved both books, but I laughed a lot more at "The Devil Wears Nada."
I was immediately gratified to see the title of the first chapter, "The Protestant Deification of the Devil," as it seemed to confirm my own previously-espoused belief. But there is much more to love here:
- York's conversations with people who, on the surface, would appear to come from all manner of belief systems, but who we learn actually have a lot in common.
- York's analysis of Biblical accounts, particularly the story of Job and Satan's temptation of Jesus. He often raises more questions than he answers, but that's probably why I enjoy it so much.
- York's skewering of people who need it, e.g. Cindy Jacobs and Pat Robertson, among others. (And he often includes himself.)
- The recounting of conversations in York's classes at Western Kentucky University (an institution somewhat dear to my own heart). These made me wish I could go back to my hometown of Bowling Green, Kentucky and take some of York's classes.
- And there is much more, but you'll have to read the book to discover it.Read more ›
Based on a wager made in one of his religion classes, York decides to search for Satan as a means of finding God. His hunt includes countless interviews with exorcists, Pentecostals, Unitarians, Satanists, Wiccans, Baptists, pagans, shamans, spiritual warriors, Nazarenes, and everything in between, while also engaging in some things that he hopes his mother never discovers (too late, I'm guessing). In case he does find Satan, he is prepared to try and make a pact with him in order to pay off the student loans he obtained while earning a PhD in theology. That, if nothing else, is the kind of irony that makes this book worth reading.
At times, it's hard to know when he is serious, when he is just messing around or how hell-bent he really is on finding the devil (though he certainly goes to great lengths), but that's what makes this book so interesting. He is providing a different sort of lens on how, in particular, religious people in the United States construe the world in terms of good and evil. And, yes, he makes fun of everyone along the way--while, also, poking fun at himself. And it's on this latter part that some may be turned off by his tone, but once you realize that he turns it on his own self you see that the tone is merely part of the search and is what makes the book such a compelling read. The humor does not distract from its serious nature; I think it actually forces the reader to really come to grips with what that person either does or does not believe.
All in all, this is an incredibly accessible and witty book. I definitely recommend it.
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This was a great abook. I really enjoyed the authors take on finding God. This book makes you laugh, while giving you things to think about.Published 15 months ago by Amazon Customer
Fantastic read...excellent prose, highly entertaining and also thought provoking. Loved this book.Published 17 months ago by Marlon Meadows
I read this book while also reading several other works regarding the history and legitimacy of Satan. Read morePublished on November 18, 2013 by Jason
I received my book, very quickly. I have only read the first five pages and I am already in love!Published on March 7, 2013 by LovingIt
I bought the book because it was featured as a class subject by my church group. The author writes a bit too "cutesy" for my taste. Read morePublished on January 13, 2013 by bcb
Some of the best books about God are not exactly about God. As at least some believers in God have known for a long time, this is because one cannot talk exactly about God. Read morePublished on December 8, 2012 by Pete
This is one 'hell' of a book... ;) York often raises more questions than answers, but with his varied interviews and sharp theological teaching, he gives readers tools for... Read morePublished on September 16, 2012 by Nicholas
In his book `The Devil Wears Nada' Tripp York takes an entertaining ride through the American religious landscape (it looks a little like a strip mall in case you are wondering). Read morePublished on August 13, 2012 by Madjockmcferson
For decades, centuries, and millennia, theologians, clerics, abbots, historians, and everyday church goers have tried to pin down, if not physically, then graphically, the entity... Read morePublished on June 7, 2012 by Jean-Paul A. HELDT