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The Last Testament: A Memoir Hardcover – November 1, 2011
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“Presented as ‘A Memoir by God,’ the book comes divided into chapters and numbered verses like the Bible, if the Bible were narrated by Mel Brooks on crack-laced manna. It’s a bawdy circus of theological vaudeville—Shadrach, Meshach and To-bed-we-go!—determined to sacrifice every sacred cow on the altar of farce.”—Ron Charles, The Washington Post
“The Last Testament is billed as a message from God as transcribed by David Javerbaum, the former head writer and executive producer of ‘The Daily Show With Jon Stewart,’ whose specialty is chutzpah. With no apparent qualms Mr. Javerbaum steps into the infinitely big shoes of the Almighty to deliver a series of pronouncements, gags, parodies of Biblical passages and even a 12-step program envisioned from God’s point of view. . . . The Last Testament is fearless . . . a recklessly funny set of gags about all things religious and quite a few things secular too.”—Janet Maslin, The New York Times
“I can’t be sure, but I think the famously blasphemous Mark Twain (who once said he didn’t want to go to heaven because he hated harp music) would have chuckled his way through Javerbaum’s book. Maybe even snorted. Because it’s very funny. Offensive to some, for sure, but very funny.”—A.J. Jacobs for The Globe & Mail
“A ‘memoir’ by God [The Last Testament] does what The Daily Show does so well—it satirizes religion by both taking it seriously and not taking it seriously at all, using humor to both point out the inconsistencies of the holiest texts and to describe God’s codependent relationship with celebrities.”—Salon.com
“This book plays spin doctor for the Big Guy, in the form of a really new testament. Author David Javerbaum, formerly a writer and producer for 'The Daily Show With Jon Stewart,' brings that show’s arch snappiness to his task, laying out what God really had in mind . . . If you’re a churchgoer you might ask, well, isn’t this sacrilegious? In many places, decidedly so. And if the human temptation is to continually imagine God in our own image (face it, you think God agrees with your positions on abortion, taxes and political parties, don’t you?), The Last Testament does so with a vengeance, quoting a pop-culture-savvy Creator who despises Sarah Palin and holds reliably progressive social views. . . . People of faith should be glad when religious themes show up in popular discourse, even if it’s for a cheap joke. Better to be satirized than to be ignored. And, of course, the premise of 'The Daily Show' is in effect: Satire can be the best vehicle for truth.”—Buffalo News
"Spit-take funny."—The Jewish Daily Forward
“Oh, God . . . There are enough laughs here, not to mention a dazzling underlying knowledge of theology, to give plenty of props to Javerbaum.”—Booklist (starred review)
“A blithely blasphemous satire of monotheism. . . . Adherents of every Abrahamic faith will find plenty of hilarious, offensive manna for thought in these revelations.”—Publishers Weekly
“Damned comical. Amen.”—Kirkus Reviews
"Absurdity reigns in The Last Testament. . . . A wickedly funny introduction to the opinions and modus operandi of God, 'King of the Universe.'"—ShelfAwareness.com
About the Author
God has been grabbing headlines ever since first creating the universe. Indeed, the multi-talented deity has been involved in the development of every single thing that has ever happened, including the Crusades, plate tectonics, and Seinfeld. His previous serious works as an author, The Old Testament, The New Testament, and The Koran, have sold an impressive 5 billion copies, with the first two in particular coming to be collectively regarded as something of a bible of their field.
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If you found this book and read the complete title AND presumed this would be something other than imaginative fiction, then ....then ....I'm speechless!
however if that appeals to you... this is just one big non-stop festival of humor.
I first became introduced to my God Almighty on Twitter, where about one million of his most faithful worshipers attend his every Twitter need. (IE follow him with no hope of a return follow. ) I feared that the book might not be able to stand up to being more than quips. FEAR NOT THOSE WHO ENTER HERE. For thy lord has created an occupation for thy time. For surely it must be said laughing all day day is superior to scrubbing thy bathroom floor in the eyes of thy lord.
Thee will find not disappointment within these pages but thee will find joy in thy life. AMEN !
Second, this is an absolute must read for Ricky Gervais fans, Daily Show with John Stewart fans, etc.
If you're atheists, this is going to be a very fun read. If you're not necessarily atheists, I'm not sure about that, because I don't know how you guys think, and I'm not gonna pretend to know :)
This is a hilarious satire of the bible, and I don't see what's better than that.
We had just seen Jim Parson in the play "God" and learned that the play was based on this book. It helps you
see all the silly things we are told to believe. Very amusing.
I first heard Javerbaum as a guest on the Adam Carolla podcast and thought he was a pretty funny clever guy. He wasn't necessarily plugging his book, but Carolla always promotes his guest's recent ventures and mentioned this book. It sounded interesting enough, so I picked it up. I'm very glad I did.
This is all written in the first-person from the voice of God Allmighty, the LORD our God, King of the Universe (as he puts it).
I like his viewpoint and I like the way he struggles with understandable questions and challenges man has put forth throughout the ages:
"'...if thou hast power over what hath not yet come, canst thou not unspool the future with a gentler thread; one weaving a tapestry whereby righteousness is always rewarded, and evil always punished; so that mankind may behold with perfect clarity thine infinite justice?'
'Interesting; interesting,' I said. 'Yet I think I would prefer to work in mysterious ways.'"
God chose Javerbaum well. He is the perfect mouthpiece to use as a so-called ghost writer. Javerbaum has a fantastic turn of phrase and his vocabulary is perfect for the voice of the LORD our God, King of the Universe. Luckily I read this on my Kindle where it's easy to highlight and look up unknown words in the dictionary.
The topics are thought provoking and the book moves right along (with the exception of the chapter on the book of Revelation...that one drags a little and might be better as a movie). If you're an atheist or agnostic, then this book probably doesn't hold much for you. If you're Jewish or Christian, then loosen up your top button and enjoy the book. If you're Muslim, you're going to have to be slightly more open minded, however Javerbaum treats your faith very fairly and speaks well of Mohammad (and stops just short of supplying an illustration of your prophet).
For the most part the blasphemy is pretty light-hearted. If it bugs you to read a quote from Jesus cursing "Dad Dammit!" then you shouldn't read this book.
I'm glad the LORD our God, King of the Universe, selected Javerbaum to write this final work in the trilogy of testaments (Old, New, and Last). I'm glad I read it.
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Saw the play that was taken from this on Broadway (with S Hayes), which led by to buy the book.Read more
Thank God the book isn't loaded with puns but I might be inured to them and didn't notice their severity. If so, I apologize.Read more