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Once More, From the Beginning Paperback – March 10, 2012
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Top Customer Reviews
The stories are told in a matter-of-fact modern rendition that makes one wonder what God was thinking in the first place. Why put those trees in Eden if the fruit is wasted? Why torment your Chosen People? Ms Bertsch gives the Old Testament a New twist while reminding us that God created TWO people that first week.
If you tend to nod off when trying to get through all the begats and beheadings when reading King James' version (and he was definitely ambiguous about women) then Ms Bertsch's version will keep you awake and smiling from "In the beginning" to Amen, Sister.
As I listened to rather than read the text on my Kindle, I didn't note many editing errors, though I did spot one or two punctuational problems as the pages flashed by. All in all, I would recommend this for anyone with a good sense of humor -- regardless of his or her religious affiliation.
Susan Wells Bennett
An Unassigned Life
Reviewer's note and update: I'm bumping my review up a star because I'm still laughing at this book and it's been more than a week since I read it. A book that sticks with me like that deserves another star.
The juiciest parts to me were the almost-realistic dialogues between a host of Biblical types who had seemed like colorless stick-figures before, such as Sarah and Abraham, Jacob and Esau, Judah and Tamar, Joseph and Potiphar's wife, Moses and the Pharaoh, and an additional cast of thousands. I laughed my head off at the Sodom-and-Gomorrah episode, the Coat-of-Many-Colors episode, the Moses-on-the-Mountain episode, and so on.
Now my husband is chuckling and laughing his way through "Once More", too. I think he especially appreciates the author's wry comments about women.
Wendy Bertsch has a wicked sense of humor. This is a tongue-in-cheek book that you'll enjoy the first time and many times again after that. A fun, delightful read!
Martha Marks, author of Rubies of the Viper
Jane Bailey Bain (LifeWorks:Using myth & archetype to develop your life story)
*(Irreverent, but not sacrilegious)
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Author Wendy Bertsch has penned an intelligent, riotously funny, tongue-in-cheek, yet respectful poke at the Old Testament. And she tells it all from a woman's perspective! Read morePublished on July 31, 2012 by Great Historicals
While Holy Books abound -- it seems just about every religion has one or six -- what this reader has always found lacking, is clever discourse on these august works of men. Read morePublished on April 28, 2012 by Richard Sutton
This was not at all what I thought it would be. Instead of a light, humorous view of religion, it seemed to be attacking it. Didn't like it at all.Published on March 4, 2012 by colliemom