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Pocket Guide to the Apocalypse: The Official Field Manual for the End of the World Paperback – March 29, 2005
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Jason's books are targeted at a younger audience, those in and around the quarter-century age range. As such, while I was reading his book I felt very old, almost as if I was in my forties or something. The book is full of youthful slang and otherwise hip language. It's not what I am used to or the way I usually speak, but ol' gramps here can understand that it communicates especially well to youngsters. Which is not to say that it doesn't communicate well to us old timers, because it does. But the style is definitely aimed at a younger audience.
In fact, after I read it I came home one day to find my 13 year old son reading it. My son is an avid reader of sci-fi, especially the Star Wars books. He will read 2-3 Star Wars books in a week at times but he has never been excited about reading religious books. But he is enjoying this one very much.
The book is written in a very snarky, comedic tone. But, Jason has done a remarkable thing in being snarky without being mean spirited. I have to admit that, when I started reading the book I had my antennas up a bit, thinking he might go overboard. But, though he poked fun where fun needed to be poked throughout the book, there was no malice in any of it.Read more ›
The Pocket Guide, which is written in a style reminiscent of Douglas Adams' famous five-part trilogy The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, is a "comprehensive guide to the last days, a must-have for apocalypse watchers, readers of Revelation and all-around Armageddon obsessives" (from the back cover). To translate, it is a book that pokes fun at those who think they have the end-times all figured out and who like to claim they know when the end is coming. It also seeks to bring just a little bit of clarity to the concepts and terminology surrounding the end-times.
Inside you'll find all kinds of interesting information. The book kicks off with an apocalyptionary (let me assure you that Microsoft Word does not have that book in its dictionary) which defines many of the terms one needs to know to undertake a study of eschatology. It includes words like eschatology. To understand the author's writing style, which is clearly meant to appeal to a younger audience, here is an excerpt from his definition of Antichrist. "The Antichrist is akin to a devious evil twin of Jesus, in that his hidden agenda is not just the world domination thing but also to oppose Christianity by torturing and destroying all those who refuse to lick his proverbial boots.Read more ›
An interesting thing to me was that I could never put my finger on the author's own beliefs, as he gives unusually even-handed coverage to an issue which usually polarizes opinions in the Christian community (but is usually, in the end--no pun intended--unimportant).
One minor complaint is that, while one certainly shouldn't expect a book like this to be uminmpeachably fault-free, the author is clearly not an historian (as I am). As such, I noticed a few errors he made that stand correction. His dating on the life of Zoroaster is way off, and he lists Nero as the son of Marcus Aurelius (who died well over 100 years after Nero did--oops). Nero was actually the adopted son of emperor Claudius (and may have had him killed in order to take the throne). Marcus Aurelius's son is the ever-popular Commodus, one of the few Roman emperors almost as hated as Nero.
Overall, a nice, funny way to spend a few idle hours.
My ultimate fear is that people will read this book and take it seriously. To those that do, all i have to say is...SHUT UP!!! (Read the book and you'll understand!!!)
Seriously, come on people. Everyone has to learn to laugh at themselves. That's what this is all about. Even Jesus had a sense of humor, why else would all those people invite him over to their houses to eat??? I feel like the end time loonies (and you know who you are) have taken themselves too the extreme. To them I say, "Quit looking at the sky!!! Look at yourselves and laugh!!!"
I applaude Boyett for his hard work and courage to take on this controversial topic. This is an obviously well researched piece of material. From the glossary to the grab bag, this was a book I couldn't put down. Each false prediction kept getting better and better. Jason, you deserve a pat on the back and a kick in the butt!!! Well done good Sir!!!!
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A lot of the book is just regurgitated facts from other books, movies and TV. Nothing very exciting about it really visually. Very much a bathroom reading material type of book.Published on February 18, 2013 by Sir Dampier
This is a pleasing, quick read. The author has a good humorous (but factual) approach to the apocalypse. Read morePublished on August 7, 2012 by Doc Woods
This book was very informative and an easy read. It lists the names and meanings of different theories out in an easily understandable manner. Read morePublished on August 19, 2011 by JM
PLEASE don't waste your hard earned money on this book. I was VERY disappointed because it seemed as if the author was poking fun at and mocking the Bible. Read morePublished on August 13, 2010 by Amazon Customer
This book is funny, witty, and shows a knowledge of popular culture. It is not for the serious prophecy scholar. However, it does not puport to be so and is quite entertaining. Read morePublished on January 24, 2010 by Elizabeth Spinks
This book is an easy read, but chock full of information. It's also hilarious, but not to the detriment of the content. Read morePublished on June 4, 2009 by TravDAman
If you read as much theology as I do, then you probably feel the need from time to time to take a break. Read morePublished on October 18, 2008 by Trevin Wax
It's as simple as this: It's funny and satirical. It includes awards for best end-times entertainment called the "Endies" and gives a hysterical list of possible anti-christs that... Read morePublished on July 9, 2006 by A. Rush
Jason Boyett's Pocket Guide To The Apocalypse: The Official Field Manual For The End of the World is a very funny, irreverent, but accurate description of the history of... Read morePublished on June 30, 2006 by C. A. Loewen