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nakedpastor101: Cartoons by David Hayward Paperback – March 22, 2011
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Top Customer Reviews
If I have any complaints about the book, it's that he left out so much of his cartoons, and especially that he admits to avoiding certain topics that he has written cartoons for: church vision, money, and the gay issue.
The only other issue is the layout of a few two- and three-panel cartoons: becaues the book is oriented vertically and the two- & three- panel cartoons were published horizontally, they had to be reduced in size that are periously small for these old eyes of mine.
Having said that, what is in the book is wonderful, frustrating, & funny. And just when you find yourself pointing at others' bad church habits, the next panel stings you with something you yourself are guilty of.
Highly recommended for anyone honest about the foibles of the church and its utterly human side.
And David's work is funny. LOL funny. As the Naked Pastor, he bares his soul (not his body, sorry) about problems in the Church ... often, problems that result from rigid rules or non-acceptance or unfounded assumptions about the nature of God. Most are annotated with a bit of the thought process that went into their creation.
This book is in no way disrespectful to the Church. David is an insider; he has completed masters in Theological Studies and in Ministry and Religion, and has been pastor of several churches over 25 years. That's plenty of time for cartoonistic opinions to form, right? David admits that for this book he has purposefully chosen favorites among his less controversial drawings; rants against church vision and mission statements, and cartoons addressing the gay issue, have been omitted, so we may be drinking "Hayward light" at this time. Next time, David, lay it on us straight. We can take it.
Almost all of the cartoons here (which are reminiscent of the best New Yorker cartoons as you can see for free by going to h[...]) are on the mark, especially for those of us who have been stung by the American church. The best thing to do is laugh and put this book on the coffee table! (and love and forgive and maybe try again).
This should have been called clothedpastors101
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I had read an article by Hayward and decided to look up his cartoons. I like them. They effectively express the frustration some of us feel when churches fail to act like Christ.Published 10 months ago by Mimi
At times disturbing but seeks truth from various perspectives and, of course, with humor. Sometimes I disagree with him but the insights gained justify the challenge to my comfort.Published 16 months ago by Ken
The poignancy of David Hayward's drawings never ceases to amaze me. I force myself to only look at one or two at a time,mand to let the image's messages sink in and take root. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Thomas White-Hassler
You'll need to buy extra copies, because everyone will want to borrow it!Published on July 4, 2014 by Louise Guay
I love these cartoons as they seem to draw points and conclusions I so often have a hard time explaining in words.Published on January 15, 2014 by KDunc