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Publication Date: 2010
Becky Garrison is a Contributing Editor for Sojourners. Her books include The New Atheist Crusaders and Their Unholy Grail, Rising from the Ashes: Rethinking Church, and Red and Blue God, Black and Blue Church. Her additional writing credits include work for The Wittenburg Door, Geez, Killing the Buddha, and Religion Dispatches, as well as various other odd and sundry publications.
mojoTexasAge: 35-44Gender: male4 Stars Out Of 5September 2, 2010mojoTexasAge: 35-44Gender: maleBecky Garrisons latest book Jesus Died for This? Is a Satirists look at that part of the world that claims to be Christs followers. Chapter by chapter, Garrison takes her readers through several places in the world and some key events of her life, all the while narrating her journey through her witty and sometimes dark lens. Even though Garrison says she is the offspring of Karl and Nancy Garrison (a story Garrison tells you in chapter nine) her authors dialogue sounds more like what I would expect the daughter of Dennis Miller and Kathleen Madigan to sound like. And in case you dont know what a satirist is, Garrison will tell you on page 101, Were the mavericks, the visionaries who buck hierarchy and prefer to work solowere also the ones who say what has to be said without giving a rip who we offend. Hence we often find ourselves standing alone in a field because no one wants to be near us for fear we might shoot their sacred cow. That said, this isnt reading for the average pew filler, or mascara wearing, bible belt, TBN supporter. Garrison is quick to fire her wit (and charm) at everything from the Holy Land to Christian conferences, to her own family, to comic con to Joel Olsteen and back again. My only criticism (and who am I to judge a published and respected writer, stop reading my review and buy her book) is that sometimes the chapters felt connected, as if she were taking me on a Bruce Feiler-esque journey and other times it felt as though I was reading entries out of her personal diary (and maybe those two are actually the same thing, I dont know).But each chapter entry does seem to ask that same question Jesus died for this? He died for consumerism? For the emergent church? For the crystal cathedrals Christmas program? For Pastor conferences? For church smart alecks? For fundies?I liked the book, its certainly not something I have read before or a book I could compare with others in my pastoral library.