Book Review 2, Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ’s Childhood Pal by Christopher Moore

I think there will be a lot of people who might shy away from this book, and be offended by it without reading. I guess, it is one of those, “Don’t judge the book by its cover,” or aptly by its title adage.

However, I could not agree more with Moore’s argute point, “This story is not and never was meant to challenge anyone’s faith; however, if one’s faith can be shaken by stories in a humorous novel, one may have a bit more praying to do.”

We’ve read plenty of stories that have chronicled the life of Jesus Christ, his teachings, divine acts, and sacrifices but only after his thirtieth birthday. This is where Lamb comes in.

The story is told by Levi who is called Biff, who was Jesus H. Christ best friend. He was resurrected by an angel to write a new gospel that chronicled Jesus’ life from the age of six through his thirty years; Things that have not been fully disclosed in the four gospels. It talked about all the adventure and absurdly hilarious things they have done together. Also, how they suffered through the heartaches of first loves because of Maggie (Mary Magdalene), and learned about things that teenagers normally undergo, especially boys.

Then they started traveling across Asia, trying to find the three wise men that would help Jesus bar Joseph in knowing how to go about being the savior. Along with their travels, they have learned alchemy, kung-fu, yoga, invented sarcasm, explained irony, met the Yeti, loved bacon, even discovered things about sex and of course, the wonderful beans that produced black liquid; Coffee.

The book might be a tad irreverent, but it also one of the most entertaining books I’ve ever read. In fact, The book is reminiscent of  Kurt Vonnegut.

Although the book was, of course, a work of fiction(mostly at the beginning), some later parts of the book were rooted from the Gospel, and some even from the Torah. He did not make up any crap about theology. He did his research. What Moore did was to expound on the details the Bible has not fully elucidated.

I did read it twice, and it didn’t get less funny the second time around. The first time, A just came back from a business trip, decided to come by for a visit. He probably was so tired that ended up just sleeping, after eating. It was supposed to be a reunion, where we could talk about his trip. I was annoyed but what could I do (except club him in the head, perhaps), but he looked so exhausted and cozy. So, I took my Kindle and started reading. I had just discovered, Christopher Moore’s “The Dirty Job,” then and became a fan. So I searched for another book, saw Lamb and grabbed a copy. I started reading then started giggling. Lamb has made me laugh way harder than the other book. When A woke up and thought I was crying because my shoulders were shaking from mirth and hilarity, I urged him to go home because I wanted to be left alone with the book (hazards of loving a bookworm).

What was startling, despite the book being a bit cheeky, was Moore somehow has managed to touch even the cynical agnostic person like me. It makes you see Jesus and relate to him in a human perspective and yet also find yourself develop a total awe that strengthen your respect for him.

This book, I highly recommend. Even my brother who started reading it asked if I could send him a copy.

The last part answers, what does H in Jesus H. Christ stand for?



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