March 2016 Book List

This month brought in plenty of changes and the random moments of snow and rain were only the beginning.  To start, March began the kick off for family weddings that will continue throughout the summer, contained numerous adventures in Costa Rica and saw the start of new jobs along with the possibility of starting graduate school in the coming fall.  With lots to balance and facilitate, March developed into a month of only taking on one book.  With Easter at the end of the month, what better choice than one related to religion, spirituality and humor?  Rather than indulge in multiple books, I found it better to savor one book and take in every word.  What book could I be talking about?  None other than . . .

Lamb

I’ve loved Christopher Moore’s books before, including A Dirty Job, a story about a man who is assigned the task of becoming Death, and You Suck, a love story about vampires that’s infinitely better than the Twilight series.  So, when I heard continuous praise for Lamb, I knew I had to read it.  Always outrageously humorous, Moore takes on the story of Biff, Jesus’ childhood friend, who tells of how Jesus (known as Joshua to Biff) became the Messiah and how he grew up from his childhood years to his thirties when he was crucified and resurrected, a gap in the Bible’s chapters.  Biff, is the opposite of his savior friend, but despite his screw ups, he never leaves Joshua’s side as Joshua leaves home to determine whether or not he is the Messiah, the lessons he’s supposed to teach people and how he will free his people from the Romans.  The imaginative magicians, demons and creatures Joshua encounters show his powers as the Savior, but what became interesting to me is how Joshua takes teachings from other religions while traveling through Asia and the Middle East and incorporates them into his ideas and teachings.  Equally intriguing is the story of Biff and Joshua’s friend, Mary Magdalena (or “Maggie), and how the various characters from the Bible come into and develop the story.  It’s not done without wit, hilarity and honesty of Biff, Joshua’s friend and complete opposite.

Now that Easter has come and gone, I’m entertained and inspired by this month’s read to look on religion and spirituality in a different light.  It seems that although there are many different beliefs, everything is connected and has a purpose to inspire us to take action and move forward and life.  Speaking of which, I’ll be moving forward in a new direction soon and can’t wait for the next step of my journey.  Until these things take shape, I’ll be thinking of spring, getting outside and my favorite sports in next month’s books.

What books have inspired you to think of faith differently?  What other books do you recommend to combine faith and humor?

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