Book Review: How to Be a Perfect Christian

If I can enjoy this book (immensely, at that), I bet anyone can!Most people don’t know this about me, but I can’t stand sarcasm. I don’t care for snarky humor and can’t ever find an actual need for it in conversation.

You need to know this about me because it will tell you how well this book is written. Its satirical tone throughout did not irk me!

Have you read any articles by The Babylon Bee? Have friends shared them on facebook with concern, believing their words to be literal? If not, go check out babylonbee.com and see what I’m talking about. Open a new tab so you can come back and read the rest of my review. 😉

The back of the book describes the website well:

The Babylon Bee is today’s most popular source of Christian satire. This trusted fountain of humor consistently shines a spotlight on modern Christian cultural quirks. As it pokes fun at all-too-familiar trends and traditions, it calls each of us to a truer understanding of real biblical faith…

How to Be a Perfect Christian walks the reader through all major steps to becoming just the opposite, really. Its paradoxical way of guiding you to achieve perfection, as viewed by a self-centered person, is partially hilarious and partially gut-wrenching.

I believe the authors are so in love with Jesus and His Church that they are using their pretty spectacular writing skills to point out flaws in modern “Christianity” in a unique way.

I can easily imagine that there are people who won’t like this book. But I would bet that those same people are struggling (or guilty) in whatever area/section of the book that bothered them. I can’t help but wonder if I’d have strongly reacted to certain sections myself if I hadn’t read The Bait of Satan last year (oops, I forgot to write a review on it! Look it up, it’s by John Bevere).

From how we try to photograph our “perfect” personal Bible study to the common phrases we use to excuse ourselves to how to give off an aura of perfection when you’re really crumbling inside, this book covers an incredible amount of depth in such a quick read.

This could be your next small group’s book study. With each chapter touching on huge subjects, spreading out the reading of it might be a good thing. Give yourself time to absorb it: laugh at the peculiar habits Christians can pick up and then allow the conviction to penetrate, discovering ways to better act what we say we believe.

Typically I love to share quotes from books I read, but each quote needs so much explanation or understanding of the build-up to it, just take my word for it: this is a must-read. Pop it up higher on your “to read” Goodreads bookshelf.

Hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

I received this book free from the publisher through the Waterbrook Multnomah book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

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