for the cheesiest Christian book title!
Back on Valentine’s Day, BrunetteKoala — one of the respondents to my Christian Bookshops — who needs them? thread — launched a competition to find the daftest Christian book title. So c’mon everybody, let’s have a bit of fun over the bank holiday weekend, get over there and post our suggestions…
My vote goes to one that hasn’t even been published yet: forthcoming (September 2008 ) from the otherwise fairly sensible folk at Baker Publishing, The Purse-uit of Holiness: Learning to Imitate the Master Designer. Does Christian publishing get more tacky than this?
From the publisher’s blurb:
Every woman can relate to the endless search for the perfect purse. And Rhonda Rhea knows, they are also on a constant lookout for the perfect spiritual life as well. Now any woman who loves to laugh and who longs to know God in a closer, sweeter way need shop no further than The Purse-uit of Holiness
No doubt the book has some excellent content: it’s supposed to be “an in-depth but always entertaining study of 1 Peter 1:15-16.”
But even so, can’t help thinking, if I was Jesus I’d either rename myself Cheesus and hop on the next flight to Hollywood or simply top myself in despair rather than wait for them to come and crucify me. I ask you, dear people: is this really what Jesus died for? Is this really what the radical, life-changing, turn-the-world-upside-down message of the gospel has degenerated into? I’m all for humour — there’s no denying that Jesus was a bit of a joker himself — but can’t help thinking this sort of thing really takes the biscuit…
Women readers: please do tell: would you buy this book? How do books like this for Christian women make you feel? Affirmed? Insulted? Or something else entirely?
Cheese and biscuits, anyone??