Discovering Religion the Best Way I Know How

Finished: Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ’s Childhood Pal. Next up: Son.

Back in January of 2012, I hopped on a plane in Tel Aviv, leaving behind five months of living in Jerusalem, Israel.  I left in poor spirits; foot broken, luggage overweight, carrying my Israeli cell phone (which was NOT to leave the country by any means), heading into 24 hours of non-stop travel with an overnight layover in the Madrid airport, without cash, grateful to be heading home to family.

For what it’s worth…I did enjoy my trip for the most part.  I was just extremely ready to be home.

On the plane, I fluctuated between watching movies (as you do) and reading a book that had been recommended to me several months prior by my friend and dance instructor, Liza Grove.

It wasn’t until maybe five months after arriving home that I realized…I never finished the book.  In fact, this was a book that I had thoroughly enjoyed while on my flight from Tel Aviv to Madrid, had made me laugh out loud on several occasions, (much to the annoyance of my neighbor on the flight,) and I had never even made it past roughly 100 pages.

So the most recent book that I completed for my challenge was #50, A Book You Started but Never Finished.

Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ’s Childhood Pal by Christopher Moore is a book that I can only describe as “Hilarious. Hysterical. Sacrilege. Dense. Soooooo funny.”

Though it took me two (and a half, arguably) efforts to get through (the middle bits are some tough reading…) I finally finished it today.  And I truly feel as if I can appreciate it all the more since on Thursday, I had the misfortune of sitting through a pre-screening of a movie called Risen (coming soon to theaters in 2016.)

Between watching Risen (which, by the way, was NOT what I signed up for after watching the trailer) and reading Lamb, I feel that my foray into the realm of Jesus-knowledge has been filled for quite a while.  My cup runneth over, as it were.  Things I never knew or cared to know have been imparted and pop-culture references in general make much more sense now.  Mind you, I have a background of movie knowledge to pull from as well.  There are only so many jokes that Mel Brooks can make in History of the World: Part 1 before I actually start paying attention to the apostles and disciples and all that crap.

In my mind, (that being the mind of a Jew with absolutely no knowledge of Jesus Christ), learning about his life (and obviously his death) is akin to learning about the works of Shakespeare.  It’s just something that I, as a pop-culture enthusiast and collector of movie knowledge/awareness, need to have some sort of idea of.

Whoda thunkit!?  I can be taught!

Now, does this mean I’m ready to go out and convert?  Hell no.  I’ll take my Passover over Easter any day.  But it does feel a bit like enlightenment.

Make of that what you will.


For my next trick, I’m going to take a drastic 180 and read #35, A Book Set in the Future.  To complete this, I’m reading Son by Lois Lowry, author of The Giver, Gathering Blue, and The Messenger.  In fact, despite coming out several years later, Son is the final book in The Giver Quartet.

#35 Son

Son is the fourth and final book in The Giver Quartet by Lois Lowry. It was preceded by Messenger, the third book of the series. The book follows Claire, the mother of Gabriel, the baby seen in The Giver. – Wikipedia

It’s been sitting on my bookshelf for at least a year now.  I figure it’s time.  (Also, since it’s targeted towards young adults (if not teens or even children,) hopefully it won’t take me as long to get through–reading Lamb took a LOT of effort.


Last but not least, Into Thin Air (A Book Based on a True Story).  I read that one a while back and managed to finish it in about a day?  Turns out, they’re taking that true story and making a movie out of it!  Check out the trailer for Everest, coming to theaters in September 18, 2015.  I’ve managed to convince several of my friends to read the book…and you should too!

Until next time!

Author: alisonlcohn

Graduated magna cum laude with a degree in Communications Advertising. Traveled a bit. Taught for two years. Administered aptitude tests for a while. Worked as a Training Associate for Guardian Mortgage and a Quiz Master for Geeks Who Drink. Now studying to get my Master's in Film in London, England. Nice to meet you!

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