'Awkward Moments (Not Found in Your Average) Children's Bible' Becomes Immediate Amazon #1 Bestseller
If you thought the bestselling "Go The F***k To Sleep" wasn't appropriate for children - you haven't seen anything yet! Combining real Bible verses with whimsical illustrations, "Awkward Moments (Not Found In Your Average) Children's Bible" offers much more than an irreverent gag gift for the coffee table. "The goal of the project," says author Horus Gilgamesh, "is to challenge readers from all walks of life to gain a better understanding of the content of the Bible and its context in modern day culture. The fact that our fans report shooting milk out their noses from laughter is just an added bonus."
On its very first day of online sales, Awkward Moments' loyal fans pushed the book to become the #1 Bestseller on Amazon.com's Humor & Religion category (a week before the book was set to officially release on October 31, 2013.) What started as a private online joke took a quick turn to self-publishing in order to meet the demands of the 14,000+ fans who follow the Awkward Moments Children's Bible page on Facebook. "It isn't because of anything we did to reach #1 on our first day," said Gilgamesh. "It is all because of our amazing fans - they've been begging for a book!"
Awkward Moments doesn't pull any punches as the book explores some of the most confusing and at times gruesome stories from the Bible. The 80 page book begins with two forewords - a heavily redacted preamble from Facebook's own "God," along with thoughtful notes on Biblical literacy from author David G. McAfee. Then the real fun begins with thirty-two whimsical full spread illustrations painted by the accomplished artist, Agnes Tickheathen. Starting with the Old Testament's depictions of foreskins, genetics research, rape, and unicorns, the book moves on to the New Testament to uncover little known history of the Bible's roots while asking many important questions about Jesus Christ. (Many samples from the book can be found online...)
While many of the images might stretch the limits of some people's comfort zones, the accompanying commentaries found in the back of the book bring context and relevance to each illustration that will likely challenge many readers. Each commentary also includes web links and QR codes to engage readers in active online discussions related to each illustration.
"The funny thing is - the book isn't actually a parody or satire at all," stresses the author. "We use word-for-word passages directly out of the Bible. Sure, we get a lot of hate mail. Many Christians don't like the idea of Jesus telling his disciples to 'hate everyone.' But those are His words - not ours." The book toes a fine line between tackling some of the toughest topics in the Bible while not being flippant or disrespectful toward Christians. Horus adds, "We don't want to alienate anybody. After many years in full time ministry, I am fully aware that some Christians will be angered by some of the ideas we share. On the other hand, we didn't write the Bible - we just illustrate the parts that many people would like to forget."
Though excessively labeled "NOT FOR KIDS," the illustrations are vibrant and full of life, mimicking that of the most revered children's books - at times tricking readers to not notice the real subtext of the image and verse. As a result, readers may miss the subtle nuance and innuendo hidden in the images at first glance. It is the commentaries that are included with each passage that will unveil the purpose of the illustrations and challenge many readers, bringing to light many ideas and facts that may trouble the average Christian. For example, uncovering the most original Greek translations of the New Testament where some verses have been dramatically altered through the ages in order to paint a picture of Jesus Christ that is quite different from what was intended by the original authors.