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And God Said, Billy! - A Novel (edició 2013)

de Frank Schaeffer

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From the New York Times bestselling author of Crazy For God... "And God Said 'Billy ' is laugh-out loud funny from page one. It's downright insightful throughout and takes readers deep into the shallow psyche of a sincere Charismatic-Evangelical whose God fails him. That failure turns out, through a hilarious series of tragic-comic reversals, to be - let's just say something close to miraculous. I love this novel." -- Brian D. McLaren, author/speaker/blogger. "Honest, humorous and sure to rankle those who believe that being human means being certain." -- Kevin Miller director of "Hellbound?" the movie. "When the family business is religion, it is especially perilous. To millions of evangelical Christians, the Schaeffer name is royal, and Frank Schaeffer is the reluctant, wayward, traitorous prince. His crime... is turning his back on Christian conservatives." The New York Times. "Frank Schaeffer exposes the insanity and the corruption of what has become a powerful and frightening force in American politics... As someone who has made redemption his work, he has, in fact, shown amazing grace." -- Jane Smiley Pulitzer Prize winner and author of A Thousand Acres. And God Said, "Billy " is a darkly comic coming-of-age story written by the master story teller that House of Sand and Fog author Andre Dubus III hailed as the funniest American writer since Mark Twain. The story is set in the 1980s and is about Billy, a young fundamentalist Christian who feels called to go to Hollywood to make "God's movie." But everything goes off the rails when he accepts a job to direct a soft-porn slasher/exploitation film in apartheid-era South Africa. He makes this "It's a deal not a movie" picture even though he has to bust the US entertainment industry's anti-apartheid sanctions in hopes his "worldly movie" will be "used by God" as a "stepping stone" to making his own divinely sanctioned "End Times" picture. Billy loses his fundamentalist faith, his film career, his family and mo… (més)
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Títol:And God Said, Billy! - A Novel
Autors:Frank Schaeffer
Informació:Outskirts Press (2013), Paperback, 326 pages
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Semi-biographical yet not at all true,Schaeffer's book, is a manically funny first person narrative of Billy, a true "fool for God," who hears the voice of God directly. Led by an Abrahamic call, leaving his family and tiny echo chamber of a church, Billy sets off to write and direct a movie that God has dictated to him. Billy's manic mind, impregnanted with the the "Truth" as interpreted by Pastor Bob, leads him to live a bizarre life of semi-nomadic petty survival crimes that are implicitly approved by God as means to an end. As Billy's internal and external journey continue, he begins to be mocked and then threatened by God as his conscience and homesickness struggle against the world as Pastor Bob and God have told him it is. Emboldened by his sense of of purpose, Billy unwittingly falls into a money laundering scheme and becomes the director of a movie that is to be filmed in South Africa during Apartheid. Although Billy continues his deranged optimism amid the injustices of Apartheid, he also continues his petty criminal spree which brings him to the attention of a Calvanist sadistic policeman and eventually exile into the desert. I can't tell you more as you must follow Billy's journey yourself as he follows his fate from his family, to "New Midian," (Hollywood), South Africa and beyond. Like all "journey" stories it is Billy's internal journey which is the mosy important. Billy's life is led by his literal interpretation of Christian scripture. His journey and his interpretation of scripture become jumbled and change, seemingly randomly, but in the end purposefully. ( )
  smasler | Aug 6, 2014 |
Schaeffer chronicles the journey of Billy Graham, a fundamental evangelical Christian who is on a crusade for God. Billy’s journey is at once funny and sad. It is funny in the telling as we encounter Billy’s initial adventures and the way he understands God’s presence in his life. It is also sad at the same time as the reader realizes how close Billy is to the truth of the Christian experience for some. Billy’s journey takes him from Hollywood to South Africa to a desert monastery, and at the same time from a very narrow perspective of faith to a subtle, more organic form of faith that offers a deeper anchor in the midst of the difficulties, heartache and pain of life that he has experienced. Billy’s faith is torn down brick by brick and slowly, tenderly rebuilt one brick at a time. Schaeffer does not suggest that one faith tradition is better than another or that one is less rigid in its structure than another, instead he offers us the understanding that religion, even at its best, and institutional church, even at its best, are the instruments to set us on the path toward God. But they can never become a substitute for the encounter with God and they cannot replace faith with policy and doctrine, creed and theology. Instead, we must recognize the value of them only as they enhance our faith journey and enable a deeper understanding of a God that is active in the world through us. It is in the final chapters that we as the reader, like Billy, come to the reality that faith and not institutional religion is the answer we seek for our journey. Billy’s story is a wonderful tale of a person who must lose his faith to find it, and in finding himself, in finding out finally and completely who he truly is, he once again finds the faith he lost and finds that it much more shaded, toned, colored and variegated than he had ever realized before. Faith for Billy, and for us, in its most simplistic and dogmatic forms cannot be flexible enough for the deepest crises of life – it is the organic faith that Billy finds in the desert that offers him the deepest encounter of God in the end. This is the wonderful ending of the book, bringing us, along with Billy, to the fullest realization of our faith journey. But never fear, I have not offered you a spoiler, for Schaeffer has a few final surprises left before the last page, and his story-telling will keep you turning pages until you are there. ( )
  Al-G | Oct 1, 2013 |
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From the New York Times bestselling author of Crazy For God... "And God Said 'Billy ' is laugh-out loud funny from page one. It's downright insightful throughout and takes readers deep into the shallow psyche of a sincere Charismatic-Evangelical whose God fails him. That failure turns out, through a hilarious series of tragic-comic reversals, to be - let's just say something close to miraculous. I love this novel." -- Brian D. McLaren, author/speaker/blogger. "Honest, humorous and sure to rankle those who believe that being human means being certain." -- Kevin Miller director of "Hellbound?" the movie. "When the family business is religion, it is especially perilous. To millions of evangelical Christians, the Schaeffer name is royal, and Frank Schaeffer is the reluctant, wayward, traitorous prince. His crime... is turning his back on Christian conservatives." The New York Times. "Frank Schaeffer exposes the insanity and the corruption of what has become a powerful and frightening force in American politics... As someone who has made redemption his work, he has, in fact, shown amazing grace." -- Jane Smiley Pulitzer Prize winner and author of A Thousand Acres. And God Said, "Billy " is a darkly comic coming-of-age story written by the master story teller that House of Sand and Fog author Andre Dubus III hailed as the funniest American writer since Mark Twain. The story is set in the 1980s and is about Billy, a young fundamentalist Christian who feels called to go to Hollywood to make "God's movie." But everything goes off the rails when he accepts a job to direct a soft-porn slasher/exploitation film in apartheid-era South Africa. He makes this "It's a deal not a movie" picture even though he has to bust the US entertainment industry's anti-apartheid sanctions in hopes his "worldly movie" will be "used by God" as a "stepping stone" to making his own divinely sanctioned "End Times" picture. Billy loses his fundamentalist faith, his film career, his family and mo

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