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And God Said, "Billy!": A Novel

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 15, 2013

    First things first: This book loses a star because of bad editin

    First things first: This book loses a star because of bad editing. The lack of quality editing leaves Schaeffer's prose contrived in some areas, with abrupt transitions that could lead a reader to wonder if "And God Said, "Billy!" is actually two stories published as one book. I'm inclined to suggest that Mr. Schaeffer retract the book, hand it over to a good editor, and re-release it after revision.

    Now onto the rest:

    This *is* one story, and one book, but Frank Schaffer is a trickster, taking his readers one way and then the next. It begins with a narrator whose brain has been taken over by American evangelical/charismatic doublespeak. While readers might find this initially amusing or annoying, we eventually begin to see that Billy is deeply ill and that his lingo is perhaps the one thing holding him together.

    I won't give away too much of the plot, other than to say that despite his kleptomania and the religious buffering of his psyche, aspiring film-maker Billy almost manages some semblance of success, only to encounter an evil that nearly defeats him. Grace intervenes, though, and begins to restore him to sanity.

    A personal sidenote:

    20+ years ago I was a college student, feminist and abortion-rights activist. Frank (or "Franky," as we knew him back then) was anti-abortion crusader and mouthpiece for the religious right. In my own mind, he became a mythical nemesis who irked me to no end. In fact, I strongly felt that he was an obnoxious little twerp who needed a good spanking.

    What I find interesting is that, over two decades later, Schaeffer managed to write something so uniquely nurturing to my mind and soul. Redemption *narratives* can be problematic for many reasons, but what Shaffer has managed to do with this novel is create a redemption *myth*, that, like most good myths, acts as a salve while pointing the way to further healing.

    And I am grateful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 15, 2013

    Another thoroughly enjoyable read from Frank Schaeffer. With hi

    Another thoroughly enjoyable read from Frank Schaeffer.

    With his cutting wit and a deep understanding of the inner workings of the evangelical mind - Frank manages to make us see the absurdity of literal fundamentalist teachings while still respecting and leaving the door open to faith.

    Both enjoyable and moving.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 24, 2013

    Is this downing on christians?

    Im a christian and i hate how the world is always hating on us! What did we ever do to everyone else? It confuses me so much why people are hateful towards us other than being jealous of our relationship wirh God. Its sad that people act impulsivly hateful because they cant have what we have. A loving God.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 20, 2013

    Not the Frank Schaeffer I used to know

    I couldn't get past the first few pages of this painful attempt at irreverent humor. I finally put it down to go and google the once-brilliant Franky Schaeffer and find out what happened to him that has made him so obviously bitter towards evangelical Christians. My search, of course, didn't really reveal to me the condition of his heart or his standing with God, but it did make clear that the author of this book is a troubled man. If you, like me, were looking for a humorous and honest look at evangelicalism, do yourself a favor and keep looking. This book has nothing to offer you. You might also say a prayer for Franky Schaeffer.

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