I just finished reading a book by Christopher Moore titled Lamb: the Gospel According to Biff. The book was recommended to me by a couple of family members who said it was very funny. They weren’t wrong.
The book is a clever and amusing take on the life of Jesus (“Joshua” in the book) — specifically, the years that are missing from the actual gospels — as told by Joshua’s constant companion and best friend Biff. From the back of the book:
“Verily, the story Biff has to tell is a miraculous one, filled with remarkable journeys, magic, healings, kung fu, corpse reanimations, demons, and hot babes.”
This book is definitely for those with a healthy sense of humor. There’s plenty of swearing and humorous sex — stuff most people don’t want to associate with their savior. Although it’s written in a modern vernacular, Joshua’s character and message stay true to commonly held beliefs, even if he does say the ‘F’ word on occasion.
If you can hang with all that, you’ll be rewarded with clever and constant jokes, puns and sarcasm (which Biff invents, then immediately regrets once the Son of God picks it up and starts using it on him).
We all know how Joshua’s story ends, and yet I was still surprisingly moved by Moore’s treatment of the event. This book is as much about Biff as it is his holy friend, and I found him to be a thoughtful, humorous and engaging narrator.
Pick this one up from the local library — you won’t be sorry.