Title: The Fob Bible
Author: Eric W Jepson, Danny Nelson, Arwen Taylor, Samantha Larsen Hastings, B.G. Christensen, Sarah E. Jenkins, Ryan McIlvains, William C. Bishop
Publisher: Peculiar Pages
Release Date: June 1, 2009
ISBN: 978-0-9817696-9-1, 0-9817696-9-1
Size: 6×9 hardcover 265pp / seven ebook formats (EPUB, HTML, IMP, LIT, LRF, PDF, PRC)
This book is NOT eligible for a Whitney award; it is a collection of short stories.
The Fob Bible is a collection of short stories, poetry and drama based on the Old Testament. Some feature classic characters like Solomon and Jonah while others focus on side characters such as Goliath’s mother or Job’s wives. The startling power of some of these works balances with moments of hilarity such as in “A Travel Agent’s Description of Egypt, Circa Moses” and “From the Desk of Baal’s Secretary.” Together they create a thoughtful and provocative volume inspired by the foundational text of our civilization, proof that it continues to inspire and inform us in these latter days.
(All proceeds from the sales of this book (less publication costs) are donated to LDS Humanitarian Services. Purchasing directly from http://peculiarpages.com results in nearly double the donation given when purchasing through Amazon or other fine retailers.)
Also available: Plain and Precious Parts from the Fob Bible is electronic-only selections from the full Fob Bible available to read online (http://b10mediaworx.com/peculiarpages/fobbible/pppfobbible.htm) or in seven ebook formats (EPUB, HTML, IMP, LIT, LRF, PDF, PRC). Plain and Precious is free with the exception of the Kindle version which costs 99 cents. It consists of four short stories and fourteen poems and runs from humorous to thought-provoking to inspiring.
I enjoyed this book – I laughed at some parts, cried at others. But what I liked most was that it made me think deeply about how we interpret Old Testament stories and use them in our faith. It made me consider the human side of the Old Testament…and that is quite an achievement indeed.
I've posted a two part review essay elsewhere (Part I, Part II), but I'll say here that I really enjoyed the revisionary aspect of this book, which is made all the more better because each piece within the whole is of high quality. I give it five stars.