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The Almost True Story Of Ryan Fisher (2008)

by Rob Stennett(Favorite Author)
3.16 of 5 Votes: 4
031027706X (ISBN13: 9780310277064)
Zondervan Publishing Company
review 1: Does every guy have an inflated view of himself? I remember back in high school and college having these visions of grandeur that were way out of proportion. It was like my head was a balloon that you could just keep blowing air into, and it would never stop inflating. I remember people, especially girls, telling me that I was full of myself. I shrugged them off like annoying gnats. My friend Steve Knoble and I started flaunting our pride as a way of laughing at our fantastically incorrigible selves. Once I scratched, "Be vein," on the Nojiri Boathouse Wall. The spelling error spoke for itself. The Almost True Story of Ryan Fisher captures this thing about guys and bottles it like pure spring water in the character of Ryan Fisher. He visits church once or twice and starts... more imagining himself as a pastor. He's not even a Christian, but he wants to save people, change their lives, create a mega-church. He develops this passing thought into a full-blown business proposal, and when his wife stumbles on it, he talks her into helping him make it a reality. Katherine's motivation is fundamentally different from his. She has always wanted to be a part of something bigger than herself. She is attracted to his zeal, to his willingness to swerve off the road into unknown territory. He might actually live up to some of the ideals that embodied the rocker she was in love with back in college. While rolling his eyes at Ryan's audacity on every page, the author, Rob Stennett, manages to make us not only sympathize, but really love him by the end. He's like the inner ego whose rear end you are constantly kicking. Stennett also puts church and Evangelical culture through the ringer. The cheerful tone keeps the book from becoming a bitter satire, and there are places where Stennett's own sincere beliefs emerge brilliantly. For instance, when Ryan enters a casino to rescue one of his flock from a gambling addiction, the description of the unhappy gamblers with glazed over eyes is poignant. Many of the things that attract people to Ryan's church, though certainly not the petting zoo and cotton candy, are things Stennett recognizes as things the church really needs. I came away from the book longing for a church with a true sense of community and Christ-like concern for the real problems of its members. The references to present popular culture might date this book pretty soon, and for the most part, it's just a fun-loving kick in the pants, but I was genuinely moved by Ryan and Katherine's lives, and to my amazement, found myself in tears at the end.
review 2: I find it hard to rate books. Was this the most amazing book I have ever read? No but for its' genre it was amazing. I listened to it rather than read it and wonder if that makes a difference. I didn't deal with annoying punctuation etc., etc. I should also mention that I love quirky books. I enjoy books that haven't been done thousands of times before and I have an odd sense of humour. I am also a conservative Christian. I loved this book because I laughed out loud many times. One time I had to pause the book because I was laughing so hard. I told my husband and my mother about some of the places I laughed over and they laughed too. This novel made me think about churches, Pastors and my own walk with Jesus. Of course, I analyze everything but I think the author not only meant to make us think but succeeded in doing so. I love a good laugh and one that has a good moral message attached is too good to be passed up. I went and got the authors other two novels from Audible tonight. That has to say something. less
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I really can't recommend this to anyone. I think I'm giving up on the free books for a while.
Talked about this book for days after I read it because it was so good.
This book is boring me to death.
Funny and touching.
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