It’s here, my darlings, it’s finally here! At long last, Really Terrible Bible Stories vol. I: Genesis is now available at Amazon! Worldwide, even! It’s allliiiiivvvveeee!!!
I may be a touch hyper-excited. It’s my first book-baby and all.
Those of you who’ve been regulars at the cantina know what it’s all about, of course. You’ve gotten to read all the excerpts! For those just tuning in, here’s the book description:
Every day, worldwide, people hand a book to children that’s filled with graphic adult content. It features genocide, incest, murder, rape, animal sacrifice, slavery, and more. And that’s just the stuff the heroes get up to in the first few chapters.
How can people get away with foisting this appalling book on young kids? Why do folks believe them when they say it’s the best source for morality known to humankind? Because it’s the Holy Bible.
In Really Terrible Bible Stories vol. I, Dana Hunter takes off the rosy religion-tinted glasses and reads the Book of Genesis in plain light. From childhood favorites to pulpit perennials, she explores awful details of these stories that are normally glossed over. With cutting humor (and plenty of cursing), she lays the sordid details bare.
This book is not safe for work. It’s not suitable for children. It may even get you banned from polite society. But every single really terrible story within comes straight from the Holy Bible.
When I started this project, I was just going for some really terrible Bible verses to put on inspirational photos, sort of like this:
But the further I read, the more horrified I became. This stuff is really terrible. And by the time I hit Exodus, I knew I had to go back and start writing up the worst bits. I meant it as a series of blog posts, but before I knew it, I had the first draft of a book manuscript in my hands. When this shit happens, you just go with it.
Reading the Bible in two translations, and getting to know these stories in-depth, has been invaluable. I run across a lot of fundamentalist Christians who like to claim all their nonsense is Biblically based. Seeing the source text for myself allows me to see where they’re ignoring context, or just flat-out denying the words on the page. I’ve had the chance to compare my childhood impressions and lessons to the actual text. That’s been quite eye-opening – we really try to put a sweet spin on some horrific stories for the kiddies, which I find abhorrent. Reading it has been helpful for talking to those people who’ve sucked up all the cultural kool-aid about how beautiful and perfect and good the Bible is. Because seriously, objectively – a huge portion of it is awful. It’s time we stopped denying that, and faced this book for what it is, without trying to pretend it’s something it most certainly is not.
Really Terrible Bible Stories vol. I strips away the cultural camouflage, and lays those Genesis stories bare.
I hope you enjoy this first volume in the Really Terrible Bible Stories series. Check out the following excerpts if you haven’t already, and if you like, by all means – go ahead and buy!
All the thanks to my cantina regulars, without whom this book never would have been possible. You rock my world, my darlings!