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How to Survive Being a Presbyterian!: A Merry Manual Celebrating the Funny Foibles of the Frozen Chosen [Paperback]

By Bob Reed (Author) & Deborah Zemke (Illustrator)
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Item description for How to Survive Being a Presbyterian!: A Merry Manual Celebrating the Funny Foibles of the Frozen Chosen by Bob Reed & Deborah Zemke...

A hilarious, tongue-in-cheek celebration of the foibles of the Frozen Chosen!

This Presby 101 handbook uses an advice format to describe Presbyterians by ostensibly addressing new members of the church. But it is a funny primer and survival manual for ALL members of the denomination! How to Survive Being a Presbyterian gently skewers the history, worship habits, and the endless committee meetings. And it covers clothing, potluck dinners, and yes, sex—as well as raising kids—all from the Presbyterian viewpoint. It's the self-help book with a difference.

You'll want to regale your friends with the little quips of the 300-year-old Percy T. Presby, who declares:

"Presbyterianism is a series of meetings occasionally interrupted by a worship service."

"The national drink of Presbyterian women is decaf coffee."

"Some Presbyterians believe that a jazz band is the Boston Pops."

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Item Specifications...

Studio: iUniverse
Pages   210
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.14" Width: 5.9" Height: 0.55"
Weight:   0.69 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jan 20, 2001
Publisher   Writers Club Press
ISBN  0595152252  
ISBN13  9780595152254  

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More About Bob Reed & Deborah Zemke

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Bob Reed is a proud native of Marcus, Iowa, who spent twenty-five years building and managing public television stations and serving as an executive at PBS. He has also served as a publisher and professor and is a speaker at numerous national and international meetings, seminars, and trade shows. He has penned many nonfiction books, as well as "The Potluck Dinner That Went Astray, Other Tales of Christian Life", and "How to Survive Being a Presbyterian". Bob currently lives in Orlando, Florida, and thinks that his very presence on this earth is proof that God has an unusual sense of humor.

Bob Reed was born in 1942.

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There's a reason why it was self-published  Jan 24, 2005
Filled with witty, insider observations like noting that Presbyterian women prefer to drink decaf coffee (what a whacky group those Presbyterians are), if this book is a representative example of Presbyterian humor, then we have one clue that helps explain the decline of mainline Protestantism. Valuable as a gift to give a PCUSA minister that you don't know very well for Christmas, I guess, though he or she will likely stick it on a pile of other unread copies.
The Joys of Being Presbyterian  Feb 13, 2004
If you want a lighthearted look at the joys and idiosyncrasies of being a Presbyterian, this book is for you. Bob Reed takes our "Presbyterian Culture" and talks about it in ways that will have most long time Presbyterians giggling and nodding our heads.

His subtitle of the book is "A Merry Manual Celebrating the Funny Foibles of the Frozen Chosen." If you "take exception" to that nickname, well, so do I; but moving beyond it you will read and reflect upon all sorts of things that make us Presbyterian that do not appear in, say, the Book of Order or the creeds and confessions of our denomination.

The cover has two sidebars that say "Secrets Revealed!" and "Now it can be told!"-All in good fun, Bob Reed tells us the distinctive and sometimes hilarious things that make Presbyterians Presbyterian. From Reed's take on the Presbyterian dress code to "A Presbyterian's Idea of Hell on Earth" there is much that will give you a chance to think about what matters to us, and wonder just why in the world it does!

Author Reed has a vivid imagination and he has invented a little imaginary Presbyterian friend, called Percy T. Presby. Dressed in clothing you might expect to see in Colonial Williamsburg, from the three-corner hat down to the buckles on his shoes, Percy takes us all on a journey of discovery of Presbyterianism. Percy is very much like a Presbyterian version of Ben Franklin's "Poor Richard" (as in Poor Richard's Almanac), with all kinds of short memorable, one-liners.

These pithy quotations would be great discussion starters round the table or in a meeting... Here is an example: "Percy T. Presby's Thoughts About Meetings: `When it is apparent that the vote on an issue will me unanimous, there will usually be one negative vote, because many Presbyterians think unanimity on anything is probably against God's will.'" (page 46).

Whether you are brand new to the wonderful world of the Presbyterian Church or have been a part of it from the cradle roll on, you will find much to ponder and enjoy. Also included is "the Presbyterian National Anthem"-no I will not have our choir sing it for you-but it is also worth a chuckle.

If you find this review helpful you might want to read some of my other reviews, including those on subjects ranging from biography to architecture, as well as religion and fiction
This is one funny book! The author takes on Presbyterians from an "inside the church" angle. It's a warm and gentle spoof of our denomination that imparts some real information about the founders and basic beliefs of our church.

I discovered it from an article in the Tampa paper that talked about its "insightful witticisms." It has that. This is not a serious tome but rather a good and humorous look at everything Presbyterian.

I have given it to my pastor and some church friends. It makes a good gift. I recommend it to all Presbyterians who want a good laugh.

Kay Gordon, Orlando

Committe Jokes OK  Jan 19, 2003
I got this book expecting humerous explanations of Presbyterian philosophy. It has a lot of cute jokes, but has very little food for thought in terms of Christian or philisophical content. I reccomend this for the Presbyterian committee member with a sense of humor. It's also a mildly good joke gift for a church leader. I wouldn't particularly reccomend buying it for your Sunday school class, though.
A broadly satirical but earnest and warm-hearted look at the peculiarities of Presbyterianism, "How To Survive Being a Presbyterian!" is a delightful little book that will amuse and inform everyone who opens its cover. Author Bob Reed covers a wide range of topics, from the beginning of the Reformed tradition to modern worship practices, including deft (albeit exaggerated) illustrations of typical churchmembers' personalities down to what color car Presbyterians should drive. Reed's text is highlighted by clever observations of the fictional Percy T. Presby, a 300-year old parson with a keen eye and a sharp tongue who has something to say about creation, prayers, confession, women, and just about everything else. A clever and informative book that should please any Presbyterian, or anyone who ever wondered what the Reformed Church is all about. Definitely recommended.

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