Item description for The Mantra of Jabez: Break on Through to the Other Side by Douglas M. Jones...
Overview Are you ready to reach for the most profound sort of immaturity? Just chant the Jabez mantra, and God will make you into something like a little canned fish, vacuum sealed from temptation and ready to be eaten without satisfying anybody. Soon you too will feel an adrenaline rush that you can call the Holy Spirit and use it to jusify any fool thing you want to say. It's it's it's like Harry Potter for modern Evangelicals!
Publishers Description Bruce Wilkinson's best-selling book, 'The Prayer of Jabez, ' is so popular with Evangelicals it just had to be bad. Wilkinson told us to be gimpers for God; Jones shows us how to be kippers for God. In this parody the conservative Christian author allows humor to reveal the more ridiculous assumptions driving the original book. Each chapter of the original is turned inside out so that we can really see what's being said. Though the parody is rather ruthless in its humor, it is not hopelessly cynical just for the sake of mockery. It points to a more constructive vision, a vision of Christianity's inherent riches of truth, beauty, and goodness that the original Jabez book passively trivializes. Get this parody for the laughs; get it for something greater.
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Studio: Canon Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 6.24" Width: 4.48" Height: 0.22" Weight: 0.1 lbs.
Release Date Nov 1, 2001
Publisher Canon Press
ISBN 1885767889 ISBN13 9781885767882
Reviews - What do customers think about The Mantra of Jabez: A Christian Parody?
Jammin' with Jabez Oct 12, 2006
The good folks at Credenda/Agenda, a journal of Reformed theology and opinion, have issued a line of parodies skewering various forms of silliness that have overtaken the Evangelical Protestant landscape. Any who have read Credenda/Agenda know it is sometimes caustic, usually challenging, and always Calvinist. This series shows they can also be extremely funny - shattering the common image of Reformed folk as people whom God has predestined to be humorless.
Douglas M. Jones' The Mantra of Jabez is a biting and at times almost cruel parody of the "name-it-and-claim-it" theology plaguing much of Evangelicalism and especially prevalent in the hoopla surrounding Bruce Wilkinson's The Prayer of Jabez. The concern for earthly comforts, the disdain for the spiritual value of suffering, and the reliance on "quick fixes" that seem to range fromt the formulaic to the superstitious all are skewered as Jones aims at the pinnacle of pop Evangelical "devotions".
The fact that a relatively obscure Scriptural passage concerning a relatively obsure individuak could be taken completely out of context and transformed into a "sure fire" prayer to turn one's life around demonstrates the increasing banality of the Evangelical landscape. The difficulty in sustaining a parody is that the original is so bland as to make satire difficult. Great parody requires either distinguishable characteristics or an "over the top" execution to highlight and lampoon. The Prayer of Jabez is so horribly bland that it is little more than a Christianized infomercial. Jones does the best he can do given such bland material and to his credit manages more than a few laughs.
Although not as knockdown funny as one might hope, The Mantra of Jabez is still a worthwhile read. If nothing else, it manages to point out the increasing triviality rampant in American Evangelicalism. The problem is will those who follow Wilkinson's book realize this one is a parody?
True premise, poor delivery Mar 16, 2005
There's not doubt in my mind that Wilkinson's Prayer of Jabez is on theologically shakey ground (which is why I was interested in reading this book). However, so is the smarmy sarcasm of this author in response to Wilkinson's errors. Clearly from scripture we are to confront false teaching but it is to always be tempered by the fruit of the Spirit. Sarcasm is not listed in my Bible as part of the fruit of the spirit. Straightforward apologetics is certainly called for in the face of false teaching but to build a ministry around sarcastic parody is quite frankly not Christlike. The author also obviously has some theological axes to grind beyond what is covered in the Prayer of Jabez which come through in this little ditty as well.
Good parody, terrific critique Nov 24, 2003
I believe the best thing about Doug Jones' work here is not the hilarity of his parody, but the soundness of his critique. Having read Prayer of Jabez a while back, a lot of the more pointed jabs elicited guffaws from me. The satire really is good. But what I really liked about this book - particularly in contrast with Nathan Wilson's parody, Right Behind - is that Mr. Jones really showed quite powerfully exactly what was wrong with Wilkinson's position, and I thought he offered a brief but substantial explanation throughout of better ways to view things. He wasn't just making fun of the book; he was also offering a replacement.
So in short: good parody, but the critique of modern evangelicalism was the real gem. Gives a short, concise summary of some of the problems in the church today, and offers a glimpse of some of the solutions. Swell book.
hilarious with some striking bits for thought Dec 23, 2002
This was refreshing. I thought the original book assumed a lot that isn't necessarily true, even abusing some people's desire for earnest faith, and this book underscored that. The author boils it down to "immaturity", which is both funny and true.
Not to be taken too seriously, of course - they do warn the reader of this on the back cover: "This is a parody, for Pete's sake!" - and I enjoyed it. They refer too much to "Right Behind" (the sister parody book), so it's kind of over the top. And they don't nail every obvious theological aspect that I had thought important. But the section lampooning the "airplane" personal example had some very pointed thoughts about how we view life and other people, which I found unexpectedly worth the whole book. Worth your three bucks!
Great stuff, Great paradoy----It's a joke son Oct 23, 2002
The mantra takes a good and needed poke at the "prayer". There will be so many who don't understand satire. The book addresses problems with the "prayer". I kept waiting for the mantra to explain how it all works in the framework of vain and repetitious prayers. Too bad many Christians don't have a sense of humor.