Item description for Pocket Guide To The Apocalypse: The Official Field Manual For The End Of The World by Jason Boyett...
Overview In this humorous look at today's culture's ongoing love affair with the "End Times," the author provides a handful of anecdotes, acknowledgments of the phenomenon in pop culture and insights that precede each chapter.
Publishers Description THE END IS ALL KINDS OF NIGH. So go ahead and start with the panicky noises. Then, crack open this handy book. It's your comprehensive guide to the last days, a must-have for apocalypse watchers, readers of Revelation and all-around Armageddon obsessives. Inside you'll find valuable information like: -- A brief history of the end of the world -- The Apocalyptionary (a glossary of the end) -- Candidates for the Antichrist -- Fun with eschatology -- The Endies (a salute to end-times entertainment) ...and several other slightly alarmist and conspiracy-minded categories. Doomsday has never been so much fun
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Studio: Relevant Books
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 7" Width: 5.08" Height: 0.48" Weight: 0.34 lbs.
Release Date Mar 29, 2005
Publisher CHARISMA HOUSE #135
ISBN 0976035715 ISBN13 9780976035718
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More About Jason Boyett
Jason Boyett is not a professional theologian or historian but that hasn't stopped him from writing this book. His work has appeared in a variety of publications as well as on his blog (www.jasonboyett.com). He lives in Texas with his wife and children. The Pocket Guide Series explains complex religious subjects with a lethal dose of educational hilarity, guided by the author's insatiable curiosity, humor, and gentle irreverence. The Pocket Guide series includes Pocket Guide to Sainthood, Pocket Guide to the Bible, and this book. Discover more at www.pocketguidesite.com.
Jason Boyett currently resides in Amarillo, in the state of Texas.
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Reviews - What do customers think about Pocket Guide To The Apocalypse: The Official Field Manual For The End Of The World?
Pick up this book!!!!! Jul 10, 2006
It's as simple as this: It's funny and satirical. It includes awards for best end-times entertainment called the "Endies" and gives a hysterical list of possible anti-christs that will have you rolling on the floor.
Theology Served With A Large Helping Of Humor and Wit Jul 1, 2006
Jason Boyett's Pocket Guide To The Apocalypse: The Official Field Manual For The End of the World is a very funny, irreverent, but accurate description of the history of eschatology; the study of the end of the world. Though his humor follows rabbit trails such as the possible identity of the Antichrist (with humorous in-depth comparisons between Bill Gates and Bill Clinton and others as potential Beasts), the greatest contribution is Boyett's simple and succinct description of the various doctrines concerning the specifics of the dogma of the Second Coming of Christ. With tongue firmly in cheek, we are treated to very clear representations of the five major views of the Second Coming of Christ that are present in Christendom today.
The largest section of the book is two chapters throughout history of failed predictions of the end of the world starting from 2000 BC all the way to modern day. Laughing all the way you are introduced to the Shakers, the Jehovah's Witnesses (who win the award for failed predictions of Christ's return), C. I Scofield (a shady-appearing character who had a major impact on Christian eschatology), and the travesty of Edgar C. Whisenant's predictions of the return of Christ in the late `80's. Along the way, are some absolutely hilarious definitions of words such as tribulation, ragnorak, the Rapture, and even Leonard Bernstein.
For those who believe serious theology can't be taught with mirth, you may want to steer clear, but for those of us who believe there can be laughter in the Holy of Holies, this is a book to be enjoyed and shared.
Silly eschatological fun Aug 17, 2005
I bought this book on a whim and really enjoyed it. It's a sort of Dave Barry's Travel Guide to the End Times. There's not much else I can say that hasn't already been said by the other reviewers, but this book really was a treat. Boyett's "snarky" tone is perfect for the material, and like the others have said, it's never mean-spirited. And it's irreverent, yeah, but never blasphemous. An interesting thing to me was that I could never put my finger on the author's own beliefs, as he gives unusually even-handed coverage to an issue which usually polarizes opinions in the Christian community (but is usually, in the end--no pun intended--unimportant). One minor complaint is that, while one certainly shouldn't expect a book like this to be uminmpeachably fault-free, the author is clearly not an historian (as I am). As such, I noticed a few errors he made that stand correction. His dating on the life of Zoroaster is way off, and he lists Nero as the son of Marcus Aurelius (who died well over 100 years after Nero did--oops). Nero was actually the adopted son of emperor Claudius (and may have had him killed in order to take the throne). Marcus Aurelius's son is the ever-popular Commodus, one of the few Roman emperors almost as hated as Nero. Overall, a nice, funny way to spend a few idle hours.
Sarcasticaly Funny, but Never Mean Aug 10, 2005
The cover looked wild enough and so I picked it up for a quick read - and it is a quick read. The book, in a funny way, probably trying to attack the late teens and early 20 crowds, discuss the different end time's scenarios, paying particular attention to modern views proposed by pop-bible writers like Hal Lindsey and Time LaHaye.
This book is a great tool to teach youth about the many different end time views among Protestants (very little mention of Catholic and Orthodox views, except in mentioning Church history). This is not a deep book, but is a primer on the subject. It is also not an unbiased book, as he does pick fun at certain positions more than others; although, he never really informs the readers of his views.
A quick read, with some funny quips. His suggested books list is a little thin. There are many more books that should have been added, but none deleted from this list. All in all, a little shallow, but still fun.
Funny and Informative Jul 18, 2005
This book is a humorous look at the prideful attempt of humans to predict the mind of God, and particularly when and how God will end the world. Boyett clearly shows that it is funny, and somewhat pathetic, when humans claim they have a complete understanding of God and His timing. Lots of laughs here as Boyett takes us back in time surveying the many failed predictions. I can't beleive I missed that picnic at 3 a.m. on Long Island in 1925 waiting for Gabriel! And how many times can one man (Chuckie T. Russel) make predictions and still get people worked up? A bunch.
I'm no scholar on the end times, but I found this book informative. It was a good start on understanding the terminology and the general flavor of the "end times gang". The Apocolyptionary, or glossary, was particularly helpful, and at times just plain funny. Where else can you get a brief understanding of chiliasm, and learn to use the name Abaddon (the chief fallen angel of Satan) in a sentence! Subsequent reading shows me Boyett has a good understanding of his subject, with some surprising insight and much clarity for the un-initiated.
Before purchasing this book, I read the reviews on this site. Those who criticized the book for being irreverent, I think, generally missed the point. Like some of those who posted reviews, I consider myself a devoted Christian, and take the Bible very seriously. It seems to me that Boyett wasn't finding humor so much in the subject itself, but rather in the vain attempts of people to explain the mysteries of God. Sure his writing is a little edgy, but I smiled a lot and learned something too.
The measure of any good intro book, such as this pocket guide, is that it gives you a good understanding of the subject, yet urges you to pursue a deeper understanding elsewhere. That is what this book did for me, with several really good laughs along the way. Its a quick read, and well worth the effort.