“The Devil Wears Nada” Reviewed By A Christian Humanist and A Christian Anarchist (something here is not right)

Click here to read a review of The Devil Wears Nada by The Christian Humanist.

And/or . . . click here to read a review of The Devil Wears Nada by Jesus Radicals.

Both are solid reviews, and I say that not because they are relatively positive (with stellar criticisms) but because they actually read the book.

I know.

Incredible, right?

But you can’t always count on reviewers reading the material–even from the so-called professionals. I won’t name any names, but one reviewer (it rhymes with Fublisher’s Meekly), literally, skimmed the first two pages and then concluded, incorrectly, it was a book about theodicy. Wow. Good job failing miserably. Not even close.

You know, it’s not that the reviewers at Publisher’s Weekly, aw crap, I mean, Fublisher’s Meekly, are incompetent–at least, I don’t think they are incompetent–it’s just that they are lazy and immoral. It is absolutely nefarious to review a book one did not read. Their “reading” of the book consisted nothing more of scanning the back summary and the first two pages. Citing from pages one and two, commenting that cynics would enjoy the book (cynics of what?), and that I failed to engage sincere thinkers contemplating theodicy. Um . . . first of all, the book is not about theodicy, and second, I engaged thinkers such as David Bentley Hart, Thomas Aquinas, Karl Barth, Herbert McCabe, Hans Urs von Balthasar, John Milbank, Dante . . . oh, and, what’s that dude’s name . . . most prominent thinker in Christian history . . . oh yes, Augustine . . . but apparently, none of them are sincere thinkers.

Again, I say, “wow.”

Congratulations, Publisher’s Weekly (well, dammit, there I go again), I mean Fublisher’s Meekly: my barely literate undergraduates in Kentucky write better reviews than you. At least they know how to pretend they read more than . . . let’s see . . . oh, 2 goes into 164 . . . that would be . . . um, more than 1.22% of the book.

So, come on, be honest . . . were you just so busy reviewing the same old schlock that you couldn’t be bothered? Were you staying up late at night weeping over the rocky romances found within the pages of An Amish Love when you should have been reading about a match made in hell?

“Mr. John Book (aka, Han Solo), I trust you know what happened to Onan when he last tried that . . . “














And don’t even bother asking how I know about An Amish Love. That’s quality literature.

(Actually, I wouldn’t know. I pulled a card out of your deck . . . I didn’t read it.)

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  • Nicholas

    Just finished this book… googled it to search for harsh and critical reviews that will thoroughly discourage me (Fublisher’s Meekly for example) like I (sadistically) do after I enjoy any book…and found your blog. Wonderful book Dr. York! Chapter 4, denying the devil, was one of the best bits I’ve read in a long time! Well done! ….I do think, however, that the devil would have showed up if you had put “As Long as There Is Whiskey In The World” by Murder By Death on the playlists. Just a thought for future ‘cross-roadin’

    • theamishjihadist

      Hi Nicholas,

      Good to hear from you. I’m glad you enjoyed the book. Tell all of your friends (and enemies) about it. And yes! Murder By Death! I wasn’t listening to them at the time, but I’m with you. Quality music. Stellar call, my friend. Stellar call.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Michael-Anthony-Howard/517127679 Michael Anthony Howard

    I’m not sure what to make of your comment about Kentucky, except that characters hurt most when they are true. I am sure what to say about your book: fantastic!

    I am also current reading “Third Way Allegiance” this week. Glad your essay in “A Faith Not Worth Fighting For” turned me on to your stuff. I am thoroughly at home reading your work, which really helps me articulate to others some of my own convictions–interestingly, in a way it is, at times, even more witty than Hauerwas. Great work!

    • theamishjihadist

      Hey Michael,

      First of all, I dearly loved those illiterate undergrads of mine in KY. Of course, I had a number of ridiculously smart kids. That’s just me being an ass.

      Glad you’re reading those books. Stanley was my thesis advisor at Duke, so I’m pretty sure he may have shaped me in a number of ways (both good and bad). Hang around and have a good time, and do tell all your friends about my adventures with Satan!

  • Meredith Garmon

    Um. Two 164ths — i.e. one 82nd — would be 1.22% of the book.

    • theamishjihadist

      Lovely catch, Meredith G. Satan, obviously, taught me all of my math skills.