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Summon's Christian Miscellany [Hardcover]

By Parminder Summon (Author)
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Pages   160
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.1" Width: 4.8" Height: 0.9"
Weight:   0.45 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Feb 28, 2006
Publisher   Doubleday
ISBN  038551610X  
EAN  9780385516105  

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How big is a talent? What is the Adulterer's Bible? What are the classes of angels? Who is the patron saint of the ugly? The answers to these questions and dozens of others, both amusing and serious, can be found in Summon's Christian Miscellany. Parminder Summon, a practicing Christian and an avid collector of trivia and curiosities, takes a lighthearted journey through Christian history and culture and discloses the funny, obscure, and sometimes bizarre things they never teach in Sunday school, including: * Unusual patron saints, including guardians of serial killers and those accused of cannibalism * The origin of Christian snake handlers * The vision of the Christian Surfers of Australia * Mini-biographies of Christian Nobel Prize winners * A list of biblical weights and measurements and their modern-day conversions * The Catholic prayer of exorcism * The Lord's Prayer in sixteen different languages * The origins of popular Christmas carols * The mission statement of the Christian Vegetarian Association * Quotations from Woody Allen and other unlikely commentators on Christianity * Summon's own hilarious fifty-word summary of the Bible Summon's Christian Miscellany, this collection of "things you didn't know you didn't know," is at once an addictive diversion and a fascinating compilation of intriguing, little-known facts.

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Delightful!  May 25, 2008
Forgive me......but I love esoteric little reference books like this one. A truly fantastic reading experience....I'm nearly 90% through it right now and I just bought it 2 days ago. Some quirky little poems and bits of info on Christianity found here.
Astounding book!  Jun 11, 2006
Reviewed by Lynn Downs for Reader Views (6/06)

Parminder Summon offers up an amusing collection of little known facts about the Christian religion. One is sure to find something in his book "Summon's Christian Miscellany" that will amuse, intrigue or just plain astound them.

Filled with Biblical quotes, Mr. Summon researches things others may have never thought of. The book offers everything from foreign language translations of popular Bible passages to names and purposes of lesser known Saints. It includes things like "Ten Commandments For The Road From The Christian Road Safety Association," how to interpret the meaning of the vestments worn by your clergyman and an article explaining the Stations of the Cross.

One of the articles in the book I found most interesting concerned The Jefferson Bible. Though Thomas Jefferson was a believer in Jesus Christ, he did not believe in the miracles performed in the Bible. So he set about constructing a "Bible" that maintained Jesus' talent as a teacher but totally ignored any mention of the supernatural acts of Christ. He focused only on the moral and teaching aspects of the life of Jesus Christ.

Another interesting article involves Bibles that have been given nicknames based on errors in their type. Some of these are The Breeches Bible, which included the passage "and they sowed figge-tree leaves together and made themselves breeches." Also included is The Wicked Bible ("Thou shall commit adultery") and The Pay for Peace Bible ("pay for peace" instead of "pray for peace").

This book is a must for anyone who is intrigued by religion. I finished the book feeling that I had learned something new and interesting about the Bible, which is something not common in today's society.

fun facts & info  Apr 10, 2006
Summon's book for Christian Miscellany is a great tool. I have enjoyed sharing it with my kids and extended family. It is a good conversation started for all ages and backgrounds.

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