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Salvation on the Small Screen: 24 Hours of Christian Television

Salvation on the Small Screen Hours of Christian Television A book for every person who s ever flipped past the religious channel on cable and thought I haven t the faintest clue what s going on there or that church doesn t seem like my church at all or eve

  • Title: Salvation on the Small Screen: 24 Hours of Christian Television
  • Author: Nadia Bolz-Weber
  • ISBN: 9781596270862
  • Page: 334
  • Format: Paperback
  • A book for every person who s ever flipped past the religious channel on cable and thought, I haven t the faintest clue what s going on there, or that church doesn t seem like my church at all, or even, wow, so that s what happened to Kirk Cameron With the personalities of Christian broadcasting constantly in the news talking about every major issue from abortionA book for every person who s ever flipped past the religious channel on cable and thought, I haven t the faintest clue what s going on there, or that church doesn t seem like my church at all, or even, wow, so that s what happened to Kirk Cameron With the personalities of Christian broadcasting constantly in the news talking about every major issue from abortion to culture to war and with the amount of influence their movements have on the the political discourse in this country, to under stand about the stop on the television dail is to understand about American and America s religious landscape On an average day, the largest religious broadcast channel in the country reaches millions of viewers and features programming from figures such as Benny Hinn, T.D Jakes, Pat Robertson, Paul and Jan Crouch, Jess Duplantis, Joel Osteen, and others, yet despite it s presence in well over 50 million household many have little conception of what kind of faith happens there Nadia Bolz Weber, a Lutheran seminarian and former stand up comic who s never before watched religious broadcasting, spends 24 hours in front of the TV immersing herself in the messages and culture to be found on the part of the dial Bolstered by visits from guest such as rabbi, her 8 year old daughter, Unitarian friend, and others, Salvation on the Small Screen is Bolz Weber s chronicle, augmented by after the fact research, of a huge, but unknown or mysterious to many, branch of religious culture.

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    1. I need to reveal my own bias up front - I'm an evangelical protestant with Baptist leanings, though I have no strong denominational ties. My college classmates and I (at a private Baptist (read also: evangelical and conservative) liberal arts college) jokingly called TBN - The Blasphemy Network. And, like Nadia, I'm tattooed and wasn't much interested in church in my early-mid twenties.Which reveals my first problem with this book - the lumping of all evangelicals together with the views represe [...]

    2. Irreverant fun and games from a respected (by many) contemporary voice in the church. Heavily tattooed and casually dressed, Bolzano-Weber nevertheless holds pretty much mainline views towards the worship experience and the role of the church. In this little book, she has challenged herself to sit and watch 24 hours of the various TV shows billed as "Christian." She has invited different people to stop in and watch with her at different times throughout the day (and night.). Many of these people [...]

    3. To say I thoroughly enjoyed this book is an understatement. I am an evangelical, though not the TBN variety. I approached this text with the hope of gleaning a little of what the more liturgical denominations believe. I was not disappointed. Nadia is both snarky, and well studied. This combination makes her commentary both enlightening, and sometimes hysterical. I found myself actually laughing out loud during some of the commentary (even waking up my sleeping child with my hearty laughter).I co [...]

    4. Funny and sad at the same time to read, with all too much cringing from the Fundyland days of my life when yes, I watched TBN too and sometimes took it seriously, and she describes a lot of the same goofiness I saw with some wonderful insight. I only wish she would have caught the Ray Comfort convert or burn show with Kirk Cameron. I loved this book. Lots of things to think about from all over the board, from where does the money go to scratch and sniff bibles and the last bit is true, even when [...]

    5. As a pastor myself, I found this book to be both hilariously intriguing and spiritually poignant. Throughout my reading of Bolz-Weber's book I became grossly fascinated by TBN and similar Christian-Industrial media outlets, and by grossly fascinated I mean that I sort of wanted to experience for myself some of the reactions Bolz-Weber had without actively torturing myself for 24 hours straight. While she is snarky (which I appreciate), Bolz-Weber is very open about her faults without being self- [...]

    6. Warning! Do not drink diet Coke or any other liquid while reading this book or you're liable to end up with wet book/nook/Kindle! There are parts that are that funny!So what happens when a progressive, liberal Lutheran pastor agrees to watch 24 hours of Trinity Broadcast Network? This book, that's what. And yet, it's not just poking fun (though there is plenty of that - understandably so in my mind) - the realization occurs that perhaps, indeed in all likelihood, there is room for the strengths [...]

    7. I read this in one night and laughed my ass off. Basically, the author, a sarcastic and highly tattooed Lutheran pastor and blogger, was invited by her publisher to watch 24 hours of Christian television, specifically TBN (Trinity Broadcasting Network, home of the The 700 Club), and then write about it. She asked if she could invite friends--they said okay, and she did. She and her friends are all hilarious, but if it was just them poking fun at TBN, the book would pretty shallow (although proba [...]

    8. Nadia dares to take on a task that only a few might ever want to venture: watching 24 hours of Christian Television. What results is an insightful and witty look at the world of popular evangelical television as seen through the eyes of a mainline Christian minister.Nadia's critique at times is funny, biting, and sarcastic. We'd expect that from her since she is better known by her online moniker: "The Sarcastic Lutheran." At other times she is highly reflective about how Christian television ch [...]

    9. I loved this book. I thought the author was just going to bash TBN while I gleefully agreed with her. Instead she offered insight on how there were holes in her own tradition and how she could better them. It helped me realize I need to be less snooty when it come to other denominations.

    10. I thought this book was way too important to be quite so sarcastic. I have more religious issues than the next guy (or at least so I’ve been told) so I’m not particularly sympathetic to televangelists and I think some of the bigger points (ie Can we indeed buy our salvation through donating to tv stations? Does God owe us a return on our tithe investment 100 fold? Will you end up incredibly cynical and disillusioned if you answer ‘yes’ to either of the previous?) were missed in her guilt [...]

    11. I found this book conceptually unique and think it'd be great as a RiffTrax sort of thing. The takeaways​are the most important part of the book for me. Reading about TBN programming made me grateful for my theological framework, as it is today, but this book also made me realize that I'm on the outside looking in when it comes to the TBN brand of theology and I'm okay with that. It was nice to read about Evangelical Christianity without animosity. Thanks Pastor Nadia.

    12. Shortly after reading Bolz-Weber's Pastrix, I discovered that she had written a book several years earlier in which she had chosen to endure 24 consecutive hours of the Trinity Broadcast Network and then to write about her experience. The result is Salvation on the Small Screen, a stream-of-consciousness memoir of her viewings and thoughts that day, as well as highlights of the conversations she had with the various friends and family members who joined her at different points during the day.The [...]

    13. I read this book on a car trip from Florida to Wisconsin to a very captive audience. The five star rating is from all three of us, each of very different Christians, demographically speaking. My mother (in her 50s, incredibly conservative/ fundamentalist Christian), my friend (30s, raised Assemblies of God, now more liberal and finding what brand of Christianity works best for her), and me: 28 years old, ridiculously liberal, a mashup of Catholic and Lutheran, with a deep love of traditional lit [...]

    14. As a just-graduated ELCA seminarian, I was really interested to read this book after hearing about it in one of my classes as it was written by an ELCA Pastor. Rev. Bolz-Weber does not disappoint, her theology and my own are very similar and I greatly enjoyed her sense of humor and candid insights in watching TBN for 24-hours. She is certainly braver than I. My one issue with the book is that she talks about the distance in theological communication between mainline denominations (Lutherans, Epi [...]

    15. This is an older book and was a delight to read. A good choice for the summer. One ting you should know about my review - I do not have a TV and I do not watch TBN. I have nothing against religious programs per se but for the most part I just don't find them interesting. So I was curious how nadia Bolz Weber, known for a wry sarcasm and hipster look/language would handle the discussion. Would she try and see the positives or would she only focus on the negatives which so many liberal Christians [...]

    16. The book offers a unique scenario: What happens to a person when they watch 24 hours of TBN through a progressive theological lens? Bolz-Weber does an excellent job weaving humor, theological discourse, and introspection.There is some NSFW language because that's Bolz-Weber's cup of tea, but it is a fantastic book because it made me become introspective of my evangelical upbringing clashing with my current mainline Protestant, liberal thought. It's a unique, interesting book, and it's a quick an [...]

    17. The premise: A current pastor-to-watch (whose Twitter name & blog title says it all"Sarcastic Lutheran") invites friends over to watch & provide commentary on a 24- hour viewing of TBN. This is the 2nd book I've read by Pastor Nadia & she doesn't disappoint. I'm drawn to her cyninicism, sarcasm, her personal redemption story, & her no-nonsense take on all things considered "Christian" in our culture. If you find yourself intrigued, aghast, agog by the likes of Paula White, Joel O [...]

    18. I had a ton of fun reading this book; it would have come in handy back in college when I wrote my final paper for Mass Media on televangelism. (Actually, I kind of wish I’d have thought of this myself as an idea for that project, although I’d never be able to deliver the same fabulous and snarky yet reflective commentary.) I’d totally watch 24 hours of TBN if I could do it with Nadia Bolz-Weber.(The typos in this book -- while obviously not the fault of Ms. Bolz-Weber -- drove me a little [...]

    19. I recently heard about Nadia while doing research into returning to church and love her theologic point of view and faith. This book was an interesting look into TBN and what they are offering the public about Christianity. Although this book was written about a 24 hour period that occured nearly 6 years ago, after flipping TBN on today, I'd say the same ideals still ring true. And her snarky commentary was hilarious! Can't wait for her memoir in September!

    20. A funny book for sure. I really enjoyed the author's sarcastic comments as well as those of her friends - each taking shifts during the 24 hour watch-a-thon. The author does more, though, than just poke fun of the TBN televangelists - all easy targets. Many of the snarky comments are followed by real introspection often leading to honest dialogue with her fellow TBN watchers (Christians, Jews, and atheists) about the varying beliefs within Christianity. Now that is refreshing.

    21. BrilliantI felt I was in the room with Nadia, and her friends, watching 24 hours of TBN. It was hard enough to read about; I can only imagine what it was like to actually watch no, actually I can't. But I love how she is able to humbly ponder some of the 'good' that TBN has to offer, while acknowledging the holes in her own denomination. Though I would say those are small holes compared to the Grand Canyon sized issues found on TBN. Great book.

    22. Although an interesting experiment, it relied too much on snarky judgements and sarcasm. The author's valuable contemplations on topics such as healing and pneumatology were appreciated but too few. The play-by-play format was bit much and I wonder if a reflective essay on the whole experience and the questions it raised would have been more insightful. I was surprised, however, to see that a former co-worker was one of the author's guests!

    23. Nadia Bolz-Weber and this book both are funny and compassionate and self-aware. While John Oliver made an excellent point about Megachurches in the Last Week Tonight segment, Bolz-Weber points out that it's also important to examine why, perhaps, people are drawn to such people and places, particularly if they don't have a regular church home.

    24. I love Bolz-Weber's books, and the most amazing thing about this one is that she watched a single channel for 24 hours straight. I do well to make it through one half hour with commercials. The result is a humorous and snarky commentary on TBN's shows and prosperity ministers. The language is a bit crude at times, but her writing makes it worthwhile. Recommended.

    25. An entertaining look at the wacky world of TBN (Trinity Broadcasting Network), though the author is sometimes annoyingly snarky. It is positively scary how manipulative televangelists are. Their channel has "no advertising," yet these rich preachers sell thousands of dollars of merchandise under the guise of saving their poor/uneducated viewers' souls.

    26. The most frightening concept imaginable - watching TBN for 24 hours straight. But Bolz-Weber writes about it with a critical but compassionate eye, all the while being observant of the plank in her own eye. And super funny to boot.

    27. I really enjoyed this, my second book written by Nadia. I love her perspective on all things Lutheran, and found her experiment of watching 24 hours of TBN fascinating (I don't know if I could watch even 1 hour & now I don't have to!)I hope she comes out with another book soon!

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