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Clowns for Jesus

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Clowning for Christ (Revised)
Christensen
1986

Without a doubt, this is my worst nightmare in book form. I gotta say I am not a big fan of the clown as a Christian emissary. Maybe I am going out on a limb, but is this REALLY an effective ministry tool?  If it is, can someone show me some data?

In this particular book, there are a few pages on how NOT to frighten children. The mere fact this is a possibility should be reason enough to re-think packing Jesus’ message in clown form. Maybe the clowns can be an illustration of what Hell is all about. If that is the point, I promise to never skip mass again.

So help me God!

Mary

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Real Men Like Poetry

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Rough Men, Tough Men
Poems of Action and Adventure
Cole, ed.
1969

This book caught my eye for both the title and the cover art. I think  the orange pirate look on the guy is a bit creepy. I also want to remind the editor that ladies can be rough, tough and appreciate a bit of blood and gore in their poetry as well.

The poetry itself is from a variety of authors, including Shakespeare, Tennyson and Swift. There is a lot of good stuff here, but the packaging is geared to elementary school boys from the late 1960s.

Mary

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Mediocre Magic

Nothing's impossible cover

Nothing’s Impossible!
Stunts to Entertain and Amaze
Sheridan
1982

Need to up your entertainment skills? These guys have the solution. Basic magic, stunts and some positive affirmations are what this book offers. The tricks aren’t well explained either and others are just riffing on stuff kids already know.  Sample tricks: wooden match and a safety pin, cutting an apple, and for the big finish, lifting a guy off the chair.  I doubt if anyone would get a contract in a Vegas showroom with any of these tricks.

I think I will make this one disappear!

Shazam!

Mary

 

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