Clowning for Christ (Revised)
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!
Long time site fans will know that I have clown “issues”. However, that does not mean that I get to exempt my collection from clown materials. I just don’t want to be alone when dealing with said clowns or material. My little phobia is also the source of great amusement to my family and my library friends. Naturally, clown books (not to mention other assorted clown paraphernalia) show up all the time on my desk. Lovely.
This particular book is in good condition and circulates decently enough that I would keep it. Of course, your mileage my vary. “Secrets Thoughts of Your Clown” as a chapter heading is not exactly comforting, but I suppose since we are dealing with pure evil, a certain amount of discomfort is to be expected.
Submitter: I found this book in the children’s section of my local library. Each and every page is being held together with tape. There are gross stains and pencil marks all over the book. Yet the library has been keeping this on shelf since 1980.
Holly: Now this is just lazy. When books are being held together with tape and prayer, it really is time to let them go. By all means buy some new clown books – the creepier the better – but there’s no excuse for this taped-up, scribbled-on mess.