Twible cover final Thank you, thank you to all the people who have followed The Twible  from its beginnings as a quirky little Twitter novelty to its fruition as a full-fledged book.

A book! And that book is out today. Inside The Twible you’ll find:

 

  • A tweet for each of the 1,189 chapters of the Bible
  • A summary of every book of the Bible in seven words or less
  • Dozens of informative sidebars (print edition only)
  • More than 50 original cartoons
  • A glossary telling you who’s who in the Bible
  • Unicorns

From Genesis to Revelation, The Twible brings the Bible to wonderful, wicked, weird life.

51-RevelationwithcaptionYou can click here to buy the book if you are so inclined, or here to enter to win a copy for free on Goodreads. And if you’re not sure, the book is part of the Kindle lending program, so you can also borrow it for free if you’re an Amazon Prime member.

You can even buy a Twible t-shirt at Cafe Press in time for Christmas! Right now there are three different cartoon options on the back of the shirts, including my favorite, which is the Revelation cartoon to the right here. (Arf, arf.) Kudos to Leighton Connor for the awesome artwork.

The print edition of the book retails for $19.99, and is currently on sale at Amazon for $17.95; the Kindle version is just $9.99 but doesn’t include the informative sidebars that are in the print book. (In other words, you’ll be missing sidebars like “WTF is Revelation?” and “Five Deuteronomic Laws We Really Hope You’re Not Observing.”)

I will endeavor in the next weeks not to turn this blog into Spamalot, but I wanted to let you know that The Twible has been born!   YAY. Very grateful.

11 Comments

  1. Well, I read Genesis and 1/2 of Exodus this morning. I like your writing in general and in this section of the book, you put some insights into those chapters I have never seen or heard. I thought your tweets in the TOC where cleaver, to the point and witty. You were totally reverent to my favorite book, James.
    I wonder if half the problem with the OT is the crustiness of the authors? If we could just get John, the Beloved, to retranslate it in English, it would seem like a different book and Heavenly Father would seem more like he really is.
    What I really want to read and study is the Creation and Fall story as told by the Savior or Michael to 1,000 Ph.D. scientists with 30 plus years experience. That would be a great and enlightening read. With YouTube videos for effect.
    Jana, you are doing well, hope you keep writing.

    • Jana Riess

      Good question. I signed up for a 90-day digital exclusive Kindle program (KDP Select), so in the next three months I’m not allowed to release any other digital versions. I’m hoping that will give me time to convert the book myself into the iBooks Author program for an iPad release early next year. I began a tutorial on it at lynda.com (excellent website for learning new tech), but haven’t gotten very far yet. So far, it doesn’t seem that different from pulling together a PowerPoint presentation, but we’ll see! Thanks for your interest.

  2. Some thoughtful folks on the ‘keeping our kids in the church thread’ had some good ideas how to keep kids engaged in faith. Then when I saw your new book, a light came on: It struck me that ‘The Twible’ might(?) be a way to engage teens who normally have no interest the bible. (Maybe this is how you intended it?) ‘Hey kids, I challenge you to read this chapter of Acts and see if you can write an even more clever tweet than the author. Won’t that be fun!!!’ Well, Its worth a shot. I just ordered the book, and look forward to seeing it!

    By the way, I am really enjoying Flunking Sainthood. I had years ago tried to read probably three or four of the books you used as sources, and had similar very mixed-luck (mostly bad), and have found your explanations of why things can fail, and maybe why they weren’t entirely a good idea to begin with, comforting and helpful. And, your reading of of St. Francis’ biography brought back very good memories to me of a time twenty-five years ago when God used that same book to begin the first stirring of the possibilities of the Spirit in a young agnostic.

    • Jana Riess

      Jeff, thanks for reading. I’m glad you are enjoying the FS book.

      As for the Twible, yes, I’ve been encouraged to see that some youth pastors are using it with teenagers. I think that biblical literacy is at a very low ebb right now, and there are some people who learn better through lighthearted humor than more weighty or dogmatic fare. So . . . whatever works.

  3. I may incorporate a few of these next time I have to speak in church. That would get some looks…

    Have you thought about Tweeting the Book of Mormon or Doctine & Covenants?

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