If there is one thing our readers have, it's an opinion. We recently asked our Facebook crowd what they thought of our book, and they had a few things to say.
Thank you guys for the feedback on our book. We loved writing it, and for the most part, have only heard positive feedback. I think the people who would hate it were smart enough NOT to read it. Here are some comments that were left on our Facebook page, along with my responses.
Joey Svendsen (“the least bad” amongst BadChristians)
Christina Klas Oh man. Prior to cruising through your book, I had just finished a “prosperity gospel”/self-help Christian book that I nearly threw out the window of an airplane… Reading the honesty in your book was like a breath of fresh air. …. (So to answer your question, No. I don’t have a criticism)
Thanks for the lack of feedback! J/K. Glad we gave you some air. Sorry. It’s actually NOT fresh air.
Andres Marin Solis I have something to say… How dare you guys… But how f-ing dare you guys making such a small book. Its like if i could get only one scoop out of my favorite ice cream… C’mon… We need more of that… MOREEE.
What is your f-ing favorite type of ice cream? Sorry that we aren’t long-winded and wordy, I guess??
John Robinson First off I loved reading it and I fully support what you guys are doing with it. There was some awesome dialogue in it, though I felt that it could be expanded on. Some chapters felt like there was more to be said and then they abruptly ended with a summary. It also felt a little misleading to be so short and be called a “book”. Other than that it was awesome.
You are probably right, but it felt SO cool to be able to say, “We wrote a BOOK.” Wouldn’t have been near as cool to say, “We wrote a short book,” or “We wrote a short story.” But, I guess lying is the uncoolest thing of all. All joking aside, sorry that you were expecting more length and thanks for the compliments.
Chanel Baron I wish it was in paper/hardback
We DO have copies. They will soon be available on our online BadChristian.com store.
Wesford Venable I actually read it from start to finish again today.
It’s because it was so dang deep, right? Like, lots of big words, complex theory, and difficult concepts? Awesome. My son STILL doesn’t understand what we wrote and he’s 3.
Michael Kenneth I bought it a few weeks ago and haven’t fully read it yet. (I know it’s like only 30+ pages but I’m lazy) But so far I like it.
I’m glad you like it so much that you just couldn’t put it down….#WTF. #smileyfacetoshowiamnotreallymad
Joel Crow On the bottom of page 27, top of 28, I’m not sure what group of people you’re trying to typify. You say they “know and worship Jesus” but I don’t think that’s true of everyone in that list. (To your credit, your big point is that they are not truly good, in the same way that I am not truly good, and that is correct). In that list would you include a “Christian” like Constantine the Great?
Good point. I see the confusion. I think Toby’s list includes people who worship God and he’s saying, “See? Even people who worship God are bad.”
David Muniz I’m wondering what I need to do in order to get the pdf of it. I bought it a couple of weeks ago, but I still haven’t gotten anything. I don’t know if there’s a link to it or anything. It did go through to my bank account.
Sorry. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org please. We’ll help you there.
Matthew P Hahn Wood I got the whole “bad Christian” side of things, but never fully grasped your stance of the concept of a “good Christian.” Just saying good Christian sounds like an oxymoron, but if being a “good Christian” is so bad, why? Is saying “good Christian” just a modern definition of Pharisee? To me the book just seemed lopsided without laying out the opposite of “bad Christian.”
Simple. We basically do not believe in “good Christians.” Jesus was the only good guy. He wasn’t a Christian. He was/is Christ.
Mii Rojas I want to read it where can I purchase?
Justin Watts I laughed heartily at your statement about small groups! Criticism, or at least discussion… using Paul as an example of a bad Christian was daring, not so much because he wasn’t still a sinner after his conversion (we all are), but because it seemed like the main theme of the book is for us to be open and honest about how much we still suck, but we have an amazing Savior. But Paul spent a lot of time telling others how to stop sucking so much, told Christians to imitate him, and even said that he didn’t have anything he knew of against himself. So using Paul seemed like an argument against a big point of your book.
“I boast only in the cross” (Galatians 6:14)
“I keep messing up” (Romans 7:15)
We tell people to “stop sucking” too (including each other and ourselves, when we talk to ourselves).
Paul says “Imitate me as I imitate Christ” (1 Corinthians 11:1). I’d guarantee he wasn’t always imitating Christ. In those cases would say, “Don’t imitate me in this regard. I screwed up.”
As a church, we have a responsibility to tell others “don’t suck,” and at the same time, rest in the fact that we will always need Jesus’ righteousness because we don’t have our own.
Here’s to a BIG BadChristian family spread all over the world!