As a Midwest kid who grew up in a faith-heavy community, it almost felt a little sacrilege to read Christopher Moore’s Lamb.The story of Jesus’s teen years as told by his best friend, Biff, Lamb spins the tale of the Messiah’s early life, before the healing and the leading and the fishes and the whatnot. The main character, one held in such high regard by millions around the world, perceived to be inhuman, nearly untouchable, is instead shown as a typical adolescent, just a chosen one coming to terms with being chosen, gallivanting through the countryside with his foul-mouthed sidekick, exploring the customs of other religions while discovering his inexplicably divine gifts. There are broads and debaucherous activities, trouble and soul-searching tribulations. It might even be considered to be a complete mocking of the bestselling book in the history of publishing.

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Published on Daily Blender, August 2014

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