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Ok, a really cool Twitter hashtag was the top Twitter trend over the last couple of days and Tweeters were keeping it going strong: #AddaWordRuinaChristianBook
As of this writing, people are still at it.
Just like the hashtag says – to participate, just add a word to Christian book titles to entirely change the meaning. Here are some funny ones I found:
The Total Money Laundering Makeover #AddaWordRuinaChristianBook
— Rachel Marie Stone (@Rachel_M_Stone) October 8, 2013
The Purpose Driven Life Sentence #AddaWordRuinaChristianBook
— Nick Tarter (@nicktarter) October 9, 2013
The Reduced Cost of Discipleship by Bonhoeffer #AddaWordRuinaChristianBook
— David Bunce (@davidbunce) October 7, 2013
Left Behind Cheek #AddaWordRuinaChristianBook
— Taylor Burgess (@TaylorBurgess87) October 7, 2013
BEST ONE YET RT @funnypreacher: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe Malfunction. #AddaWordRuinaChristianBook — D. B. (@RevDaniel) October 8, 2013
Paps Mere Christianity #AddaWordRuinaChristianBook — Laura Ortberg Turner (@lkoturner) October 8, 2013
The Power Rangers of a Praying Wife #AddaWordRuinaChristianBook — Church Curmudgeon (@ChrchCurmudgeon) October 7, 2013
Your Best Life Support Now #AddaWordRuinaChristianBook — Denny Burk (@DennyBurk) October 7, 2013
I French Kissed Dating Goodbye #AddaWordRuinAChristianBook — Rachel Marie Stone (@Rachel_M_Stone) October 7, 2013
How to Manage Your Money Laundering #AddaWordRuinaChristianBook
— John Stonestreet (@JBStonestreet) October 8, 2013
Must. Resist. Urge. To stay up late for a second evening Reading and writing #AddaWordRuinaChristianBook
— Adrian Warnock (@adrianwarnock) October 8, 2013
Ed Stetzer decided to get more creative and added the titles to book covers:
10 of my favorite #AddaWordRuinaChristianBook tweets, with book covers! — http://t.co/0nUbiiGu7F
— Ed Stetzer (@edstetzer) October 9, 2013
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This trend has been picked up by the media:
The best tweets from #AddaWordRuinaChristianBook trend, Religion News Service, by Sarah Pulliam Bailey
My Favorite #AddaWordRuinaChristianBook Tweets, Christianity Today, by Ed Stetzer
Why We Love ‘Add a Word, Ruin a Christian Book,’Christianity Today, Her.meneutics, by Kate Shellnut
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Kate Shellnut of Her.meneutics observed some obvious tensions I observed:
Seriously, though, the great theorists of humor have often agreed that we laugh hardest and most about the things that make us uncomfortable, or that are otherwise taboo. We laugh about poop and we make jokes about death, and these things are right on the border of what we loathe, fear, or simply feel embarrassed by. Laughing lets a little bit of that tension go. And, of course, a lot of folks feel conflicted about God and about religion, and I think mocking Christian books is a little bit of a release valve for that tension. So for Reformed folks, Acne Break Out and I Declare Bankruptcy by Joel Osteen are guilty pleasures; for progressive evangelicals, Recovering FROM Biblical Manhood and Womanhood by John Piper and Wayne Grudem releases another kind of tension. And books like He Touched Me Inappropriately by Benny Hinn release some of the ambiguity and frustration we feel about his deceitful antics in the name of God.
Another potentially awkward point in this venture was authors who also happen to be Twitter users saw their own book titles being transformed. Josh Harris was one such author. He was a great sport and even tweeted a few skewed titles from his own books:
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I literally laughed out loud at scores of the tweets. But what struck me today was seeing all of the diverse people tweeting from various denominations, from normal church attenders to church leaders and pastors in a united effort. If so many people can get on board with the #AddaWordRuinaChristian Twitter trend causing it to be the #1 Twitter trend in the US, why can’t we get the same amount of enthusiasm and vigor with these folks when it comes to speaking out about abuse in church?
That said, we have some amazingly talented readers here. As I was reading through the tweets, I was wondering what titles you would come up with. Do you have any?
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48 thoughts on “Twitter Add-a-Word-Ruin-a-Christian-Book Bandwagon and Christian Unity”
Those are funny! OK, how about…
The Love Shack
What’s So Amazing About Grace Kelly?
The Fabric Remnant
Courtney Love Wins
The Fabric Remnant is great!
Thank you! Got some more…
The Hole In Our Gospel Tract
90 Minutes In Doggie Heaven
Blue Doesn’t Like Jazz
Your Best Life Insurance Now
The Cross and the Rubber Switchblade
Why Nobody Wants To Go To Church Suppers Anymore
The Go$pel According to Je$us Incorporated by John MacArthur.
Now there’s a new hashtag: Add-A-Word-Ruin-A-Christian-Band
The John MacArthur Can’t Study Bible
The Truth War Mongering by John MacArthur
Why We Love The Church Lady by Kevin DeYoung
The Shack Up
The Pilgrim’s Progress Report
My Left Behind
Evidence That Demands A Guilty Verdict
The Case of Beer for Faith
Gary, is that referring to Piper’s book, Desiring God?
Desiring Sex, God
Steve, The Case of Beer for Faith is great.
I’m going to be tweeting some of these right now.
I came up with Jesus Calling Collect, which I was particularly proud of, but unfortunately I seem to have posted it too late in the game to get much traction.
Just in case you aren’t dry-humoring me, its two books, Rob Bell’s “Sex God” as well as Piper’s “Desiring God.”
More from John Piper:
1. Does God Desire All Calvinists to be Saved?
2. Does God Desire All “Pastors” to be Saved?
3. Don’t Waste your Love Life
4. Risk is Right: Better to Lose Your Love Life Than to Waste It
5. This Momentary Marriage: A Parable of Illusory Permanence
6. When I Don’t Desire Piper’s God: How to Fight For Joy
7. Future Grace: The Purifying Power of the Arbitrary Promises of God
8. Future Grace: The Purifying-Fire Power of the Promises of God
(Commentary: “Purify” is cognate with the Greek word πῦρ, pur or pyr, meaning fire)
9. Think “Pre-Programmed”: The Life of the Mind and the Love of God
10. When the Darkness Will Not Lift: Doing What We Can (despairing) while We Wait for God—and Joy
And on and on. . .
Oh – now I see what you mean. I thought you were giving me 3 separate titles.
O.K., one more by Piper:
The Pleasures of God: Meditations on God’s Narcissistic Delight in Being God
Welcome, Christine! I saw that one and thought it was great! Traction or no traction, some of these are so funny. My readers are very witty, so I really wanted to see what they’d come up with.
Then, again, even if not intended, 3 titles derived from 2 isn’t bad. Glad you noticed.
type. Annoying, yes.
This is a variant of an old SF litfan game called “The Pizza Game”, where you substitute “Pizza” for keywords in a book/story/song title.
Example: Harlan Ellison’s “I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream” becomes “I Have No Pizza and I Must Eat.”
Sounds Lutheran to me…
Bell does Haiku for Jesus?
I am wondering if Setzer did all that on his 6 figure salary time at Lifeway using Lifeway resources?. He also pastors another new church plant where he has made it clear he does not do hospital visits or funerals. (those guys all double dip)
Wow, I love this. SO funny. Tickles my English Lit major funnybone. PLUS, I think it’s a really good sign when we can laugh at ourselves…as a whole! Life can be just too serious sometimes!
Gary, Why don’t we cut to the chase for Piper:
The Hiding Place = The Wrong Hiding Place
Lydia: Did you recently have any public dealings with Peter Lumpkins or J.D. Hall? JD Hall mentioned “Lydia” on a tweet and I was wondering if he was referring to you.
I’ve enjoyed this hashtag so much. At it’s peak, it took up at least 3/4 of my Twitter feed.
Haiku? I dunno. Is that Japanese for sneeze?
Desiring Calvin? I think in Piper’s case it’s probably more like Desiring Edwards, as in Jonathan. I remember Piper having made a point of pointing out that Edwards didn’t call himself (i.e. own up to being) a Calvinist. Seems Edwards claimed to have discovered what is essentially TULIP all by himself, with no help from Geneva.
These are hilarious, Julie Anne! I love ’em. My fave is Dare to Discipline Congress.
Here are some more…
The Magic Kingdom of the Cults
The Hiding Place for Children
The Screwtape Letters of Resignation
The Purpose Driven Life of Brian
Evangelism Explosion Hiroshima Edition
Left Behind the Barn
Living on the Edge Cliff Notes
Unwrapping This Present Darkness
A Wrinkle in Time Bandits
Basis Synchronistic Presbyterian Byzantine Orthodox Christianity
What to Feed The Living Bible
The Welterweight of Glory
So much fun!!
LOL – Gary, those are awesome!
By CJ Mahaney:
False Humility: True Romance Greatness
Living the Cross Centered Life Insurance
Don’t Waste Your Sports Bra
Unnatural Sex, Romance Novels and the Glory Hole of God
(Ok, I have to go repent of that last one now … JA, feel free to delete)
The Case of Beer for Faith
Sounds Lutheran to me…
Well, it could be Lutheran, but in my case, it’s probably just a reaction to years of Harold Camping. 😉
AnotherTom – Please tell me the original title of the last one. I have no idea!
JA, the original title was Sex, Romance and the Glory of God.
And the latest child rearing book from the Pearls:
No Greater Kill Joy.
CJ really grossed me out the way he broadcast his sex life so publicly – especially the bit about Carolyn “serving” him when she was dreadfully sick with morning sickness. Blech.
Elect Don’t Waste Your Life
Finally Gender Roles Arrive
Fifty Reasons Why Jesus Came To Die For A Few
Rehabbing Biblical Cribs in the Hood
from Joel Beeke:
Living for God’s Glory: An Intro to Calvinism “Yeah Baby!”
A Puritan Theology: A Doctrine “Which Pierces Tongues”
Reformed Confessions Harmonized: “God Made Me Do It”
Meet the “Persecuting” Puritans
“Driscoll” Doctrine: What “Visions” Christians Should Believe
Vertical Church “Pay Raises”
Lord, Change My Attitude: Before It’s Too Late (made zero changes)
When Life is Hard becomes When “365” Life Is Hard “for $500K”
Authentic “Deep Pockets” (jives with book cover)
Lord Change Me becomes Lord “Cha-Ching” Me
Nine Marks of a Stealthy Church
A Mom – – your bias is showing – lol.
The Piper ones were especially funny. Love the wordings.
The Five Puppy Love Languages.
I have many of those actual Piper books in my bookcase. 🙂
Were James’ titles too harsh? 😉
Reformed Confessions Harmonized: really should be:
Reformed Confessions Harmonized: “God Made Me Do It in Stereo” lol
God Made Me Do It Extreme Home Edition
Through Bill Gates of Splendor
The Crossword Puzzle and the Switchblade
The Radio Shack
Kingdom of the Christian Cults
The Gospel Tract Blimp
Someone needs to come up with a few more using Mark Driscoll book titles.
The only one I can come up with is (which isn’t too funny),
Real Bad Marriage
If anyone wants to play with Driscoll book titles, here they are (these are his actual book titles, not ones I’ve added words to):
A Call to Resurgence: Will Christianity Have a Funeral or a Future?
Who Do You Think You Are?: Finding Your True Identity in Christ