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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
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:
— 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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