The idea behind the book is to use satire to magnify aspects of Christian living in order to get a better look at them.
Ed: Why did you decide to write a Babylon Bee book?
Adam: We knew a book was a natural extension of what we were doing. I had our head writer Kyle out to stay with me for a weekend last year, and, among other goals of the visit, we had it in mind to narrow our book ideas down to one or two really good ones. So we sat around brainstorming and drafting, and How to Be a Perfect Christian was born.
People ask why we didn’t just do a collection of popular articles from the site, and honestly, we knew from the go that we wanted the book to be all original content. A collection of “greatest hits” just wouldn’t be able to make the point we are trying to make as well as we want to make it. We wanted to expand into a new realm. A standalone, cohesive, 200-page book brought with it challenges, but it was exciting to us because it’s a way to leave a mark on culture that is more deep and lasting than we can do with a 200-word article. Our website articles get flung around the internet for a few days, so we set out to create a book that would last forever and be a Christian classic.
Ed: How did you decide on the premise of How to Be a Perfect Christian?
Adam: The idea behind the book is really the idea behind the Bee in general: to use satire to magnify aspects of Christian living in order to get a better look at them. This is right in our wheelhouse.
The Babylon Bee was never meant to be a website that only produces humor for the sake of humor—our mission has always been to use humor to make important points and to speak the truth. Sometimes, it’s pointed outward at the culture, and sometimes it’s pointed inward at the church.
How to Be a Perfect Christian is pointed inward. In the book, we set out to shake …
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