Backward-flowing waterflows! Invisible monuments! Ferocious meat-eating deer! A chicken egg in the shape of the Taj Mahal! Eric Metaxas has combed the far corners of the known and the unknown world to assemble this book chock full of startling, uncanny, and often seriously frightening phenomena. Marc Dennis has converted them into mind-bending, eye-popping drawings. Are they possible? Don’t You Believe It!
Certain ideas have been done to death, and parody as a form is particularly susceptible to this pitfall. But when a book takes an oft-attempted task and does it well, there is extra cause for celebration. Eric Metaxas and Marc Dennis’s Don’t You Believe It! accomplishes just such a feat.
Don’t You Believe It! parodies the venerable Robert Ripley’s “Believe It or Not!” newspaper cartoons that have been running (and parodied) since 1918. Metaxas and Dennis deserve kudos for following the oft-broken, but essential rule of parody: the send-up must mimic the original in every way–except content. And Don’t You Believe It! looks and sounds just like Ripley’s; the attention to detail, down to the oddly stilted, old-time quality of Metaxas’s text, makes the book’s looniness downright sublime.
If you’re not familiar with the original Ripley’s cartoons, Don’t You Believe It! is likely to leave you cold or at least a bit puzzled. But if you’ve ever read about the man who wore candles for a hat or the miner who got a steel bar lodged in his skull, this parody will have you laughing hard. Consider this phenomenon: “The Loco Schoolmaster, a hill in Paxtua, Mexico, gives travelers who ascend to its peak the temporary illusion of being much more educated than they actually are.”
If you aren’t entertained by geographic features, try wildlife: “Tanu, a pet goat in the village of Murai, Uganda, is the legal guardian to each of the village’s 78 inhabitants–she rose to this position through a series of maneuvers so stunningly Machiavellian in their nature that the entire region was turned upside down–and all who opposed her lost their lives!” Don’t You Believe It! will tickle you–believe it!
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As Adolf Hitler and the Nazis seduced a nation, bullied a continent, and attempted to exterminate the Jews of Europe, a small number of dissidents and saboteurs worked to dismantle the Third Reich from the inside. One of these was Dietrich Bonhoeffer—a pastor and author, known as much for such spiritual classics as The Cost of Discipleship and Life Together, as for his 1945 execution in a concentration camp for his part in the plot to assassinate Adolf Hitler.Learn More
We all have questions about Jesus, but very few of us get the answers we’re looking for — if the answers even exist! Do they? Where (in heaven’s name) do you go to find out? New York Times #1 bestselling author Eric Metaxas understands how hard it can be to get hard truths, and that’s why he has written this hilarious, entertaining guide to the most influential single Person to have ever lived on the face of the earth.Learn More
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“Amazing Grace” tells the story of the remarkable life of the British abolitionist William Wilberforce (1759-1833). This accessible biography chronicles Wilberforce’s extraordinary role as a human rights activist, cultural reformer, and member of Parliament. At the center of this heroic life was a passionate twenty-year fight to abolish the British slave trade, a battle Wilberforce won in 1807, as well as efforts to abolish slavery itself in the British colonies, a victory achieved just three days before his death in 1833.Learn More
Uncle Mugsy is a confirmed bachelor — bachelor bulldog, that is — who lives in a very comfortable mansion without a care in the world. He’s a lovable curmudgeon who, like W.C. Fields, has a distinct disaffection for children. His only companion is his faithful butler, Peeves, who sees to Mugsy’s every worldly need. The […]Learn More
The long-awaited sequel to Everything You Always Wanted to Know About God (but were afraid to ask), Everything ELSE carries on the conversation to explore more questions that are commonly asked about the nature and existence of God.Learn More
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This entertaining and historical story shows that the actual hero of the Thanksgiving was neither white nor Indian, but God. In 1608, English traders came to Massachusetts and captured a 12-year old Indian, Squanto, and sold him into slavery. He was raised by Christians and taught faith in God. Ten years later he was sent home to America. Upon arrival, he learned an epidemic had wiped out his entire village. But God had plans for Squanto. God delivered a Thanksgiving miracle: an English-speaking Indian living in the exact place where the Pilgrims land in a strange new world.Learn More
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A combination alphabet and birthday book presents a humorous romp with a cast of amazing animals dressed in period costumes, including the tall Giraffe with his long throaty laugh and the grizzled Vulture, a vulgar chap with little culture. Booklist said it best: “With consistency in style and tone, this sprightly excursion through the alphabet […]Learn More