Even more Shameless Marketing for God Behaving Badly

It’s been awhile since I’ve done shameless marketing for my book God Behaving Badly.  Even though no one has been complaining, I know you’ve missed it.  Here are 4 random bits of GBB news.

1) In a little over a year since its original printing, GBB has been reprinted 5 more times.  Somebody has been buying books.  If that’s you, thank you.  If that’s not you, why not?

2) The May 2, 2012 edition of Christian Century includes Bestsellers by Publisher (I think you’ll need a subscription to see Bestsellers) and GBB was #3 for IVP.  This was pointed out to me by Lisa Lamb’s mom (my sister-in-law’s mother, so my mother-in-law-in-law?)

3) For a few hours on Monday, used copies of GBB were selling for $17.51 on Amazon, almost $3 more than the price for new copies (if I were clever, I would have come up with a plan to make money on that).  As of today, the used price has come down to $8.99, which is still not bad for a book that typically retails for about $10.  People apparently want to hold onto their books.  My brother Rich thinks that’s because they are so rare, they are becoming collectors’ items.  Any ideas why Amazon’s price has been $15 for the past couple of weeks?  It was about $10 for a long time.

4) The Spring 2012 Enrichment Magazine included a book review of GBB (to see book reviews you’ll need a subscription): “I highly recommend this book to students, laypeople and pastors as an excellent introduction to how to understand the Old Testament portrait of God in light of questions raised by new atheists and struggling Christians” (George P. Wood).  If I didn’t already have 40 copies on my living room floor, I’d be tempted to buy one.

Other shameless marketing suggestions? 


  1. With respect to God, I wish the title had a question mark. I especially like the way you wrote the chapter on “angry or loving” where you used 2 Samuel 6. I don’t think wrath is an ontological predicate of God the way His abundant mercy is. I found your rhetorical inference simplistic, in the chapter about sexism, when you offhandedly say “perhaps we should let them teach it” implying that women should get to teach the Bible since they composed sections of it. No complementarian is against women teaching the Bible, and complementarians are not seeking to be sexist by, say, restricting the office of Elder to qualified men. As a woman, I’d prefer some kind of argument for your case.

  2. Trish, I can see why you’d prefer a question mark. We discussed it, but IVP wanted something provocative.
    Perhaps my statement about letting “them teach it” should have been left out, but the reality is that in many churches, both officially complementarian and egalitarian (I never use either term), women don’t get to teach.
    My wife is a highly gifted speaker, teacher, preacher (more so than me), but I get far more invitations than she does. Somethings not right there.

  3. If you expect women to teach like in an official capacity as elders or pastors then how do you explain that Paul grounds his argument against it in pre-Fall creation? 1 Tim. 2:13a

  4. Trish, actually the full title is a question: Is the God of the OT angry, sexist and racist?
    Paul also tells us to greet each other with a holy kills (4 times) and to life up holy hands while praying, but no one kisses me when I go to church and I don’t see people raising hands during prayer. I won’t be able to go into depth here why I think Paul’s words aren’t binding today, but it’s not as straightforward as some Christians think. We pick and choose texts that we will emphasize or ignore all the time. I try to respect people who disagree with me and hope they do the same for me.

  5. Okay, sorry, maybe I came across strong. I want to respect everyone, honest. I’m a passionate person and it comes out sometimes. I’m from Italy so I actually do love to kiss on both cheeks but I know what you mean about the American culture.

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