What Would Jesus Buy?: Reverend Billy's Fabulous Prayers in the Face of the Shopocalypse

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PublicAffairs, 29. apr 2009 - 304 pages
Reverend Billy's revival tour across America is the subject of the upcoming Morgan Spurlock film What Would Jesus Buy?, his first movie since the national hit Super Size Me! The book is an inspiring -- love-a-lujah! -- compendium of the reverend in full flow, from his exhortations from the pulpit to his reflections on why lesbian marriage will save the Spotted Owl. Reverend Billy believes big box brainless consumerism is destroying our culture and our planet.

Reverend Billy first began preaching in Times Square and has since been incessantly spreading the word at major retail stores from San Francisco to New York City. He has been regularly featured in the national media, most recently in the New York Times, and was arrested with great panache as he led prayers against consumerism in Disneyland. What Would Jesus Buy? will entertain, convince, convert, and give readers actions they can take to become a member of the Church of Stop Shopping.

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Billy, the ringleader of the "Church of Stop Shopping"-whose protests have gotten him arrested multiple times-presents his philosophy and plan of action in this tongue-in-cheek guide to buying less ... Read full review



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Page 11 - I am come into my garden, my sister, my spouse: I have gathered my myrrh with my spice; I have eaten my honeycomb with my honey; I have drunk my wine with my milk: Eat, O friends; Drink, yea, drink abundantly, O beloved.
Page 53 - I drink at it; but while I drink I see the sandy bottom and detect how shallow it is. Its thin current slides away, but eternity remains. ^ I would drink deeper; fish in the sky, whose bottom is pebbly with stars. I cannot count one. I know not the first letter of the alphabet. I. have always been regretting that I was not as wise as the day I was born.
Page 7 - Love, the strongest and deepest element in all life, the harbinger of hope, of joy, of ecstasy; love, the defier of all laws, of all conventions; love, the freest, the most powerful moulder of human destiny; how can such an all-compelling force be synonymous with that poor little State and Church-begotten weed, marriage?
Page 103 - Soudain vous acquerez presque une face humaine Vous etes pres de nous, embrassants, embrasses. (House, patch of meadow, oh evening light Suddenly you acquire an almost human face You are very near us, embracing and embraced.) RM Rilke, translated into French by Claude Vigce.
Page 5 - ... dense fragrance that rises from the earth. I love you without knowing how, or when, or from where, I love you simply, without problems or pride: I love you in this way because I don't know any other way of loving but this, in which there is no I or you, so intimate that your hand upon my chest is my hand, so intimate that when I fall asleep it is your eyes that close.
Page 30 - Give everyone in the circle a big white cardboard panel and ask them to hold each panel up so that the bottom of the rectangle is just above their eyes. The panels are held edge to edge, so that, with the bodies of the faithful, a great circular room is created. On each panel is a giant letter, so that pedestrians and motorists can read the phrase: "COMMERCIAL FREE ZONE.
Page 82 - Those who are willing to sacrifice and be of service have very little difficulty with people. They know what they are all about. People can't help hut want to be near them.
Page 37 - Now, holding hands in this sacred circle, look deeply into the eyes of the product before you, whether it be Goofy or Pluto or Donald Duck . . . thats right, look deeply into those fierce eyes. Thaf s right. Return the producfs stare, bond with it.
Page 31 - Outside the circle, the preachers invite the passersby to "COME IN OUT OF THE ADS! SAVE YOUR ODD AND HOLY SOUL FROM THIS PREDATORY ECONOMY!
Page 59 - We believe in the God that people who don't believe in God believe in.

About the author (2009)

The Reverend Billy is a creation of the actor and activist Bill Talen. He lives in New York City.

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