Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Book Club November: Godless - Pete Hautman

Godless
"Why mess around with Catholicism when you can have your own customized religion?"
Fed up with his parents' boring old religion, agnostic-going-on-atheist Jason Bock invents a new god -- the town's water tower. He recruits an unlikely group of worshippers: his snail-farming best friend, Shin, cute-as-a-button (whatever that means) Magda Price, and the violent and unpredictable Henry Stagg. As their religion grows, it takes on a life of its own. While Jason struggles to keep the faith pure, Shin obsesses over writing their bible, and the explosive Henry schemes to make the new faith even more exciting -- and dangerous.
When the Chutengodians hold their first ceremony high atop the dome of the water tower, things quickly go from merely dangerous to terrifying and deadly. Jason soon realizes that inventing a religion is a lot easier than controlling it, but control it he must, before his creation destroys both his friends and himself.

The book is about a boy named Jason who invents a religion.  He gets followers and makes up rules.  Through this book he find out what it means to have a religion and to have faith and that these two things do not mean the same thing.  His parents are devout Catholics and so that is how he grew up.  At some point in our lives we have questioned religion and what it means.


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