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'Seriously Funny 2' brings you yet more musings from the Church's best loved comedy duo and an invitation to help yourself to another generous serving of wit and wisdom from two of the most entertaining and enlightening authors and speakers in print and on the stage today. Adrian Plass and Jeff Lucas drop their guard and let you listen in on another series of profound and frivolous conversations between the writer of The Secret Diary of Adrian Plass, Salvation and Bacon Sandwiches, and War of the Worlds, and the compiler of Lucas on Life and Premier/UCB broadcaster.
Reasons to buy, enjoy and give 'Seriously Funny 2' by Adrian Plass and Jeff Lucas:
• To get the encouraging hug you need in the sometimes baffling world of doing church
• For good read, a broad smile and bit of good news from two wise and witty men
• To escape the serious and discover the profound side of the Christian life
• For a humorous and compassionate take on the things that get under your skin
• As the perfect companion to Adrian and Jeff’s live stage tour and other writings
• The gift that shows Christians have a sense of humour and can laugh at themselves
• The book that shows Christians take God seriously – but not themselves!
‘Seriously Funny 2’ follows the thoughts and musings of two, anything-but-grumpy men, as they look for new insights on life, faith and God through their own experiences. Never rude or destructive, their gentle humour is both revelatory and restorative as they laugh at their own failings, wince at their pretensions and encourage each other – and us toward a closer relationship with God who loves us despite everything.
You can’t read this and fail to be lifted to something higher and see your fellow human beings with a new more godly view, finding him in everyone – even yourself!
Following the success if their first joint venture, ‘Seriously Funny 2’ is characterised by humour, pathos and above all honesty. Messrs Plass and Lucas want the truth to shine – how ever uncomfortable that may be, how ever daft they may look in the process. So from musing on why no one writes praise songs about tea or butter, through the horrors of accommodation imposed on speakers., to just why we have to ‘live in the mystery’ when we would all rather live in the solution…
There is a serious side – from the question of guidance, the inevitability of change and ageing, to why Jesus wept. All mulled over with their customary wit and humanity – this is a book to treasure.
Quotes From The Cover:
- “I will never lose my sympathy for and identification with anyone who doesn't think they fit.”
- “A little boy gathered some cushions and placed them gently under the parts of the cross where he thought most of the pain must have been…”
- “If I had a guardian angel, he is probably in therapy now.”
- “Tea is part of the toolkit of blessing.”
Seriously Funny 2 by Adrian Plass; Jeff Lucas was published by Authentic in October 2012 and is our 2029th best seller. The ISBN for Seriously Funny 2 is 9781850789673.
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Reader’s Praise for ‘Seriously Funny 1’:
“Adrian Plass has a way of bringing out the truth in the crazy situations we Christians oftentimes find ourselves, or more likely, put ourselves in. He has a way of seeing it for what it is and pointing out the ridiculousness of it. I found myself laughing out loud on many occasions while reading this book as I have while reading some of his others. He's just got that knack. It's nice to know that someone else out there has the same sort of outrages thoughts, doubts, concepts, etc.”
“Here is another "Seriously" Plass book. As usual he takes a look at Christianity and in his own Seriously Funny way of saying things gets over his point of where "religion" gets it wrong and what real Christianity is really about.”
“Finally a book that recognizes Christians as real people. People with a sense of humour first and foremost and in this book that sense of humour is put to good use. He [Adrian] and Jeff, his co-author expose themselves as they really are through their letters to each other, and in doing so made me feel normal for having some of the same questions and doubts about Christianity, Christians and my own relationship with God.”
“This book will leave you laughing out loud in public places and interrupting whatever is going on around you to tell your friends or family, "listen to this. You're going to love this."
Adrian and Jeff’s first Seriously Funny book was backed up with their live tour of the same name. Celebrating the launch of the second book, the two friends are on the road again presenting evenings of live chat, discussion, conversation and banter, all around the UK. With their combined wit and wisdom, the second tour promises to be not just an entertaining way to pass a couple of hours, but genuinely thought provoking too. Musical input to the tour comes from Nicki Rogers, a talented musician and singer whose work is also known for that duality of seriousness and fun. Her albums, ‘Colour Scheme’, ‘Feeder Lane’ and ‘Once in a While’ - exploring the complexities of the life of faith, have been well received on both sides of the Atlantic, adding to the artist’s compatibility with her tour partners.
The complexities of life, especially in relation to faith, are at the heart of Adrian and Jeff’s source material for the 'Seriously Funny 2' book and tour. This is what brings the two men together and puts them, if not exactly on the same wavelength, then at least trying to tune in to the same broadcast. Both men acknowledge that faith works really well in isolation from life. And both know that, in theory, it should work brilliantly when actually applied to life. Yet somehow it never seems to work out like that for many – even most, if not all Christians, if they were honest about it. Honesty; that’s another feature of the writings and public musings of the two men. Their honesty, like their humour is refreshing and liberating, but also disturbing and unsettling. Lucas and Plass, individually and together, tend to say the things that all of us feel, or have felt at sometime.
What Adrian and Jeff do best is to reassure us that we are normal; that all Christians are, underneath and behind the scenes, just like us. They tell us that even the greatest and good of our faith have those internal conflicts. That they too wrestle with the inconsistencies between faith and life. That they also struggle with who they are and what they seem to be. The funny side of the title comes from those incidents where we Christians refuse to admit to this inner battle. Where, in presenting a paper thin false façade to each other, we are suddenly and unexpectedly exposed as pretentious frauds. The serious side – the side that makes us think and seriously reassess ourselves, is when the opposite happens. When the one we never expected to have any great revelation of faith within them suddenly proves us wrong. Then we are put in our place and we realise we’re not doing quite as well on the inside as we like to show on the outside.
But there’s more to the writing of Jeff and Adrian than merely pointing at their fellow Christians as if to say, ‘Aha, not as good as you think you were, are you?’ There’s an underpinning love of people; especially people who strive despite knowing their aiming impossibly high. Their humour never treads on the downtrodden, or tears at the torn. In a way most unlike the coarser ‘comedy’ of secular entertainers, they somehow get alongside the subjects of their humour. They understand what it’s like to be one of these failed individuals because that’s exactly what they are themselves. Their humour is encouraging. It’s uplifting, compassionate and restorative. If there is a ‘Christian Humour’ brand label, then the combined minds of Adrian Plass and Jeff Lucas, their laughs and tears, winces and smiles, are probably its most seriously funny definition. – Les Ellison
"In ‘Seriously Funny 2’ Adrian Plass - the secret diarist of Tunbridge Wells, and Jeff Lucas - the witty, white-haired broadcaster share their musing on life, love and God.”
“Adrian teases Jeff with an invitation to his new communal shower, and Jeff responds with the idea of combing it with a small group study. Jeff talks about his heroic resistance in the face of temptations, and Adrian delivers a monologue by the angel who sent a duck, rather than a dove, to endorse John’s baptism of Jesus.”
“‘Seriously Funny 2’ is seriously funny, thought-provoking, and refreshingly honest. It will tickle your funny bone, stretch your faith and challenge your everyday comings and goings as a Christian living in the 21st century. If you’re looking for a gift, Seriously Funny 2 is a safe bet for your Christian friends with a sense of humour as it’s both hilarious and spiritually challenging.”
Unlike his co-author, Jeff Lucas, Adrian Plass is not a minister and has never had a formal church ministry. He does, however, have a mission and a dispersed congregation who gather around his books to hear his open and honest interpretation of the gospels applied to everyday life. Since the publication of ‘The sacred diary of Adrian Plass aged 37 ¾’ in 1987, Adrian has been gently preaching his doctrine of openness and giving Christians permission to laugh at themselves and love God more honestly.
“There’s probably nothing else on earth like the sound of people laughing at things you say,” admitted Adrian in interview for ‘Engage Magazine’, with typical honesty about himself. “I’m afraid I can’t claim any profound motivation for it but if, on the way, God can use that, then I’m very pleased indeed. “I like hearing people laugh and I love people,” he says, “I am a people junkie.”
Adrian began writing when he was deeply unhappy and broken by what life had served up to him. He wrote honestly because it was the only thing to do, without facing up to reality – to faith, doubt and failure, there was no road to recovery. It was here that he found laughter often comes from a place of pain. Initially he was concerned about the Church would take his humour. “I think they’re a little bit worried about taking the lid off anything,” says Adrian. “When I started writing, the charismatic Church didn’t know what you could laugh at and what you couldn’t… Laughter is really quite subversive, as are other extreme emotions.”
With characteristic perceptiveness, Adrian points out that a church that can’t handle laughter, probably can’t handle grief either. Both are deep emotions that Christians can hide from among their religious language, formal pronouncements and mantras. But laughter strips them all away – as does grief. And when they’re gone, what do we have left? “What you have,” says Adrian, “is this weird Jesus, who leads you into places that you don’t want to go and says things you don’t understand and never does the same thing twice.” If we could be honest about that, might we not more effectively and sincerely deal with grief and the grieving, and more genuinely enjoy laughter?
Sometimes his honesty is breathtaking, like when he talks about his involvement with his wife, Bridget, in the charity Toybox: “There are two ignoble things that operate. One is: I’m going to go abroad for nothing. The other is: I am a well-known Christian and I ought to do something like this. But then, when you get involved and you actually see the kids suffering on the streets, suddenly the whole thing turns upside down and then you think: yes I’d better do something about this. The great secret in all of this is that most of us are not motivated very purely. And it doesn’t matter.”
Adrian is never discouraged by the truth, what ever it is. He knows that makes us all uneasy, and that’s seriously funny in itself. “When the truth creeps into the Church,” says Adrian, “you know you’ve got trouble.” – Les Ellison
Adrian Plass is one of today's most significant and successful Christian writers. Author of more than twenty books, including the now legendary 'Sacred Diary of Adrian Plass' Series, 'Bacon Sandwiches and Salvation' and 'War of The Worlds'. Loved for his ability to evoke both tears and laughter, he has been reaching the hearts of Christians for over fifteen years through his writing and speaking tours. He lives in North Yorkshire, England with his wife, Bridget. The couple are ambassadors and activists for the children’s charity, Toybox.
Jeff Lucas holds the position of teaching pastor at Timberline Church, Fort Collins, in Colorado, USA. Author speaker and broadcaster, he travels widely in connection with his international ministry of Bible teaching and leadership, he carries a vision to encourage and equip the church. Jeff is the bestselling author of fourteen books , his daily Bible guide devotional series, 'Lucas on Life', and a regular voice of Premier and UCB Radio.
|Author / Artist||Adrian Plass; Jeff Lucas|
|Book Format||Paperback / softback|
|Publisher||Authentic (October 2012)|
|Number of Pages||192|
|Page last updated||18th April 2018|