Wednesday, June 25, 2014
COALTOWN JESUS, by Ron Koertge Blog Post by Mrs. Schauer
Koertege depicts a Jesus that is exactly what Walker needs at this juncture in his life. Koertge's Jesus is witty and irreverent, while at the same time being deeply profound in that irreverence. Within the first few lines of Jesus's dialogue I was immediately reminded of the Jesus depicted by Christopher Moore in Lamb, The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal. In fact, I would say Coaltown Jesus could almost be the "junior" version of Moore's book.
Here are some of my favorite quotes:
Jesus: "I'm sorry, but I can't just giggle. I'm God."
Walker: "You look like Jesus."
Jesus: "John 10:30: I and my Father are one.'"
Walker: "I don't think I understand that."
Jesus: "You're not the only one."
Jesus: "I'll be back. Relax. Or as they say in the Bible, 'Fear not.'"
Jesus: "I love being called the Great Spirit. Some of the other names not so much. The Anointed One, for instance. Makes me feel greasy."
Walker: "You're mad at kids for wanting a pony?"
Jesus: "Little kids I don't mind. Every kid want a pony. It's grown-ups that get my robe in a knot. Stop with the begging, okay? Adore me for a change. Or give thanks. I like gratitude. Or ask for guidance. But oh, no. It's always the pony."
Jesus: "All of a sudden I'm in this body. I've got a heart and hands and feet. I can see and feel. That's why babies cry so much. All of a sudden having a body is a lot to deal with."
Jesus: "I knew what was coming down the pike so I'd practice. Like making one hot dog feed six kids and running on water."
Walker: "In the Bible, you just walked."
Jesus: "Yeah, but I was so bad at it that I'd run so I wouldn't sink so fast. Didn't help Went right down like a stone. Faith is like anything else: you have to work at it, I wasn't that good at first."
Jesus: "Ah, there it is. Signs of your holiness."
Walker: "I just smiled. You made a dumb joke and I smiled."
Jesus: "And that isn't holy?"
Jesus: "Confusion is good."
Walker: "Everything's good to you."
Jesus: "And that's a bad thing?"