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book title mash-ups

saw this post about merged book titles over at neatorama quite a while ago. the question was:

What would happen if you mash up some of literature’s best books? This little gem called “Merged Books”.

and a couple examples were…

“Machiavelli’s The Little Prince” – Antoine de Saint-Exupery’s classic children’s tale as presented by Machiavelli. The whimsy of human nature is embodied in many delightful and intriguing characters, all of whom are executed.

“Where’s Walden?”- Alas, the challenge of locating Henry David Thoreau in each richly-detaile d drawing loses its appeal when it quickly becomes clear that he is always in the woods.

it was all pretty hoity-toity really. classic lit stuff. but i thought it would be fun to play with the idea. and i thought the creative readers of ysmarko would likely come up with some pretty funny title mash-ups of christian books.

here are a few rules:
1. mash two (or more) titles. at least one of them has to be a book one might buy in a christian bookstore. can be from any category.
2. write a short, witty summary of the mashed-up book.
3. post as many as you want, but in separate comments.
4. i’ll choose in a winner in a few days, and award the ys book of your choosing.

i’ve written a few to get you thinking…

Your Best Red Letters Now. Joel Osteen and Tony Campolo team up for this feel-good self-help romp through those inspiring words of Jesus.

A New Kind of Driven. Who thought we would see the day when Brian McLaren and Rick Warren would collaborate on a book like this? This delightful fable involves the discussion between a budding mega-church pastor and his media savvy yoda/mentor.

Battle Cry 3.0. Mark Oestreicher and Ron Luce find common ground on this new approach to raising up an army for the Lord. Full of pretension and questions, and very few answers, this book will gladly push your buttons, whoever you are.


holy cow, this is fun! so many of these are great, it’s difficult to start compiling a list of contenders. but, i will push through. here’s the ones that really caught my attention or made me smile (the descriptions had to be good, btw, not only the titles):

Blue Like Financial Peace, by Donald Miller and Dave Ramsey
(ysmarko: really, it was the description that made this one!)

Deep S*** In A Postsecret World, by Frank Warren & Chap Clark

Your First Two Years in Narnia, by Doug Fields and the ghost of C.S Lewis

They Like Jesus But Not The Purpose Driven Life, by Dan Kimball and Rick Warren

“IT” Comes Softly, by Craig Groeschel and Janette Oke
(ysmarko: again, the description made it on this one)

The Five Love Shacks, by Gary Chapman and William Young
(ysmarko: awesome!)

Fresh Wind In a Pit on a Snowy Day, Jim Cymbala and Mark Batterson

Velvet at Heart: Discovering Who’s More of a Man, by Rob Bell and John Eldridge

Knowing, Experiencing, Loving, Desiring & Hearing God
, by Packer, Blackaby, Colson, Piper & Willard

Making Sense of a Reformission Rev., by Spencer Burke & Mark Driscoll


man, tough one to call. so many great entries!

but the one that cracked me up the most was from kevin i:

Your First Two Years in Narnia, by Doug Fields and the ghost of C.S Lewis
This handy guide will help you to navigate the pitfalls of living on the other side of the wardrobe. Who can you take candy from? Why is it so cold? Why is that Lion talking? All these questions and more are answered here!

good stuff all; great stuff kevin. shoot me an email with your book choice!