It’s finally available! Just $2.99 will get you all 27 chapters of our hysterical (in both senses of the word) end-times satire Beauty and the Mark of the Beast. It’s dispen-sensational and you can get it now by clicking here.
Greetings, Gut Check Army. Stand by for the dispatches:
- Chapter 13 of our free, online, end-times satire is now up. Dr. Zack Van Shrimpy is loose in the HVAC system and Tim Strongbow is squirming his way out of a really awkward situation. Oh, and the rapture’s coming. Check out Beauty and the Mark of the Beast.
- The release of Ted Kluck’s hilarious and long-awaited book on the strange world of “Contemporary” “Christian” “Music” is just around the corner. Pre-buy page will be up soon. You will not want to miss To Hell With the Devil: My Year of Tuning In, Dropping Out, and Letting the Devil Have All the Good Music.
- And to celebrate this thus-far crowing jewel of the Gut Check Empire, we will be blowing your brains out (metaphorically) with GUTSTOCK 2011, a release party like nothing you've ever encountered. Fifteen bucks will not only get you access to all the delicious vittles (compliments of Saucy Broad Catering), but a signed copy of the book, a Gut Check bumper sticker, and more. And, yes, by “more,” we do mean a real live CCM artist sharing whacked-out tales from the studio and the road, door prizes, a DJ, horrible Chrisitian music karaoke, merch table, childcare, and even stinking more! Stay tuned.
Remember when the Left Behind novels were big? Yeah, so do we. As a Christians who hold exclusively to doctrines not dreamed up in the last 175 years, we found them incredibly embarrassing.
I listened to the first four of them on my Walkman (because I was hammering traffic counting hoses into the road for a living and, having already exhausted all of my good books on tape, started borrowing from others), and spent the duration keeping score between three teams: Bad Theology, Bad Story Telling, and Downright Boringness. (Bad Theology won by a nose.)
Well, it's been almost fifteen years since they made a splash, but some of us still aren't over it. And so, the Gut Check Army has started the serialized dispensational end times blog-novel, Beauty and the Mark of the Beast: A Dispensational Thriller.
Why even bother to parody a genre that peaked in 1997, you might ask?
There are several valid answers to this question, as follows:
1. We’re a little bit lazy. When you parody a living, growing, changing phenomenon, you have to stay on top of the latest developments. And it pays to work fast in such circumstances. Having already done satires of more recent phenoms (e.g. the emergent church and the New Calvinism), we thought we’d take a little break and just kick a dead horse while it’s down.
2. It’ll be back. Soon. Mark my words. Then we’ll appear to be way ahead of our time.
3. To us, pop dispensationalism kind of stands in for everything that’s tacky, embarrassing, and mockable about modern day Evangelicalism.
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- Younger, Restlesser, Reformeder: A Good-Natured Roast - Just how reformed do you think you are? With clarity of insight that comes only from firsthand experience, the authors of Kinda Christianity take on their own cultural-theological movement, offering tips and tricks for all you New Calvinists. From what to wear to who to marry (and how to court them) to what to read, Ted Kluck and Zach Bartels help you work out your reformedness with fear and trembling. Foreword by Frank Turk.
- Saucy Broad: A Culinary Manifesto of Hope - One of our facebook fans recently pointed out how ironic it was for Gut Check to do a cookbook. We can explain. You see, after completing the Facing Tyson Audio Project, we were beginning to feel like we were neglecting the fairer sex. The next project, we decided, would be a cookbook.
If you’re gonna build a time machine, you might as well make it a Delorean, and if you’re gonna publish a cookbook, you might as well make it the Saucy Broad. She may not have a television show, a research budget, a world-famous blog, a hair and makeup expert, or a huge ego (yet), but she blends creative recipes, enaging narrative, and general thoughts on cooking and life into a tangy marinade of awesomeness. Bonus essays by Ted Kluck.
- 42 Months Dry: A Tale of Gods and Gunplay - For more than three years, the kingdom of Ephraim has been in the paralyzing grip of drought. Tempers flare in the oppressive heat. Water rations are running out. Even a benevolent breeze only stirs up dust and disquiet. The masses are growing restless, while the entire kingdom sits on the brink of political implosion. And the only man who can bring rain is the one who stopped it in the first place.
Get ready for a prophet you can't ignore. Angry, arrogant, and armed to the teeth, Eli Tishbi is ready for his next assignment. He may not look like a divine messenger, but his god is sending him to settle a score with the king of Ephraim. This supernatural thriller will blow your freaking mind. Or, to put it more eloquently...
“This is one of those seminal works that embodies a significant portion of our Reformed theological heritage. We all should rejoice to see this material finally available in English!” —Cory Hartman, age 12
“I gripped my seat, gnashed my teeth, slow-clapped, and even shed a tear . . . In a word: whoa.”
—Ann Mulia, Comic Book Artist, author of Psychoteers and Paladin
Gut Check Press would like to say, Merry Christmas and You’re Welcome!
Dear Gut Check Nation,
It came to my attention recently that there are other publishing companies popping up like ours, who intend to change the publishing business by publishing e-books, audio books, and real books.
My first thought, (after thinking that they might fail because they're not Gut Check), was that in five years you'll be able to swing a cat in any direction in Colorado Springs, Wheaton, and Grand Rapids and hit a semi-famous author and his editorial friends who have teamed up to do this sort of thing. There will be out of work Managing Editors shuffling around Chicago streetcorners, holding up signs that say things like "Will Sit in Meetings All Day for Food" and "Help Send Me to a Conference." Sad, but most likely true.
Anyway, just remember that Gut Check was first. And to these companies, we wish you the best (translation: "We must break you." - Drago).
And without further delay, here are five reasons why you need to buy Facing Tyson immediately:
5. If you don't, Gut Check Press will eat your children. (Not really...it's a quote from Tyson, from the book.)
4. Facing Tyson isn't $70, like Kevin McBride's slippers. (It's actually only $12.99, for five plus hours of entertainment.)
3. If you don't download Facing Tyson, you might get gutted like a fish. (Also from the book.)
2. Because buying the book will make you believe in the Willie...Cus D'Amato believes in the Willie...I believe in the Willie.
1. Because buying this book will teach you how to talk to these people.