nakedpastor101: Cartoons by David Hayward Paperback – Mar 22 2011
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About the Author
David Hayward has been a pastor of churches for over 25 years and is deeply interested in how people can form healthy communities. He is also and artist, cartoonist, and teacher. He and his wife Lisa live on the Kennebecasis River near Saint John, NB, Canada, and have three grown children.
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And David's work is funny. LOL funny. As the Naked Pastor, he bares his soul (not his body, sorry) about problems in the Church ... often, problems that result from rigid rules or non-acceptance or unfounded assumptions about the nature of God. Most are annotated with a bit of the thought process that went into their creation.
This book is in no way disrespectful to the Church. David is an insider; he has completed masters in Theological Studies and in Ministry and Religion, and has been pastor of several churches over 25 years. That's plenty of time for cartoonistic opinions to form, right? David admits that for this book he has purposefully chosen favorites among his less controversial drawings; rants against church vision and mission statements, and cartoons addressing the gay issue, have been omitted, so we may be drinking "Hayward light" at this time. Next time, David, lay it on us straight. We can take it.
If I have any complaints about the book, it's that he left out so much of his cartoons, and especially that he admits to avoiding certain topics that he has written cartoons for: church vision, money, and the gay issue.
The only other issue is the layout of a few two- and three-panel cartoons: becaues the book is oriented vertically and the two- & three- panel cartoons were published horizontally, they had to be reduced in size that are periously small for these old eyes of mine.
Having said that, what is in the book is wonderful, frustrating, & funny. And just when you find yourself pointing at others' bad church habits, the next panel stings you with something you yourself are guilty of.
Highly recommended for anyone honest about the foibles of the church and its utterly human side.