The Gospel According to Breaking Bad is officially available for purchase at Amazon for $2.99.
If you’re a fan of the show, you’ll appreciate this book, especially in light of the final eight episodes that begin airing tonight. In fact, one of the chapters discusses a variety of theories as to how the series will end.
Will Walter die? If so, will it be cancer, murderous Todd[ref]SPOILER ALERT FOR TWO SHOWS: Jesse Plemons plays Todd in Season 4 of Breaking Bad and shoots a kid. He also plays Landry inÂ Friday Night Lights and kills a guy to defend the honor of his would-be woman (even though we all knew he was never going to get Tyra). At least the killing inÂ Breaking Bad had some kind of purpose relative to the show’s narrative. The killing inÂ FNL, for all intents and purposes that the general public can ascertain, was to boost ratings. All that said, I think Jesse’s a great actor, but I fear he may start to get typecast. Or he’s actually just a bad dude in real life.[/ref], or in a hail of gunfire like Scarface? If he doesn’t die, who will? Will Jesse “break good?” I pulled together a number of theories and offered my own, but you’ll have to get the book to see what I think will happen.
I’d also like to think that the book does a nice job of looking at a few of the rather theological undertones of such a morally amoral show.
Don’t forget, 10% of the proceeds are going to the Oak Ridge Disciple House. Also, I’ll be updating the book following the series’ conclusion, which should be a free update to those who purchase the book now.
Additionally, if you’re an Amazon Prime member, you can borrow the book for free through the Kindle Lending Library.
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And here are some really nice things that people have said about the book thus far:
“As a fan ofÂ Breaking Bad, and as a student of religion and popular culture, it’s now clear to me that I haven’t been paying close enough attention to the series’ moral and spiritual dimensions. Thanks toÂ The Gospel According to Breaking Bad, I won’t make that mistake again.”
– Mark I. Pinsky, Â The Gospel According to The Simpsons
“Blake Atwood is one of the most thoughtful Christians you’ll meet. He’s always dreaming up new ideas and projects. InÂ The Gospel According to Breaking Bad,Â Blake applies his mind to yet another endeavor by taking a unique look at the spiritual elements of this popular television show. You’ve likely never read anything quite like it.”
– Jonathan Merritt,Â Jesus is Better Than You Imagined, Sr. Columnist for Religion News Service
“By putting Walter White and company under the microscope, Atwood brings the elemental structure of the human soul into magnified clarity. Who knew a world of drug kingpins, pathological liars and narcissistic grandiosity could be so ripe with moral meaning? Examining Vince Gilligan’s post-modern tale of pilgrim’s regress through a gospel lens enables Atwood to offer up a redemptive future for all of us who live east of Eden. This is a must-read guide for allÂ Breaking BadÂ fans who want to savor the final season as it unfolds.
– Brad Russell, Sr. Editor at FaithVillage.com
“InÂ The Gospel According to Breaking Bad, Blake Atwood brings a fan’s passion, a critic’s analysis and a Christian’s perspective to bear on the most provocative television program in recent memory. If you find the show intriguing, perplexing or just plain compelling, you’ll want to read this book. Spoiler alert: You’ll find yourself in these pages.”
– Marv Knox, Publisher of The Baptist Standard
“It is definitely worth the read and sure to stop you in your tracks and make you wonder how you never noticed the brilliantly crafted details that make this one of the best shows ever to grace the television screen. This book is full of “oh my” moments that you won’t be able to wait to share with your fellow Breaking Bad fans.”
– lebigham, Amazon Review
“Admittedly, I approached Atwood’s work a bit skeptically. I mean, I like both the gospel and Breaking Bad, but I was a little incredulous of there being any sort of meaningful intersection of the two. And I assumed (unfairly, it turns out) that any simultaneous handling of the two would result in either a secularized profaning of the gospel or a Christianized chastening of Breaking Bad, or a clumsy combination of the two. Happily, Atwood’s treatment does justice to both.
His analysis of Breaking Bad (and of the gospel) is insightful and balanced; he’s obviously done his homework. Atwood writes with an engaging and lucid prose, stylistically pleasing but not overwrought. Full of apt allusions and references to other works, along with a number of footnotes for citations and authorial asides, to say nothing of his keen knack for extracting meaning from the seemingly mundane, Atwood’s work is, in many ways, reminiscent of David Foster Wallace. (Now, I’m not comparing Atwood to Wallace; that would be unfair to both writers. Just saying that there are pleasant similarities.)”
– Aaron Wedemeyer, Amazon Review
A new excerpt of the book is set for release tomorrow, and a Q&A about the book will go live on Tuesday at FaithVillage.com.[ref]I had to pull a lot of strings for that one.[/ref]
I greatly appreciate your support. I’m equally anxious and excited about the types of discussions this book might foster, as well as the final eight episodes. I’ll be sad to see it go, but it’s been an incredibly fun ride.