There are some books that make you rethink things in a massive way. This one is one of them. The book opened my mind to the boundaries between faith, religion, and the religious. It shaped my understanding in this matter in a way that still holds today, nearly 20 years after I first picked it up. Heck, I even referenced it during my university studies, much to the awe and surprise of the lecturer who heard it (He never expected this sort of thinking from an undergrad). But even if you don't need to have someone shatter your world, even if this stuff is clear to you, this is still a ridiculously funny, heartfelt, and interesting book to read. It will take you on a journey across desserts and seas along with a boy and a turtle and a whole lot of characters, from crypto-atheists to waterlogged philosophers to people up poles and steam powered turtles. It's a Discworld novel, and a wonder. Just pick it up and you'll see what I mean.
I have read several of Terry Pratchett's books, which isn't many considering exactly how many he has. His wit makes me laugh out loud. He's not necessarily for the average reader. Sometimes a joke will take an entire paragraph or longer to unfold. He's very subtle. so you have to be able to pick up that. If you can, though, he's extremely funny. This is my favorite book of his that I've read. If you are the religious sort, you probably shouldn't read his stuff, as he can be somewhat offensive in that arena. Realistically, though, he's just challenging people to think about their religion instead of blind acceptance. So, if this sounds interesting to you, I would definitely suggest that you read this or any other Discworld novel. There are tons of characters and they aren't written in a strict order, so you can pretty much pick up any available one and read it without fear of having missed something.
Wanna read a brilliant,funny story about "Religion" vs "Faith"? This is the book for you. Terry Pracchett's "Small Gods" skewers organized religion with a Discworld Tale about Brutha, the last True Believer in the Great God Om who, due to lack of faith, has been reduced to the form of a small tortoise. Om needs Brutha's help and the sincere, loyal initiate will gladly help his deity and maybe teach HIM a lesson in humanity.
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