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Reviews for Me, Myself, and Bob: A True Story About Dreams, God, and Talking Vegetables:

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Jul 05, 2016

A friend of mine told me about this book and loaned me a copy. Wow! I don't even like Veggie Tales and I was challenged and convicted by this book. I highly reccomend this book
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Oct 05, 2018

This book rocked my heart. It spoke to me as a creator. As an overachiever. As a writer. As a business woman. As a Christian. I cant even tell you how much. If you love VeggieTales, if you struggle with your art and making your dreams come true if you strive. You should read this book. Its beautiful.

Thank you, Phil, for your courage, your honesty, and for sharing your story, even though you didnt write grown up books. I needed this one. I really did. This book rocked my heart. It spoke to me as a creator. As an overachiever. As a writer. As a business woman. As a Christian. I can’t even tell you how much. If you love VeggieTales, if you struggle with your art and making your dreams come true… if you strive. You should read this book. It’s beautiful.

Thank you, Phil, for your courage, your honesty, and for sharing your story, even though you didn’t write grown up books. I needed this one. I really did. ...more
3

Feb 17, 2018

i love 'behind-the-scenes' books This made me want to watch all the veggietales movies over again!
5

Mar 12, 2016

This was both beautiful and heartbreaking. The adventures and the trials, the wins and the losses, the ridicule and the influence, the winning ideas and the dead ends, the small beginnings and the great falls, the triumphs and the failings--the story of Big Idea was resonating, encouraging, devastating and hopeful.

Phil Vischer was a Midwestern guy who wanted to do big things. He was talented, and through hard work he developed and perfected his God-given skills in story telling and moviemaking. This was both beautiful and heartbreaking. The adventures and the trials, the wins and the losses, the ridicule and the influence, the winning ideas and the dead ends, the small beginnings and the great falls, the triumphs and the failings--the story of Big Idea was resonating, encouraging, devastating and hopeful.

Phil Vischer was a Midwestern guy who wanted to do big things. He was talented, and through hard work he developed and perfected his God-given skills in story telling and moviemaking. He just wanted to do big things for God. I guess that's really where I sympathize with him. Like him, I see the moral decline of society and especially entertainment, and am discouraged by it. And it's so brave and admirable that he threw the use of his talents into glorifying God in our world.

He started small. He worked out of basements and back rooms, rented and unheated. A few dedicated friends helped Phil pull together the computer animation necessities in order to turn his fun, encouraging stories into the beloved kids' cartoons called Veggietales. Slowly but surely, it started to take off. Word of mouth was its main vehicle, and surprisingly it was college kids--instead of the expected young moms--who appreciated the original ideas, wit and humor in these Biblical kids cartoons and did a fantastic job of getting the word out.

The company grew, and Phil was ecstatic that God was finally using him to do big things. Big Idea got noticed by bigger companies, partnerships were formed, talented people joined, the mission of producing quality, Christian children's entertainment was booming. Phil's dream to become the next Disney was happening!

But then things started to go wrong. As the company grew, differing views were brought in, and the mission suffered. Worse, several company leaders had a very different idea of the direction the company should go than Phil did. And poor Phil. He was so busy churning out the stories and doing publicity for his life's mission, that he did not realize the extent of the damage. He'd never been great at the business side of things, preferring to leave that to the experts. A combination of money shortages, health problems, and traitorous friends led to a breakdown.

As they continued putting out beloved Veggietales videos, Big Idea was falling apart. They had expanded too fast, at the terrible advice of lousy friends whom Phil trusted. The internal conflict over the half-hearted stand on Biblical morals, caused by Phil's dislike of fighting and perpetuated so as not to offend the non-Christian talents who disagreed, only worsened things. Phil decided it was time for a return to the Bible, that it was time to stop chasing perfection while continuing to compromise. A lawsuit with their distribution company was looming, and things weren't going their way. Selfishness won out, and the lawsuit was not decided in Big Idea's favor. They lost a lot of money and Phil lost control of the company he birthed, nurtured, and poured his life into.

But he came away with the peace and rest of God, as well as some important lessons, which he goes over at the book's end. Some are practical business advice, like not over-expanding, and never putting all your trust in friends. Most importantly, he shares that it's not imperative to change the world for God. God loves us, and we love Him, and He helps us do whatever it is that He wants us to do. It's not something we can do on our own; anything we do is through Him, and sometimes that's some pretty amazing stuff.

The original Veggietales and Phil's legacy are cherished by kids and adults alike the world over, myself included. I pray God's blessings on Phil in the future. And "God made you special, and He loves you very much" now carries an extra layer of meaning through the reading of this story, and will continue to be a much-loved message in my life. ...more
5

Jan 18, 2018

Can a desire to do great things for God ever lead you astray?

I first heard Phil Vischer speak in the Fall of 2010 and was enthralled by his speech. At the time, I hadn't known anything about the events that forced him out of Big Idea. His main points stuck with me at the time, and while 8 years later many of the specifics had faded out of my memory, I still remembered his speech being memorable.

And so of course, when I realized he'd written a book about the rise and fall of Big Idea, I knew I Can a desire to do great things for God ever lead you astray?

I first heard Phil Vischer speak in the Fall of 2010 and was enthralled by his speech. At the time, I hadn't known anything about the events that forced him out of Big Idea. His main points stuck with me at the time, and while 8 years later many of the specifics had faded out of my memory, I still remembered his speech being memorable.

And so of course, when I realized he'd written a book about the rise and fall of Big Idea, I knew I had to get it.

Me, Myself, and Bob is like few other memoirs I've read. It's certainly engaging, funny, and informative. But it's unlike other memoirs because it's a story of failure, and in literary terms, it's basically a tragedy. Vischer pretty much spells this out in the first chapter. This isn't a memoir of success. It's a memoir detailing how Vischer had a colossal fall, lost his dream, and had to learn to pick up the pieces and figure out where he went wrong.

The questions that Vischer asks in this book are not easy questions to answer: Why would God allow a company that seemed to be doing great things for Him to fail? Why wouldn't he reward acts of faith that were done for Him? Why would He allow injustice to take place within the court system? Vischer has clearly spent a lot of time thinking about this and probing different dimensions of this issue. As a result, the answers Vischer provides are deep, thought-provoking, but also splendidly simple in the way that Biblical truths tend to be.

As someone who wants to do great things for God, whether in writing fiction or in helping other Christian writers, this memoir challenged me in my perspective and gave me a lot to think about. I read this book over only two days, and once I'd finished it, I put the book down and spent a good half hour thinking about what Vischer had to say. It isn't stuff you'll hear many other places: secular or Christian spheres alike. But it's true. And it's convicting. And it makes me remember again the importance of humility.

Many people are happy to talk about their successes. Few people are willing to talk about their failures. Even fewer are able to pinpoint why they failed, where they went wrong, and how we can avoid falling into the same trap. Vischer lies squarely in this last camp. The last fifty pages or so of this book have a ton of underlines and are chapters I want to return to again and again. Scratch that. They are chapters I need to return to again and again because the lessons there are lessons I'm too prone to forget otherwise.

This is not a memoir I want to forget about.

Rating: 4.5-5 Stars (Extremely Good). ...more
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Jul 28, 2013

I should scale back how surprised I am at how much I liked this book. Ever since I heard the lyric "We could use him as a footstool or a table to play Scrabble on./We'll beat him up and tie him up and throw him out of Babylon" used to describe Daniel (of Lion's Den fame), I've been hooked on Phil Vischer's Veggie Tales for their clever wit and sound Christian teachings. I wasn't expecting to find the things I loved about the a kids' animated video series in a combination I should scale back how surprised I am at how much I liked this book. Ever since I heard the lyric "We could use him as a footstool or a table to play Scrabble on./We'll beat him up and tie him up and throw him out of Babylon" used to describe Daniel (of Lion's Den fame), I've been hooked on Phil Vischer's Veggie Tales for their clever wit and sound Christian teachings. I wasn't expecting to find the things I loved about the a kids' animated video series in a combination memoir/self-help/how-to-succeed-in-business book.

I tend to find memoirs a bit self-aggrandizing, whether I like them (Franklin, James McBride) or not (Barbara Ehrenreich). Ehrenreich ends up on the "don't like" list primarily because she lets the conclusion she wants the reader to draw taint every sentence she writes. Vischer manages to avoid this trap,narrating key scenes from his youth and the rise and fall of Big Idea productions in such a way that the events are compelling on their own. But unlike his videos, wherein adults and most children already have a pretty firm gasp on what the big lessons were before Bob the Tomato gets piqued at the "What We Have Learned" song, the insights on life and success that Vischer shares here come out of the blue.

I really enjoyed this book both its ability to fill me in on what happened, in a business sense, with the Veggies between the '90s and 2005. I know little or nothing about businesses and their success or failure, but Vischer makes tech stuff about animation, selections of Presidents and the role of the CEO, the financing of movie projects, and the intricacies of corporate and licensing law compelling when he needs to. That's a feat that simply takes someone who knows his way around storytelling, which Vischer absolutely does.

Bookstores, and Christian Bookstores in particular, will never have a shortage on books that tell the tale of how God found people in the gutter and turned their lives around. This one is worth reading for Christians and non-Christians alike, if for no other reason that he never dips into the flagellation that typically goes hand-in-hand with such stories. There's no doubt that Vischer sees the work as an evangelical tool, but I don't THINK that his method of doing so will rub people the wrong way. His approach to God is an inclusive one, and he tells a tale of God's love that leaves no one out. ...more
4

Aug 18, 2019

This memoir could have been a success story, if only hed ended it a few chapters earlier. Instead, he told an incredibly humbling story of what it is like to make your dream come true, watch it succeed beyond your wildest dreams, and then, just as quickly, watch it implode spectacularly. Its really a tremendous story of big dreams and big failures and how to rebuild a life afterwards. The writing is a little silly & scattered (he wrote Veggie Tales, so thats no surprise), but he is so This memoir could have been a success story, if only he’d ended it a few chapters earlier. Instead, he told an incredibly humbling story of what it is like to make your dream come true, watch it succeed beyond your wildest dreams, and then, just as quickly, watch it implode spectacularly. It’s really a tremendous story of big dreams and big failures and how to rebuild a life afterwards. The writing is a little silly & scattered (he wrote Veggie Tales, so that’s no surprise), but he is so willing to be honest about the mistakes he made that the story is worth reading. He doesn’t try to lay the blame on anyone else but does a post-mortem to acknowledge all the missteps he made through hubris and ignorance and optimism. It’s an American story, like Death of a Salesman with a hopeful ending. ...more
4

Nov 02, 2019

While usually marketed as a cross between biography & tv studies & business, in reality this book was a very well-written personal journey of humility. Mr. Vischer, the creator of VeggieTales and the Big Idea production company chronicled his journey from childhood through 2005 with a commendable degree of self-awareness and responsibility. He presented his dreams and successes with honesty and ventured through his failures with dignity and remorse. There was no sugar-coating here, just While usually marketed as a cross between biography & tv studies & business, in reality this book was a very well-written personal journey of humility. Mr. Vischer, the creator of VeggieTales and the Big Idea production company chronicled his journey from childhood through 2005 with a commendable degree of self-awareness and responsibility. He presented his dreams and successes with honesty and ventured through his failures with dignity and remorse. There was no “sugar-coating” here, just the simple acknowledgement of his belief that if we “let go and let God” our lives will follow the correct path. I loved his humility and I loved his honesty. And I always continue to love his creativity. ...more
5

Nov 17, 2019

I found this book quite enthralling to begin with, growing up just a bit later than him, I still recall all the archaic technology, and remembering how slow dial up was and how slow our Commodore 64 responded, imagining the dedication it took him as a child to play with the tech was a bit of a nostalgia trip even when the tech became unfamiliar. Plus I "saw" myself mentioned in the book, as the college kid working at a Independent Christian bookstore doing exactly what he said that made Veggie I found this book quite enthralling to begin with, growing up just a bit later than him, I still recall all the archaic technology, and remembering how slow dial up was and how slow our Commodore 64 responded, imagining the dedication it took him as a child to play with the tech was a bit of a nostalgia trip even when the tech became unfamiliar. Plus I "saw" myself mentioned in the book, as the college kid working at a Independent Christian bookstore doing exactly what he said that made Veggie Tales big, I put those tapes in the kids TV/VCR combo because it wasn't a lame kid show that I had to listen to while working (the other TV up front was playing the Gaither Homecoming videos) and held Veggie Tales parties on my dorm floor. :)

But the end, the reviews I read before reading said that the end was worth it if you weren't interested in the front (which as I said I was) and I was thinking at the beginning, that I would read it to see if it would be something I'd recommend to my husband because he's in the struggling startup business phase...but the end. The end was for me. Crying at the end of a business memoir isn't what I'd expected, but I did. I'm struggling through dealing with something similar as he had, a dream's death, that "didn't have to happen because God could have saved it" and I felt as if someone understood. And what he said he learned through it resonated with answers I needed. Answers everyone needs really, whether you're just beginning to dream about what to do with your life, in the middle of chasing a dream, living your dream, or mourning it.

And I'd recommend reading the whole thing, even if you don't have the nostalgia connection to VeggieTales, just to feel how slow and hard things came together and how hard and fast things fell apart to really get the punch of the business and life lessons at the end. I'm very glad I read this book. ...more
5

Jul 21, 2013

Wow. Absolutely fantastic autobiography about the creator of the VeggieTales. With his usual humor, and unbelievable candor, Phil Vischer describes his life, his dream to create, his struggle to develop his idea, the rise of Big Idea Productions, and the subsequent fall of the empire.

Usually, autobiographies are all about how great they are. Seriously, why would someone write a book about themselves unless they have something profound to say, or to stroke their own ego? What I appreciated about Wow. Absolutely fantastic autobiography about the creator of the VeggieTales. With his usual humor, and unbelievable candor, Phil Vischer describes his life, his dream to create, his struggle to develop his idea, the rise of Big Idea Productions, and the subsequent fall of the empire.

Usually, autobiographies are all about how great they are. Seriously, why would someone write a book about themselves unless they have something profound to say, or to stroke their own ego? What I appreciated about this was Phil's recovery from utter failure. Whereas most autobiographies dwell on experiences or their success over all odds, this story could have been depressing, and most people who have failed wouldn't bother to write about it. But Vischer (in keeping with the style of Bob the Tomato) asks what he learned from his experience. He doesn't blame anyone specifically, but acknowledges his own short-comings and weaknesses, and explains how God allowed everything to happen the way it did to bring about a complete dependence on Him.

This book is truly inspiring! Unlike what you would expect, (you can achieve your dream! You can do anything you set your mind to do!) he explains how God used business/personal failure to build reliance on Him. IT'S OKAY TO FAIL, PEOPLE!!! I sensed a profound freedom that I don't have to "do" all things perfectly, better, faster, higher than everyone else. Whew! I encourage teens and adults to read this book. ...more
4

Jan 17, 2020

I read this book because I thought it would make me laugh. And it did. It is a fun memoir by Phil Vischer detailing the rise and fall of his company, Big Idea. Which was a surprise for me because I didn't know Big Idea went bankrupt in 2003.

To be honest, I thought VeggieTales was the creation of Focus on the Family or LifeWay or some other large distributor. I didn't realize it was the dream of one man who wanted to be the next Walt Disney. But it seemed to me Phil was the next Steve Jobs, both I read this book because I thought it would make me laugh. And it did. It is a fun memoir by Phil Vischer detailing the rise and fall of his company, Big Idea. Which was a surprise for me because I didn't know Big Idea went bankrupt in 2003.

To be honest, I thought VeggieTales was the creation of Focus on the Family or LifeWay or some other large distributor. I didn't realize it was the dream of one man who wanted to be the next Walt Disney. But it seemed to me Phil was the next Steve Jobs, both in creative talents and leadership failures. One big difference is that Phil is a Christian, and he allowed God to use the failure of his dream to drive him into the arms of his heavenly Father. The conclusion of the book was beautifully profound and surprisingly convicting.

Phil is a great writer, which makes this a fast and fun read. Whether through his books or movies, Phil helps us keep laughing and learning. ...more
5

Jul 28, 2014

re-read from October 9th, 2016, and it's up to 5 stars for you, Phil.

Thank you.
4

Apr 03, 2008

One thing that took me by surprise was how funny the first couple of chapters were, I guess I was thinking that it might be a little depressing, due to the nature of where the company ended up. I had heard bits of and pieces of Phil Vischer's story, but hadn't heard the whole story, and so I was anxious to read this book. This book was inspiring, I was amazed at what really went into Veggie Tales and how it all started to come together, where they got their ideas, it was all so fascinating. I One thing that took me by surprise was how funny the first couple of chapters were, I guess I was thinking that it might be a little depressing, due to the nature of where the company ended up. I had heard bits of and pieces of Phil Vischer's story, but hadn't heard the whole story, and so I was anxious to read this book. This book was inspiring, I was amazed at what really went into Veggie Tales and how it all started to come together, where they got their ideas, it was all so fascinating. I got a lot out of this book, I thought that Phil did a excellent job of keeping you entertained, but at the same time showing you how much work went into Veggie Tales. I'd definitely recommend this book.

*Taken from my book reviews blog: http://reviewsatmse.blogspot.com/2008... ...more
4

Dec 29, 2015

"Me, Myself & Bob" is a book by Phil Vischer, the creator of the massively popular VeggieTales. Using his trademark humour, Vischer chronicles the rise and fall of his company Big Idea, from its humble beginnings in the early 90's to its heyday 15 years later. His is an intensely personal story, as much about business as it is about Vischer's life. Unlike the majority of autobiographies out there, this isn't some ego trip, nor is it a simple, moralistic tale. This is Job's story, by way of "Me, Myself & Bob" is a book by Phil Vischer, the creator of the massively popular VeggieTales. Using his trademark humour, Vischer chronicles the rise and fall of his company Big Idea, from its humble beginnings in the early 90's to its heyday 15 years later. His is an intensely personal story, as much about business as it is about Vischer's life. Unlike the majority of autobiographies out there, this isn't some ego trip, nor is it a simple, moralistic tale. This is Job's story, by way of Phil Vischer. "Me, Myself & Bob" both encouraged and challenged me. It was different to what I expected, but I still recommend the book. You won't regret it. Just don't go in expecting too many veggies.

7.5/10 ...more
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Feb 08, 2017

I wish GoodReads had half stars, I really give this one 3.5 instead of 3.

I loved Veggie Tales so I enjoyed hearing the back story how Bob, Larry, and the whole crew were created.

I enjoyed the author's humor, which he used throughout the book. I felt the middle part of the book dragged a little too much for me, but the author finished the book strong and with some great advice.

My favorite part was when Mr. Vischer talked about how college students were responsible for making Veggie Tales I wish GoodReads had half stars, I really give this one 3.5 instead of 3.

I loved Veggie Tales so I enjoyed hearing the back story how Bob, Larry, and the whole crew were created.

I enjoyed the author's humor, which he used throughout the book. I felt the middle part of the book dragged a little too much for me, but the author finished the book strong and with some great advice.

My favorite part was when Mr. Vischer talked about how college students were responsible for making Veggie Tales popular in the mid-90s. I first heard about Veggie Tales my freshman year of college (1996) so I take that as a shout out. Lol.

This was written in 2006 so I look forward to Mr. Vischer perhaps writing a follow up to his latest adventures. ...more
5

Oct 15, 2018

Beware of your dreams, for dreams make dangerous friends. We all have themlongings for a better life, a healthy child, a happy marriage, rewarding work. But dreams are, I have come to believe, misplaced longings. False lovers. Why? Because God is enough. Just God. And he isnt enough because he can make our dreams come trueno, youve got him confused with Santa or Merlin or Oprah. The God who created the universe is enough for us. - Phil Vischer

The story of the rise, fall, and ultimately “Beware of your dreams, for dreams make dangerous friends. We all have them—longings for a better life, a healthy child, a happy marriage, rewarding work. But dreams are, I have come to believe, misplaced longings. False lovers. Why? Because God is enough. Just God. And he isn’t “enough” because he can make our dreams come true—no, you’ve got him confused with Santa or Merlin or Oprah. The God who created the universe is enough for us.” - Phil Vischer

The story of the rise, fall, and ultimately life-changing journey of Phil Vischer, founder of VeggieTales, is a beautiful, humble, gracious, and powerful read — especially for anyone who desires to do big things to change the world. Grateful for this book! ...more
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Feb 04, 2020

This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I really thank the author, Phil, for sharing his journey of forming Big Idea and VeggieTales with us. This book is a great story filled with lessons about creating and sustaining not only a healthy relationship with God, but also a successful business/company.

I only watched VeggieTales a couple of times when I was little and was never invested in the series, so I thought the beginning of the book was a bit slow when Phil was talking about the process of creating the characters. I also was not I really thank the author, Phil, for sharing his journey of forming Big Idea and VeggieTales with us. This book is a great story filled with lessons about creating and sustaining not only a healthy relationship with God, but also a successful business/company.

I only watched VeggieTales a couple of times when I was little and was never invested in the series, so I thought the beginning of the book was a bit slow when Phil was talking about the process of creating the characters. I also was not too interested when he was describing the certain animation and software tools he used. Already knowing how the VeggieTales characters look and move did help me understand Phil a bit better when he was talking about using physics to animate "bouncing balls" and needing to find objects to animate that could look "simple," "smooth," and "squishy." Despite me preferring a shorter beginning, Phil's detailed recollections of his childhood and journey to storytelling and animating really showed me that he is a passionate creator.

Like I mentioned above, Phil's story contains some great lessons (in my opinion). I really liked Phil's realization about the difference between living for God and living with God. I also liked the lessons he learned when he was trying to build and manage his company, Big Idea (e.g. To build a successful company there must be solid company values from the start, employees who all agree and believe in the company's mission and values, diverse teams with both creative and "financial" players, etc.).

I thought Phil's comments about Disney and his admiration for Walt Disney ran very naturally through the book. I especially love the moment when Phil realized that he had been obsessively aiming to be like Walt throughout his animation career. I thought that that realization moment towards the end of the book was very raw and genuine. Thanks to Phil, I now know more about Disney and am an even bigger Walt Disney fan than I was before (I am truly so marveled at how Walt Disney created such a long-lasting, influential company). ...more
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Jul 01, 2019

Im a VeggieTales fan. I know every word to Silly songs with Larry. So I was excited to dig in and learn the story behind Big Ideas rise and fall. You hear often follow your dreams! Dream big but you dont hear often give up dreams and your striving, God is enough. Phil Vischers story is a story of striving, following your dreams, watching God bless them and then let them crumble all for His glory. READ THIS BOOK!! I could barely put it down and it met me in some of the deepest crevices of my I’m a VeggieTales fan. I know every word to Silly songs with Larry. So I was excited to dig in and learn the story behind Big Idea’s rise and fall. You hear often “follow your dreams!” “Dream big” but you don’t hear often “give up dreams and your striving, God is enough.” Phil Vischer’s story is a story of striving, following your dreams, watching God bless them and then let them crumble all for His glory. READ THIS BOOK!! I could barely put it down and it met me in some of the deepest crevices of my heart. ...more
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Apr 23, 2018

So, I'm not an animator. I've never owned a media or graphics arts/video company. I've never had a dream of having this big huge impact on the world through writing, like Phil Vischer did with VeggieTales. And I'm certainly not in the same type of position, with my writing mostly a supplement to my income as a teacher.

I am, however, a Christian who is trying to walk that razor's edge between being true to my "voice" and being true to my faith. I have, also, in the last few years, had to let a So, I'm not an animator. I've never owned a media or graphics arts/video company. I've never had a dream of having this big huge impact on the world through writing, like Phil Vischer did with VeggieTales. And I'm certainly not in the same type of position, with my writing mostly a supplement to my income as a teacher.

I am, however, a Christian who is trying to walk that razor's edge between being true to my "voice" and being true to my faith. I have, also, in the last few years, had to let a lot of dreams "die," for the sake of sanity, health, and renewed focus on my faith, family, and my teaching job. I'll always be a writer, I'll always write the strange, weird, and odd, and don't plan on writing "Christian" stories any time soon. But in the words of Phil Viscer - where will I be five years from now, ten years from now, twenty years from now, as a writer?

That's none of my business. It's ultimately not up to me. And I'm working on being okay with that. ...more
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Aug 11, 2018

I loved the VeggieTales videos and 3-2-1 Penguins. Knowing that the book chronicles the "failure" of Big Idea made this book hard to read at times. The ending is not a sad ending, though, because of what God brought out of it. I am a faithful listener The Phil Vischer Podcast which is now called The Holy Post. Through listening to that podcast I have gotten to experience Phil's sense of humor and his depth on important topics of our day, AND I could relate better to what he was saying in the I loved the VeggieTales videos and 3-2-1 Penguins. Knowing that the book chronicles the "failure" of Big Idea made this book hard to read at times. The ending is not a sad ending, though, because of what God brought out of it. I am a faithful listener The Phil Vischer Podcast which is now called The Holy Post. Through listening to that podcast I have gotten to experience Phil's sense of humor and his depth on important topics of our day, AND I could relate better to what he was saying in the book because I already knew some of the backstory. What he has to say at the end of the book about our dreams and our motivations is so spot on. ...more
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Feb 20, 2020

If you like to talk to tomatoes... well, who doesnt?!?
Me, Myself & Bob is Phil Vischers look back at his life, and the rise and fall of VeggieTales. The book is as funny as youd expect it to be, and genuinely touching, too. Big Idea Productions was huge and influential, and then it was gone. This book explains how that happened, and the lessons that were learned. Like this: The impact God has planned for us doesnt occur when were pursuing impact. It occurs when were pursuing God. Highly “If you like to talk to tomatoes...” well, who doesn’t?!?
“Me, Myself & Bob” is Phil Vischer’s look back at his life, and the rise and fall of VeggieTales. The book is as funny as you’d expect it to be, and genuinely touching, too. Big Idea Productions was huge and influential, and then it was gone. This book explains how that happened, and the lessons that were learned. Like this: “The impact God has planned for us doesn’t occur when we’re pursuing impact. It occurs when we’re pursuing God.” Highly recommended! ...more
5

Apr 26, 2017

Fantastic book.

His life and process he used to create CGI characters so early one was impressive.

He was so honest about his failures that lead to bankruptcy and how Hod redeemed and restored him. His reflection on God and God's work in his life is deep, thoughtful, and inspiring.
5

Jun 02, 2019

I finally finished a book! Loved it. Met Phil last October and was so inspired by his story. This is an empowering guide to Christians who are seeking their purpose in life. Our plans are totally not Gods plans, and vice versa. Trust Him always. I finally finished a book! Loved it. Met Phil last October and was so inspired by his story. This is an empowering guide to Christians who are seeking their purpose in life. Our plans are totally not God’s plans, and vice versa. Trust Him always. ...more
5

Jul 08, 2017

A compelling and inspiring story of an ordinary man who happened to create hugely successful children's videos. Honest and truthful about the pain of bankruptcy and moving beyond it. A great story of developing in true faith. One thing that stood out is that through the book Phil never had the reader feeling any pity for him despite the rough events he went through.
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Mar 22, 2008

Just then, something happened that could go down in history as one of those pivotal moments - those providential, existential occurences that hold winthin them the potential to change the course of humanity: My wife walked by. She walked by the spare bedroom, looked in, noticed her husband playing with a computer-generated candy bar, and uttered thos immortal, life-giving words: "You know, moms are going to be mad if you make their kids fall in love with a candy bar."

That's what she said. Divine Just then, something happened that could go down in history as one of those pivotal moments - those providential, existential occurences that hold winthin them the potential to change the course of humanity: My wife walked by. She walked by the spare bedroom, looked in, noticed her husband playing with a computer-generated candy bar, and uttered thos immortal, life-giving words: "You know, moms are going to be mad if you make their kids fall in love with a candy bar."

That's what she said. Divine wisdom had dripped from her lips like honey. She spoke the truth. Then she headed off with the laundry.

"Good heavens," I thought, "she's right!" I couldn't make characters that were unhealthy! That would go against everything I was trying to accomplish! I needed something good for kids! I needed something that would make moms rise up & call me blessed! Something that would make them say, "Oh, thank you, Phil Vischer, for making my kids fall in love with ------!"

With what?

The next image that popped into my head was a cucumber.

I love behind-the-scenes stuff, as evidenced by my total addiction to VH1's Behind The Music when we had cable. So, when I saw Phil Vischer's book Me, Myself & Bob: A True Story About Dreams, God & Talking Vegetables at the library, I scooped it up, looking forward to an interesting read about how VeggieTales got started.

Phil's life (as written here with his trademark humor) has some great stories & a substantial amount of Walt Disney "worship." Bu what I didn't expect was to read a book that contained a large chunk of soul-searching and a spiritual epiphany that echoed in my own life.

What does it mean when God gives you a dream, and he shows up in it and the dream comes to life, and then, without warning, the dream dies? What does that mean?

Maybe that's your question, too... it certainly resonates with me. 5 years ago this month (when I originally wrote this review), I shuttered the doors on my dream, the church @ hickory hollow.

Last night, reading this book late into the darkness, I got a glimpse of what God might be doing, not only in Phil Vischer, but in me.

If God gives you a dream, and the dream comes to life and God shows up in it, and then the dream dies, it may be that God wants to see what is more important to you - the dream or him. And once he's seen that, you may get your dream back. Or you may not, and you may live the rest of your life without it. But that will be okay, because you'll have God.

I'm still wrestling with this... but it feels a little like all my feelings about tc@hh were shut up in a dark basement & Phil reached in and clicked on the light.

Suffice it to say, I'd recommend this book highly. ...more

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