Godless Why mess around with Catholicism when you can have your own customized religion Fed up with his parents boring old religion agnostic going on atheist Jason Bock invents a new god the town s water tow

  • Title: Godless
  • Author: Pete Hautman
  • ISBN: 9781416908166
  • Page: 253
  • Format: Paperback
  • Why mess around with Catholicism when you can have your own customized religion Fed up with his parents boring old religion, agnostic going on atheist Jason Bock invents a new god the town s water tower He recruits an unlikely group of worshippers his snail farming best friend, Shin, cute as a button whatever that means Magda Price, and the violent and unpredic Why mess around with Catholicism when you can have your own customized religion Fed up with his parents boring old religion, agnostic going on atheist Jason Bock invents a new god the town s water tower He recruits an unlikely group of worshippers his snail farming best friend, Shin, cute as a button whatever that means Magda Price, and the violent and unpredictable Henry Stagg As their religion grows, it takes on a life of its own While Jason struggles to keep the faith pure, Shin obsesses over writing their bible, and the explosive Henry schemes to make the new faith even exciting and dangerous When the Chutengodians hold their first ceremony high atop the dome of the water tower, things quickly go from merely dangerous to terrifying and deadly Jason soon realizes that inventing a religion is a lot easier than controlling it, but control it he must, before his creation destroys both his friends and himself.

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    1. Pete Hautman

      Pete Hautman is the author of Godless, which won the National Book Award, and many other critically acclaimed books for teens and adults, including Blank Confession, All In, Rash, No Limit, and Invisible Mr Was was nominated for an Edgar Award by the Mystery Writers of America Pete lives in Minnesota and Wisconsin Visit him at petehautman.


    1. It's easy to create a new religion.All you need is a god and some disciples.The hard part is keeping your followers from doing stupid things in the name of religion.

    2. I never would have thought that I'll have the chance to read this book, for the reason that I don't even know that this book exist. However, when I once again attended a meet-up by The Filipino Group in last April 10 2011, which was also a celebration of the first anniversary of the group, Kwesi and I had the opportunity to swap books.I have given him the book 1st to Die by James Patterson and he gave this book to me, which I don't have any idea what the book is all about. But judging on the ti [...]

    3. Imagine this: On a hot summer day, a 16-year old, rotund boy invites you to join a new religion. The rules are simple: you don't have to wear robes like the cult you see in movies (you don't need to sacrifice virgins too!), it's quite informal and Tuesday is the Sabbath. Your god will be called the Ten-legged One, the town's 207 feet water tower. Will you be one of the converts?So, Jason Bock is a highly imaginative teenager who can ruin his chance with a girl by criticizing her habit of using ' [...]

    4. Interesting take on how different people approach faith and religion. As a teacher in a fairly conservative community, I wonder how many parents would truly appreciate the ideas discussed in the story. More than a few, I would guess, would feel threatened that it would give their children ideas contrary to their belief system. Worth reading and discussing, especially in how each character approaches "Chutengodianism" differently.

    5. Pete Hautman has a way of addressing weighty philosophical issues in oblique, readable ways. In Godless, Hautman tackles religion as a group of intelligent teenagers create a cult based on worship of the Ten Legged God, known by non believers as a water tower. The book doesn't necessarily attack religion, as the main character is actually somewhat envious of the surety with which his father and other Christians cherish their faith. It does, however, provide a critique of fanaticism as well as th [...]

    6. It can be hard to find young adult realistic fiction that isn't about Issues. While I totally understand the import of books on serious topics, sometimes teens are interested in regular kids with regular problems. This book is relatively straightforward: there's nothing supernatural, probably nothing that could trigger something overcoming trauma (except for a short aside about how one character's dead father was physically abusive), and just deals with a regular guy navigating his social circle [...]

    7. Godless is a very quirky and interesting read. It follows the story of Jason Bock, a self-proclaimed agnostic-going-on-atheist, who is questioning the religion he has been raised under and what it means to believe in a god. As an agnostic (possibly atheist?) myself, I found this book very thoughtful and entertaining. I really appreciated the approach the author had concerning a book about one questioning religion, and I found at times that the main character's thoughts were extremely relatable. [...]

    8. Hautman gives us an original take on organized religion and breaking away from the norm. GODLESS is young adult book which is enjoyable for adults. I really liked it.

    9. I would give this book a 3.5/5*, or possibly even a 4*. This book was 196 pages long and the story was well written.This is a book about a teenager named Jack, who lives with a mother who is determined to prove that her son is sick. With what, who knowsevery time he coughs, sneezes, sleeps too long or drinks too much she is sure that there is something wrong with him and so she has him at the doctor all the time getting tests done. And then there is his father who is a lawyer but also who is ver [...]

    10. I was so excited when I saw this book on the shelf at the book store. A young adult book dealing with a teen who is questioning his parents religion and saying he has atheist/agnostic viewpoints? Absolutely! As an adult atheist, I strongly believe that teens who are questioning religion need to see themselves represented in literature and those who aren't need to read things that sharpen their critical thinking skills. The book centers around Jason Bock. He is dissatisfied with his parents relig [...]

    11. "Godless" is about a boy who is struggling with the religious beliefs he believes are forced on him and society. Because of this he starts his own religion, one in which they worship a water tower. Creating it was more of a joke and statement, but his followers soon get carried away. He must try to control them and face the consequences of society for his radical behavior. The concept of this book was really good. Hautman did good at bringing up an issue that is on a lot of people's minds. The p [...]

    12. This was an honest and irreverent tale of an agnostic kid who decides to start his own religion for kicks. What I really liked about it was that the followers he recruits are all in the joke cult for different reasons (just like real religion) and all practice differently (just like real religion) and some would rather split into their own sect than follow rules the founder sets (just like . . . well, you know). What's also WONDERFUL about this book is that the cult members--"Chutengodians," who [...]

    13. Wow. It's been awhile since I've been on GoodReads. I wasn't really keeping up with GR since school ended last year *sweatdrop*But with the new 7th graders looking eagerly for books they'll enjoy, and in addition to this amazing new book I read, well, I just had to review this one.Let me start out truthfully. Usually I don't read books with those little golden or silver seals on them. I like discovering new books that no one has read yet, and help make it worthy of a seal. But from the minute I [...]

    14. The book "Godless" is about a boy that is not satisfied with his Catholic religion, so he created his own. Jason created the religion of the Ten Legged God, or Chutengodism. He got a couple members to join with him. The members were Henry, Dan, Shin, Magda, and of course Jason. One night the kids decided to climb on top of the tower with the help of Henry Stagg. Dan, Shin, Magda, Jason, and Henry managed to get up to the top. Shin couldn't conquer his fear of heights though, so he went home. The [...]

    15. Teenagers and adults some people read and then some people don’t read but for the people that do read i would suggest they read the book Godless and the Author of the book was Pete Hautman, In the book it talks about these kids Henry Stagg, Shin but his real name is Peter Stephen Schinner Jason a lot goes on in the story and the kid in the story named Jason Bock was tired of his parents boring and old religion stuff they tell him and get him too read. So what Jason does is that he gets his fri [...]

    16. Pete Hautman’s got a bunch of books, YA and otherwise. The first one I read was Blank Confession, a crime thriller with a light comic touch - it had that feel of a paperback you take to the beach and read all in one sitting. I enjoyed it. I wanted to read more Pete Hautman. My second title was Godless, which received a National Book Award and was billed as having a more heavy comic touch.Premise of Godless is this - a bored agnostic kid in a small Midwest town makes up his own religion (Chuten [...]

    17. This book would go under a drama/religion genre, and the theme is trying to find something to believe in. Jason (main character) decides he no longer wishes to be Catholic like his parents and decides to create his own religion, Chutengodianism, a.k.a to worship the town's water tower. Along the way he find followers: Shin, his best friend, Dan, the Preacher's son, Henry the bully, and Magda, the some what practical one. Later on their religion begins to grow and soon enough they're able to come [...]

    18. The problem with me reading books that I will probably relate to is that I will probably get chided by people because they, too, like me, judge books by their covers. The impression I got from this cover? "Some kid is an atheist and decides to start worshipping watertowers.And it's amazing that I was right because you din't even have to be psychic.So as wacky as this book's plot sounded, and despite the fact that my semireligious parents were probably going to scold their nonbeliever daughter fo [...]

    19. Jason didn’t mean to cause trouble, but when he decides to try creating a new religion, that’s about all he manages to have. Jason wonders why a religion succeeds, and decides to test it with worshipping the Ten-Legged One, or rather, the town’s water tower. He recruits his bestfriends to help, and inadvertently recruits a bully and a beautiful girl. This is the start of the trouble, for Henry (the bully) wants all to meet at the top of the tower and swim inside, and it ends with Henry fal [...]

    20. Genre: philosophy, teenage angstSummary: Jason Bock and his friends create a new religion worshiping the town's water tower. It's all fun and games until it gets out of control. Jason and his friends climb the tower late one night and Henry breaks into the tower and they all go swimming in the town's drinking water. They lose their flashlight and have to struggle to find the ladder out and when they get out, Henry falls off the roof, only to land on the catwalk breaking his femur. Jason is arres [...]

    21. I usually only read genre fiction (AKA fantasy and mystery), but once I started reading this book, I couldn't put it down. Part of that was the pacing: I thought the book was pretty well paced overall. The issue of religion also intrigued me. We hear all the time that adolescence is a time of change and that reevaluating religious beliefs can be a major part of that. It was interesting to me to watch the characters' motivations evolve throughout the story. Jason is curious, Shin is obsessed, Hen [...]

    22. 2004 National Book Award winner for Young People’s Literature, this is a contemporary book in that it isn’t fantasy or sci-fi, but the whole setting seemed more reminiscent of my own childhood more than my kids’. I read a ton of YA literature, but not that much of it contemporary. Most of my more realistic YA fiction recommendations come from my friend who is currently writing in the YA genre while working her day job as a lawyer. She has excellent book picks.Set in a small town, a group o [...]

    23. Godless by Pete Hautman is an engrossing book that I suggest young adults read. Currently, religion is a very controversial subject which is presented extremely well in this book. It has a thought-provoking theme that revealed the brutal truth of religions in our world. In addition, the theme is very captivating and really gets the reader to contemplate. Its set the intriguing tone of the plot where the protagonist, Jason, decided to make his own "religion" with a few buddies of his. As Jason an [...]

    24. I thought that this novel was interesting. Having my own religious preferences, I was at first hesitant when I realized what the book was about. However, having read it, it makes sense that the author appeals to the young adult's natural tendencies to question and challenge the beliefs imposed by others. While I can see some parents questioning the content of this novel, it does a good job of portraying the coming-of-age of a boy misfit. I was intrigued, so I read the author's response to critic [...]

    25. "Godless," a 2004 National Book Award winner written by Pete Hautman, tells the story of a fateful summer in the life of teenager Jason Bock. Fed up by his parents (a mother who believes any slight illness could mean impending death and a father who is a straitlaced lawyer) and their constant pushing of their Catholic religion, Jason, in a crisis of faith, decides to create his own religion: Chutengodianism. At the root of this new religion is the worship of the "10-Legged-One," which in reality [...]

    26. I totally thought this book was going to be about an incredibly intelligent teenage boy who thinks up a ridiculous religion. He would then form reasons why it's inevitable to worship a giant water tower, rally up a bunch of people, con them for their money and then make them all realize (to some extent) that faithfully attending religious meetings and believing in it alone, is not going to get you saved. I was so excited to read this book but it just turned into an epic fail. The book is about a [...]

    27. Jason is a 15-year-old who is dissatisfied with the religion presented to him. While he really is apathetic most of the time, he decides to have some fun and create his own religion, Chutengodianism, a religion that worships the town's local water tower. Jason soon gathers a small group of disciples, and while he's largely goofing off, he watches as the other members take Chutengodianism too far and in different directions. In the process he learns more about himself and more about religion and [...]

    28. An excerpt from a paper if mine on Hautman: In Godless,Pete Hautman used his character Jason Bock to illustrate his philosophy, “[in a book] what you see is somebody's idea of reality.” But sit down with a stack of student journals, and one would notice that dealing with faith and religion, like Hautman does in Godless, is right on the top of many students’ “real issue” lists. Hautman’s novels have teen themes─getting the girl, fitting in, being successful, peer pressure─but he t [...]

    29. This book was very clever and thought-provoking without ever crossing over into that territory where I feel like an author is patting himself on the back the whole time he's writing, thinking "I'm SOOO smart to think of this." No, Godless is smart and funny without being arrogant. I enjoyed reading it very much, and it's a book I will recommend to readers as well as writers as being an example of great writing. The author does an amazing job at showing (rather than telling) everything from the c [...]

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