Author and tweeter Jana Riess was looking for a way to learn from the Bible, but on the go. Enter the Twible.
In her new book, “The Twible: All the Chapters of the Bible in 140 Characters or Less . . . Now with 68% More Humor!,” Riess includes her tweets on all 1,189 chapters of the Bible tweeted in 140 characters or less, from Genesis to Revelation.
#Twible Prov 6: Wake up, lazybones! If an ant can get its own food & avoid hard times, there’s no excuse for you. Get your butt out of bed.
— Jana Riess/Twible (@janariess) December 31, 2013
“There a lot of people who would like to get more out of the Bible … but maybe they find it a little inaccessible so approaching it with humor and making it short … I think is helpful,” Riess said in an interview with Fox News’ Lauren Green.
Riess, a religion commentator, set out to write “The Twible” because she wanted to get a better understanding of the Bible. She uses her Twitter to share excerpts so a wider community can learn more about the holy text.
Riess said Twitter helped to develop her writing style for “The Twible.”
“As I was writing the book, I could see what was retweeted, what was favorite, what people were engaging with,” said Reiss. “I got a sense of what would work and what would not.”
The book has not been without controversy. A few followers were not happy Riess referred to God in the tweets as simply “G” in an effort to save characters. But Riess contends the feedback is mostly positive.