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Author preaches the Bible in everyday tweets

Author Jana Riess explains why she's mixing religion and humor to spread the scripture's message


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.

“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.

Chris Snyder is a producer for Fox News based in New York. Follow him on twitter: @ChrisSnyderFox