HOME SCHOOL BOOK REVIEW
Book: Winners and Losers: The Pulkington Printouts
Author: Brian Blandford
Publisher: Regal Books, 1985
Language level: 1
(1=nothing objectionable; 2=common euphemisms and/or childish slang terms; 3=some cursing or profanity; 4=a lot of cursing or profanity; 5=obscenity and/or vulgarity)
Recommended reading level: Teens and adults
Rating: **** 4 stars (GOOD)
Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker
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Blandford, Brian. Winners and Losers: The Pulkington Printouts (published in 1985 by Regal Books, a division of GL [Gospel Light International Foundation] Publications, P. O. Box 6688, Ventura, CA 93006). William (Bill) Pulkington is a 35-ish “youth pastor” with the Fairmont Community Church in Fairmont, of which he writes, “We’ll just have to say it’s in America, somewhere. Or, on the other hand, anywhere.” However, after ten years there, it is time for him to move on, and his replacement is Mike Baldwin. Bill has a theory that everyone who has ever lived will find themselves mirrored in the Bible, not just in a general way, but in the characters that populate its pages, and he has developed a computer program to record how past and present members of his church youth group fit in with his theory. With the help of two of those members, Joe Miller, 21, and Joe’s fiancée Georgina Lafayette, age 18, who are workers in the group, the two leaders discuss the parallels between various Biblical characters and members of the group to help prepare Mike for his new work. Bill promises to make a complete printout of all his notes for Mike’s future reference.
Some are winners who demonstrate characteristics like those of the Virgin Mary, Timothy, Abigail, Uriah the Hittite, the Syro-Phoenician woman, and Joshua and Caleb. Others are losers who model qualities similar to those of Pharaoh, Ahab and Jezebel, the Athenian philosophers, and Absalom. Still others are a mixed bag of good and bad traits like King Saul and Samson. Which one is Bill Pulkington like? Many people would find this book a boring waste of time, but as a minister myself, I thought that it was quite interesting and at least would stimulate a further study of the Bible characters mentioned. One might not always agree with all of the conclusions and interpretations regarding those characters, and there are a number of denominational terms and concepts which not everyone accepts, such as youth pastors, youth groups, once saved—always saved, praying the sinner’s prayer, the possibility of demon-possession and modern miracles, etc. However, I enjoyed reading it.