I read Vischer’s autobiography in 2007, soon after it was published. I had no children and had never seen a single episode of his famous Veggie Tales, and knew virtually nothing about him when I picked up his book after hearing a brief snippet of an interview with him on the radio.
I am so glad I heard that interview segment, and so glad that it piqued my interest in Vischer’s story enough to search for his book. His writing is funny and engaging (albeit sometimes scattered), and his story is engrossing. I appreciated so much how he doesn’t sugar-coat his mistakes, but he also doesn’t wallow in them. How he was able to see what really mattered in his story – in all our our stories – has stuck with me.
His leadership lessons are inspiring, but his life lessons are wise and transformative. I think the book would be an excellent read for anyone trying to follow God’s path for their lives verses trying to make their own path, even if it seems to be a really good path to follow. Intellectually knowing that God is in control and has a plan is one thing, but Vischer has a way of bringing that to life – with all the blessings (and challenges) that it includes. I loved how he shows how it doesn’t work to put our dreams ahead of God in our lives (even dreams that are meant to honor God, even dreams that we think come from God). I love how he writes about finding God in success and failure (because so often books present it in the other order).
This is just such a different book than I’m used to reading – most business books or Christian books may have failure in them, but it’s at the beginning, before the protagonist learns how to succeed/finds God/whatever. In this book? The failure is at the end in a sense, and it makes the story that much more powerful. If you’ve ever struggled with losing a dream – especially a dream that seems like it’s coming true – I think the book will resonate with you.
Now I have kids who watch Veggie Tales, and his new project What’s in the Bible with Buck Denver, and I appreciate them (and him) that much more.
This is a story of dreaming big and working hard, of spectacular success and breathtaking failure, of shouted questions, and, at long last, whispered answers. With trademark wit and heart, Phil Vischer shares how God can use the death of a dream to point us toward true success.
Larry. Bob. Archibald. These VeggieTales stars are the most famous vegetables you’ll ever eat. Oops, meet. Their antics are known around the world. But so much of the VeggieTales story hasn’t been told. In Me, Myself, and Bob, Phil Vischer, founder of Big Idea and creator of VeggieTales, gives a behind-the-scenes look at his not-so-funny journey with the loveable veggies. From famed creator to bankrupt dreamer, Vischer shares his story of trial and ultimate triumph as God inspired him with one big idea after another.
I don’t have any really similar suggestions for additional books to read if you like this one – there aren’t any that are the same blend of business/faith memoir that I know of.
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