254: Forbidden Fruit Creates Many Jams by Mary Katherine and David Compton

by Gerard


254.4: Compton, Mary Katherine and David Compton. Forbidden Fruit Creates Many Jams: Roadside Church Signs Across America. New York: New American Library, 2001. 134 pp. ISBN 0-451-20406-9.

Dewey Breakdown:

  • 200: Religion
  • 250: Christian observances in daily life
  • 254: Parish administration
  • 254.4: Public relations and publicity

Mary and David Compton’s Forbidden Fruit Creates Many Jams is probably as simple a book as one can conceive. Go around, collect witty saying from church signs, and present them in a compact volume to be consumed quickly without much fluff. I literally cannot say much more about it. Some are funny, some fall flat, some are judgmental, and some are uninspired. There’s no real originality or synthesis here, just two hundred or so pieces of text from signs.

For the sake of expedience, here are a few examples:

  • A backbone is better than a wishbone.
  • Many children are afraid of the dark. Many adults are afraid of the light.
  • Don’t like the Devil’s fruit? Stay out of his orchard!

It’s a quick book. I blew through it in about twenty minutes. It’ll at least conjure up a chortle or two.