December 14th, 2011
02:39 PM ET

Jesus toasters selling briskly

By Steve Walsh, CNN

(CNN)–From telephone poles, to store receipts to a cheesy snack, people have claimed to see the image of Jesus Christ in all sorts of unconventional places.

Others have drawn divine inspiration from what they believe is the face of the Son of God on their morning toast. A miracle? Perhaps. Or maybe it’s just toast.

This holiday season, Galen Dively, a Vermont entrepreneur, is capitalizing on the hunger for Jesus crust.

For $31.95, you don’t have to wait for a miracle to see Jesus on your daily bread. Look no further than the Jesus Toaster.

Dively’s company, Burnt Impressions, also offers toasters that imprint images of the Virgin Mary, peace signs and pot leaves among others.

Dively tells CNN affiliate WCAX right now, he’s selling 50 to 100 Jesus toasters every day.

What do you think? All in good fun? Marketing gone amok? Leave your comments below.

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Belief • Bible • Christianity • Christmas • Food

soundoff (775 Responses)
  1. Nedra

    I once had a toaster that could toast pictures of "Hello Kitty" on it. But, this is just a sick practical joke to give people. I could see how they would sell well in CA because they're all pot heads and would enjoy the pot leaf pictures and to make fun of others religious beliefs.

    December 15, 2011 at 8:36 am |
  2. Kebos

    A friend of mine regularly gets Jesus showing up in his toast and he has an ordinary toaster! A few times he has even had the toast coming out with Mary on it, or Mary and Jesus, or Mary and Joesph. In one case, it was an entire family photo with Joesph, Mary, Jesus, all the brothers and sisters, and Joesph and Mary's parents. It was quite something.

    At first I thought, this is divine. Now I'm just thinking after seeing so many that the whole Jesus brood are real show-offs and should really use the Internet or Twitter like the rest of us.

    December 15, 2011 at 6:31 am |
  3. Mary Fields

    Good times, good times. Oh, she'll be back tomorrow, she never really left, you know.

    December 15, 2011 at 2:04 am |
  4. Ungodly Discipline

    I hope Mary comes back tomorrow. Nighty Night.

    December 15, 2011 at 1:49 am |
  5. Ungodly Discipline

    Mary Fields Forever. Amen

    December 15, 2011 at 1:43 am |
  6. tallulah13

    I have a friend who was disappointed that the idea had already been taken. Me, I'm holding out until I can afford the Hello Kitty toaster.

    December 15, 2011 at 1:29 am |
  7. Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

    there is no God but Allah and Muhammad is his prophet.

    December 15, 2011 at 12:53 am |
    • Mary Fields

      I am the one and only (dead) Mary Fields.

      December 15, 2011 at 1:00 am |
    • Jim

      You are all committing blasphemy in the eyes of our original God ZEUS! Shame on you; just because the others that came later offered better benefits, such as eternal life, streets of Gold, virgins for some, etc. is a horrible reason to forsake him. Shame be upon you all, may Zeus ask Poseidon and the gang to cause a continuing heat wave, with storms, melting glaciers and rising waters. May this event be so great that none can ignore it, let it be called "Global Warming" for it shall effect everyone between Olympus and the Underworld! 😉 (Just kidding; Noah put down that saw.)

      December 15, 2011 at 4:55 am |
    • Hugh Jakok

      I hate to break this to you, but Islam's about as legitimate at The Old Lady Who Lived In A Shoe. And she can't even throw hers at anyone since she lives in it.

      December 15, 2011 at 5:00 pm |
  8. Ungodly Discipline


    I am giving you more air time than you deserve, but I wasn't quite finished and had a concert to go to.

    So just so I understand, you feel like you can dictate to me when I can leave, when I can come back, and how many handles I can use and when?

    I say to you, no. I can do whatever I damn well please. I enjoy the blogs and especially destroying your riduclous religious nonsense. It doesn’t’ mean I don’t respect you or love you as a fellow human, It is just good banter back and forth and since it is anonymous, nobody’s feelings are actually hurt in the real world. (Except for HS apparently, she is a psycho.)

    You are foolish, uneducated and weak. And when you can win an argument with me, that will the day hell freezes over. And in the absence of hell, that will be the day it snows in San Diego.

    Bless Mary Fields! And all you name stealers and trolls…..F you .

    December 15, 2011 at 12:43 am |
    • Uncouth Swain

      and in the absence of San Diego....well...um....Mary Fields to you!!

      December 15, 2011 at 12:44 am |
    • Uncouth Swain

      and Mary Fields your "concert" too, or whatever it was, maybe just you sitting in a metal folding chair in your dad's garage, listening to his antique radio play the Merle Haggard hour. Mary Fields you, you Mary Fielding Maryfielder!

      December 15, 2011 at 12:46 am |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Ungodly, you're kind of being a turd about this. Kindly recant your statement to Uncouth. Someone has been impersonating him as well. Please see my above statement for where I stand on this issue.

      December 15, 2011 at 12:57 am |
    • Ungodly Discipline

      Nope, the concert was my daughter's High School Holiday concert. She is 15 and a gifted musician and artist. It was very good.

      It is a shame you mind is so polluted.

      December 15, 2011 at 12:58 am |
    • Mary Fields

      Tom meet Mary, Mary, Tom Tom.

      December 15, 2011 at 1:03 am |
    • Ungodly Discipline

      I'm sorry, Uncouth, I didn't mean all the harsh things I said. You are my best buddy ever!!

      December 15, 2011 at 1:05 am |
    • Mary Fields

      It is ok UD, you spoke the truth. Bless you for being honest.

      December 15, 2011 at 1:08 am |
    • Uncouth Swaine

      I'm sorry too, Ungodly! You're my best buddy too! Hugs!

      December 15, 2011 at 1:10 am |
    • Eric Cartman

      Seriously, watching the dialogue between Ungodly and Uncouth is better than watching Terrence and Philip.

      December 15, 2011 at 1:13 am |
  9. CNN Moderator - Greg Stevens

    Ok everyone, cut the Mary Fields stuff. Now. I have collected all the IP addresses of everyone claiming to be "Mary Fields" and will be sending Cease or Desist notices to each of your IP addresses tomorrow morning if there is even one more "Mary Fields" post, per California Civil Code 421(b)(12).

    December 15, 2011 at 12:42 am |
    • Mary Fields

      go ahead and try- Mary Fields.

      December 15, 2011 at 12:43 am |
    • Observer

      Thank you.

      December 15, 2011 at 12:43 am |
    • CNN Moderator - Greg Stevens

      @Observer- go read about Thomas Jefferson and kindly stay out of this. Sir.

      December 15, 2011 at 12:47 am |
    • southernbluestocking

      Greg Stevens is the biggest moron on this entire cite – quoting California Civ. Pro. law for an online comment blog? LMAO! Someone block him, please.

      December 15, 2011 at 1:13 am |
    • Mary Fields

      but you gotta admit- it's kinda funny, especially since Observer apparently fell for it.

      December 15, 2011 at 1:14 am |
    • Mary Fields

      Well Greg, I might just have to file a FRCP 12(b)(2) motion to dismiss for lack of jurisdiction, coupled with a 12(g) and a 12(h)(1)(a). And if I really need to, I'll file under rule 60(b)(4). Bottom line is, good luck getting jurisdiction under the FRCP 4(k)(1)(b) Bulger Rule. And I would advise others to do the same. So, watch yourself, and don't pull a Mary Fields on us here.

      December 15, 2011 at 1:18 am |
    • Mary Fields


      December 15, 2011 at 1:27 am |
  10. The Real Mary Fields

    Mary Fields lived by her wits and her strength. She traveled north to Ohio, settled in Toledo and worked for the Catholic convent. She formed a strong bond with Mother Amadeus. When the nuns moved to Montana and Mary learned of Mother Amadeus' failing health, she went west to help out. Having nursed Mother Amadeus back to health, she decided to stay and help build the St. Peter's mission school. She protected the nuns. Mary was a pistol-packing, hard-drinking woman, who needed nobody to fight her battles for her. When turned away from the mission because of her behavior, the nuns financed her in her own business. She opened a cafe. Mary's big heart drove her business into the ground several times because she would feed the hungry. In 1895 she found a job that suited her, as a U.S. mail coach driver for the Cascade County region of central Montana. She and her mule Moses, never missed a day, and it was in this capacity that she earned her nickname of "Stagecoach", for her unfailing reliability.

    December 15, 2011 at 12:00 am |
    • Mary Fiields

      And she loved toast.

      December 15, 2011 at 12:03 am |
    • .....

      You have thus earned the nickname "asphalt" for getting trampled and then stupidly believing you're on top of the old "stagecoach."

      December 15, 2011 at 12:03 am |
    • Mary Fields

      And she loved butter on her toast.

      December 15, 2011 at 12:19 am |
    • Mary Fields

      let's see. Who would win? Mary "Stagecoach" Fields vs. Michelle "Clown Car" Duggar. It's a close call folks. I am Mary Fields.

      December 15, 2011 at 12:32 am |
    • Mary Fields

      Please remember folks. The real Mary Fields informed us all earlier that she would only answer to the name "Mrs. Fields." So I just have to ask: "Mrs. Fields, are you there?" We're waiting...

      December 15, 2011 at 12:35 am |
    • Mary Fields

      I am not Mrs. Fields. I am the real dead Mary Fields. Come back from the grave to by nice to people.

      December 15, 2011 at 1:06 am |
    • Mary Fields

      then you would know all about this: Mary Fields, also known as Stagecoach Mary, was the first African-American woman employed as a mail carrier in the United States, driving her mail route by stagecoach from Cascade, Montana to St. Peter's Mission, Montana.[citation needed] She was only the second American woman in all to work for the United States Postal Service.[1]

      Born a slave circa 1832 in Hickman County, Tennessee (the exact year of her birth is uncertain) she was freed when American slavery was outlawed in 1865.[1][2] For some time she worked repairing the buildings of a school for Native American girls in Montana called Saint Peter's Mission, eventually advancing to forewoman.[1] In 1895, although approximately 60 years old, Fields was hired as a mail carrier since she was the fastest job applicant to hitch a team of six horses.[1] She drove the route with horses and a mule named Moses and never missed a day, earning the nickname "Stagecoach" for her reliability.[1][2] This was despite heavy snowfalls that sometimes made it necessary for her to deliver the mail on foot, once walking 10 miles back to the depot.[1]

      When she retired she became friends with the actor Gary Cooper.[2] She was a respected public figure in Cascade, and on her birthday each year the town closed its schools to celebrate.[1] She died of liver failure in 1914 when she was a little bit over the age of 80.[2]

      In the 1996 TV movie The Cherokee Kid, Fields was played by Dawnn Lewis.

      December 15, 2011 at 1:11 am |
    • Mary Fields

      Thanks Mary Fields.

      December 15, 2011 at 1:31 am |
  11. Natalie

    I am a religious person and I think this is HYSTERICAL.

    December 14, 2011 at 11:35 pm |
    • Mary Fields

      Would your name be Mary Fields, by any chance?

      December 15, 2011 at 12:34 am |
  12. Reality

    Equal opportunity toast: (from a PowerPoint slide)




    December 14, 2011 at 11:28 pm |
    • Ungodly Discipline

      You have no idea what you're talking about. There is a God, and Heaven does exist. You won't be going there. Imagine that.

      December 14, 2011 at 11:37 pm |
    • Mary Fields

      Or not.

      December 15, 2011 at 12:20 am |
    • Mary Fields

      Mary Fields knows that Thomas Jefferson is in Heaven and you will not be. The Wizard of Oz has spoken!

      December 15, 2011 at 12:33 am |
    • Mary Fields


      December 15, 2011 at 12:36 am |
  13. Ungodly Discipline

    I love Jesus Christ, the Lord and savior. I believe that this "Jesus toaster" is blasphemous. It is a mockery of Jesus' sacrifice for all of us.

    December 14, 2011 at 10:28 pm |
    • captain america

      go to hell, Mary Fields.

      December 14, 2011 at 10:32 pm |
    • RichardSRussell

      Blasphemy is a victimless "crime".

      December 14, 2011 at 10:35 pm |
    • Ungodly Discipline

      I am a victim.

      December 14, 2011 at 10:58 pm |
    • Mary Fields

      You are a victim of Mary Fields.

      December 14, 2011 at 11:10 pm |
    • .....

      For a 46 year old "man," you sure do act like a child. The result of being friends with Penn State employees at a young age? It would seem likely.

      December 14, 2011 at 11:46 pm |
    • Mary Fields

      Or not.

      What is the most creepy about HeavenSent is she actually logs down things people post. Apparently I must have said I was 46 at some poiint. HS, this is all virtual, I miight by 20, I might be 70. You are so strange.

      December 15, 2011 at 12:23 am |
    • Mary Fields

      Mary Fields went to Penn State. And I am 45 not 46, dumbas s. I am Mary Fields.

      December 15, 2011 at 12:32 am |
    • .....

      It's funny as hell that you actually think you're talking to heavensent.

      December 15, 2011 at 12:34 am |
    • Mary Fields

      @..... it's funny as hell because...you are Mary Fields.

      December 15, 2011 at 12:37 am |
    • .....

      Fake name. Never used it before. It's even funnier that you're bent on it as though it's going to hurt my feelings. Funny that your time has been spent trying to soil a name I made up. You on the other hand, cry like a baby when people take your names. You make it a point to post on the blogs "That wasn't my post" as if it matters. Now THAT is sad.

      December 15, 2011 at 12:40 am |
    • .....

      Nighty night, nancyboy. Karma must've worked in reverse for you, eh?

      You know what I'm talking about.

      December 15, 2011 at 12:41 am |
    • Mary Fields

      at least my name is not ....... Bump.

      December 15, 2011 at 12:50 am |
    • southernbluestocking


      December 15, 2011 at 1:11 am |
    • Ungodly Discipline


      Ok, try to follow me here. You said, "YOU'RE AN UNBELIEVABLE IDIOT, 'UNGODLY DISCIPLINE."

      Now, you may be referring to something I posted, or you might be referring to someone who stole my name. Therefore, please explain why you think I am an unbelievable idiot. That would really help in having a conversation.

      December 15, 2011 at 1:39 am |
    • captain america

      tom tom the pipers son is the fa ggot name thief, posting as captain america, mary etc.This qu eer canadian type activity increases 100 % when tom tom comes on line. It is all bull sh it. Tom tom can steal the handles, but you just can't feel the love

      December 15, 2011 at 7:13 am |
  14. Shepherd

    Coming soon...to a trailer park near you!

    December 14, 2011 at 9:58 pm |
    • Mary Fields

      ...said Mary Fields.

      December 14, 2011 at 9:59 pm |
  15. captain america

    Look at all these canadian posts from Mary Fields.

    December 14, 2011 at 9:55 pm |
    • Ungodly Discipline

      You are Canadian, Captain Terrence A-Mary-Ca Fields! Ha ha I farted!! HA hahaha

      December 14, 2011 at 9:58 pm |
  16. Mary Fields

    I am the ghost of Mary Fields.

    December 14, 2011 at 9:55 pm |
  17. Mary Fields


    December 14, 2011 at 9:53 pm |
    • Mary Fields


      December 14, 2011 at 9:53 pm |
    • Mary Fields


      December 14, 2011 at 9:54 pm |
    • Mary Fields


      December 14, 2011 at 9:54 pm |
  18. Mary Fields

    This is Mary Fields for real this time. I just wanna talk about toast 🙁

    December 14, 2011 at 9:34 pm |
    • Mary Fields

      No I am Mary Fields. I like toast.

      December 14, 2011 at 9:37 pm |
    • Mary Fields

      you ARE toast, Mary Fields. I am Mary Fields.

      December 14, 2011 at 9:47 pm |
  19. Mary Fields

    This is Harvey Fierstein! Mary Fields is my mother! Leave the poor woman alone.

    December 14, 2011 at 9:32 pm |
  20. Mary Fields

    Hey everyone, this is Maurice Fieldstein. I'm really in the dark here. WHO is Mary Fields?

    December 14, 2011 at 9:31 pm |
    • Mary Fields

      I am Mary Fields.

      December 14, 2011 at 9:36 pm |
    • Mary Fields

      No, I am Mary Fields!

      December 14, 2011 at 9:46 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      No. You're a teenaged idiot without a girlfriend.

      December 14, 2011 at 10:15 pm |
    • Mary Fields

      No Tom, Mary Fields is my girlfriend. I am Mary Fields.

      December 14, 2011 at 10:16 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      No, your "girlfriend" is a sock.

      December 14, 2011 at 10:18 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      That smells.

      December 14, 2011 at 10:19 pm |
    • Mary Fields

      Perhaps you are correct Tom. But if so, it's a pretty sock, and its name is...Mary Fields.

      December 14, 2011 at 10:24 pm |
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