Friday, May 28, 2010

The Last Christian (review)

I have hesitated to write this review. Not because the book was bad, on the contrary, the book was VERY good. So good, in fact, I have been thinking about it for the last couple of weeks. So good that I have had some very interesting conversations with my husband. Abigail Caldwell, daughter of missionary parents, who has been isolated most of her life in the jungle is thrust into American society in 2088 after a tragedy in her village. In American society, Christianity has been virtually obliterated and people are addicted to Virtual Reality. Brain transplants are becoming a reality thanks to the leading artificial intelligence company. Abigail receives a disturbing message from her grandparents that place the fate of the world in her hands. There are others that want Abigail to disappear and keep quiet.

The book poses interesting situations and rousing questions. What if Christians keep quiet and let society tell us that we have no voice? Will Christianity be relegated to "antiquated" ideas and the "religion of the un-educated"? Will technology, without inventors and users with morals, become corrupt and steal the essence of our humanity?

If you want a laid back read, this ISN't it. If you want a fast-paced, futuristic, make-you-think read, pick this one up!

David Gregory is the best-selling author of Dinner with a Perfect Stranger, A Day with a Perfect Stranger, The Next Level and the coauthor of the nonfiction book, The Rest of the Gospel. After a ten-year business career, he returned to school to study religion and communications, earning master's degrees from Dallas Theological Seminary and the University of North Texas. A native of Texas, he now lives in the Pacific Northwest.

This book was provided for review by Waterbrook/Multnomah. You can read more and purchase it here.