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Number of Pages: 304
Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2016
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Edgar Award-winner and internationally bestselling novelist tells of his improbable conversion from agnostic Jewish-intellectual to baptized Christian and of the books that led him there.
"Had I stumbled on the hallelujah truth, or just gone mador, that is, had I gone mad again?"
No one was more surprised than Andrew Klavan when, at the age of fifty, he found himself about to be baptized. Best known for his hard-boiled, white-knuckle thrillers and for the movies made from themamong them True Crime (directed by Clint Eastwood) and Dont Say a Word (starring Michael Douglas)Klavan was born in a suburban Jewish enclave outside New York City. He left the faith of his childhood behind to live most of his life as an agnostic in the secular, sophisticated atmosphere of New York, London, and Los Angeles. But his lifelong quest for truthin his life and in his workwas leading him to a place he never expected.
In The Great Good Thing, Klavan tells how his troubled childhood caused him to live inside the stories in his head and grow up to become an alienated young writer whose disconnection and rage devolved into depression and suicidal breakdown. But he also stumbled into a genuine romance, a passionate and committed marriage whose uncommon and enduring devotion convinced him of the reality of love.
In those years, Klavan fought to ignore the insistent call of God, a call glimpsed in a childhood Christmas at the home of a beloved babysitter, in a transcendent moment at his daughters birth, and in a snippet of a baseball game broadcast that moved him from the brink of suicide. But more than anything, the call of God existed in storiesthe stories Klavan loved to read and the stories he loved to write.
The Great Good Thing is the dramatic, soul-searching story of a man born into an age of disbelief who had to abandon everything he thought he knew in order to find his way to the truth.
Andrew Klavan is an award-winning writer, screenwriter, and media commentator. An internationally bestselling novelist and two-time Edgar Award-winner, Klavan is also a contributing editor to City Journal, the magazine of the Manhattan Institute, and the host of a popular political podcast on DailyWire.com. His essays and op-eds on politics, religion, movies, and literature have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, the Washington Post, the LA Times, and elsewhere. He lives in Southern California.
Susan5 Stars Out Of 5The Great Good ThingNovember 14, 2016SusanQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Andrew Klavan who is a well-known, award-winning novelist, nor had I read any of his previous work. What attracted me to this book was the subtitle: A Secular Jew Comes to Faith in Christ.
The Great Good Thing is Andrew Klavan's story. He is that secular Jew and this is his memoir. This is the account of how, in his words, "by the hilarious mercy of God, I had made my way to the great good thing."
In the first chapter, Klavan is heading to the church to be baptized; in the last chapter the baptism takes place. In the thirteen chapters between, Klavan shares some of the events of his life that played a part in leading him to the great good thing.
This is not a typical conversion tale, if indeed there is such a thing. It is not a book about doctrine or theology. It is an interesting, well-written account of an agnostic Jew who ends up at a baptismal font at the age of 50. Klavan is very open about how he fought the call of God, a call first glimpsed in a childhood Christmas at the home of a beloved babysitter.
The Great Good Thing: A Secular Jew Comes to Faith in Christ is Andrew Klavan's life story. It is wonderfully written, just as might be expected from an award winning writer. It is interesting account of an interesting man's journey to Christ. A highly recommended read.
I received a free copy of The Great Good Thing by Andrew Klavan from Book Look Bloggers and Thomas Nelson Publishing in exchange for my honest opinion.
Kendra4 Stars Out Of 5The Great Good ThingOctober 30, 2016KendraQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4Author of internationally bestselling crime novels, Andrew KIavan, tells of his coming to faith in Christ. Klavan was born into a Jewish family in suburban New York City. His childhood was troubled, particularly his relationship with his father. He left home and wandered in search of Experience, eventually ending up at the University of California at Berkeley, where he met his future wife. Through Klavan's experiences and reading, God began to reveal himself in small yet powerful ways to this agnostic, angry, depressed and suicidal man. Over a period of years, Klavan eventually came to faith and was baptized as a Christian.
As one would expect from a bestselling author, this memoir is very well written. There is a lot of description of thought processes and logic, and some of that took several reads for me to figure out what he was saying. The book doesn't talk much about Klavan's doctrine or discipleship, just his journey to Christian faith.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my review.
Jesse5 Stars Out Of 5A Great ReadSeptember 22, 2016JesseQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Andrew Klavan's new book is an open and honest look on his life and his lifelong search for truth that led him to faith in Jesus Christ. His writing makes you feel like you are there, taking the journey with him. It is a great read that is hard to put down.
Jo5 Stars Out Of 5Excellent ReadSeptember 15, 2016JoQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This book is wonderful; I loved it. The writing itself is phenomenal. The author obviously has a way with the written word and the imagery is wonderful; I could really picture the settings and feel the emotions. There was a chapter focusing on Christmas that I particularly loved because as I read I felt like it was Christmas, right then and there at the end of August, and when I finished the chapter I couldn't wait for December with all its lights and songs and movies and that lovely Christmas spirit.
Klavan wrote his story in such a way that for me, at least, it was very relatable; he referenced movies, shows, books, songs, places, thoughts and feelings that I myself experienced and remembered. It was a bit like conversing with a friend, reminiscing over favorite songs and sharing memories. At the same time, it is his memoir so of course the content was all his own experiences, completely separate from anything I myself have experienced, which made the story both interesting and entertaining. He tells the reader about his life, growing up as "a secular Jew"; he writes about his family, the neighborhood he grew up in, the places he traveled, the various people and works that influenced his life, all of which leads him to a knowledge of God, and ultimately devotion to Christ. It is a beautiful and heartfelt story.
Additionally, it is told with a sense of humor which I find very enjoyable. I thought I would read this book leisurely over the course of a couple weeks but I ended up finishing it in 3 days, switching back and forth from my phone to my nook and reading on my breaks at work because I didn't want to put it down. I would honestly recommend this book to pretty much anyone.
warriorwoman915 Stars Out Of 5Beautifully written!September 14, 2016warriorwoman91Quality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0Every time I picked it up I could not put it down! Phenomenal writing--Klavan has such a vivid way of describing events in various times of his life as if he lived them yesterday. Highly recommend!