Monday, May 24, 2010
The Last Christian by David Gregory
ABC news headlines Scientists Create First 'Synthetic' Cells and BBC headlines Scientists in the US have succeeded in developing the first living cell to be controlled entirely by synthetic DNA while I'm drinking my coffee, contemplating how to do The Last Christian justice in reviewing it. Part Sci-Fi, part medical drama, Gregory's thriller could be a page out of our future if this mornings headlines are any indication of where medical technology is headed.
Christian fiction has had it's critics. What can anyone learn from a story that is not based on truth, they ask? Gregory answers his critics in a profound and convincing manner. One of the main points in his novel is that medical technology and the well being of the body will take precedence over spirituality-specifically Christianity. Isn't that already evident-as if political correctness hasn't placed enough pressure on Christianity to embrace and be tolerant of other religions, science continues to bombard us with the message that with the proper care, we could live a long, healthy life. Through prevention and greater publicized, pharmaceutical drugs, your quality of life can be greatly improved from those even a generation ago. The constant onslaught of drug related advertisements should make it very obvious where the allegiance of corporate America is.
Gregory paints a graphic picture of what our belief in God may cost one day. We don't know persecution as it applies to our faith. Not yet, anyway. As he describes the sacrifice Missionaries make in entering "the inside" of villages, and the inability to emerge to "the outside", it is prudent that we as believers in a free country make our faith mean something.
Fiction does mimic reality and Gregory entertains as he takes the reader on a futuristic "what if" journey. He is the author of Dinner with a Perfect Stranger, A Day with a Perfect Stranger, The Next Level, and the coauthor of the nonfiction 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. He is well gifted, extremely realistic, and has penned a book worth reading.
From the publisher-When missionary Abigail Caldwell emerges from her jungle village in A.D. 2088, she arrives in America to find Christianity has disappeared---and brain transplants promise eternal life! Determined to restore the nation to God, Abby joins forces with historian Creighton Daniels. What will they do when a powerful conspiracy threatens humanity's spiritual future---and their own lives?
Paperback: 416 pages
Publisher: WaterBrook Press; 1 edition (May 4, 2010)
Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.1 x 0.9 inches
Note-A copy of The Last Christian was provided by Waterbrook for review purposes.