Starting off with a truly unique idea The Judas Gospel by Bill Myers captured me from the first page. He presents a highly engaging and smoothly written novel, combining the Christian theme with a suspenseful thriller quite perfectly. Though this isn't just any old whodunnit, the main focus of the story is on the what-if of celestial proportions.
Judas believes that God could draw in even more flock with the right, well, business strategies. In the person of Rachel, who has visions and healing hands, he tries to prove his point by marketing this new prophet. Throw in the fact that Rachel witnesses several killings in her visions and soon becomes the main suspect in police investigations and you've got quite a page-turner in front of you.
At first I feared that both threads of the book might not come together as well as they did, but the author managed to make an incredible scenario as fictitiously believable as possible. The characters are well developed and feel real down to the minor cast. And the story will keep you on your toes from beginning to end. The message is clear too – it's not about crowds, but touching individuals.
While this is certainly a Christian book, I didn't perceive it at all as preachy. I think it shows really well what humankind's relationship to God is and isn't about without forcing religion on the reader.
In short: An unusual and suspenseful take on biblical principles!
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