Bill Myers’ “The Judas Gospel” (Book Review)

This morning I am linking up with Jen and our Soli Deo Gloria sisters… some of whom are bookworms just like me. Only perhaps without the grey hair…

Here is the latest title on my virtual shelf (the “…And Writers Read” page above):

Myers, Bill. The Judas Gospel. Howard Books, New York, 2011.

Once again, Bill Myers asks a “What if…” question and lets his fertile imagination go into overdrive.

In The Judas Gospel he asks, What if Judas Iscariot had never meant to betray Jesus, but was only trying to promote Him? Myers explores what might happen if Judas got another chance, this time to work with a young inner-city prophet in present-day Los Angeles. And this time, unlike when he followed Jesus, Judas would be allowed to use his own methods.

As with a true prophet, each one of Rachel Delacroix’s bizarre predictive dreams turn out to be accurate. Much too accurate, as far as the LAPD Robbery Homicide Division is concerned…

I’m usually a 15-minute-lunch-break reader, but as this suspenseful plot took me around twist after twist, I finally ditched everything else, curled up on the patio and read the last 70 pages in one sitting. What a ride–entertaining and lots of food for thought! I hope you will read and enjoy it.

Thanks for reading,
Jan
PS: If you have elementary-age kids, especially boys, I recommend Myers’ “My Life As…” series featuring Wally McDoogle. Here is his Kids’ Web page.

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2 Responses to Bill Myers’ “The Judas Gospel” (Book Review)

  1. This would make a great dinner table discussion about the effects of culturalism seeping into theology:)

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    • Jan says:

      Yes–the characters process that concept thoroughly!! And I think that guys, at least older teens, would enjoy the story. (It’s rather gritty here and there.) Thanks for commenting!

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