Thursday, May 27, 2010

The Last Christian - DAvid Gregory

Pages 407
Publisher:  Waterbrook

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This book was provided for review by the WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group

About This Book
In the future, it's possible to live forever--but at what cost?  A.D. 2088.  Missionary daughter Abigail Caldwell emerges from the jungle for the first time in her thirty-four years, the sole survivor of a mysterious disease that killed her village.  Abby goes to America, only to discover a nation where Christianity has completely died out.  A curious message from her grandfather assigns her a surprising mission:  re-introduce the Christian faith in America, no matter how insurmountable the odds.  But a larger threat looms.  The world's leading artificial intelligence industrialist has perfected a technique for downloading the human brain into a silicon form.  brain transplants have begun, and with them comes the potential of eliminating physical death altogether==but at what expense?  As Abby navigates a society grown more addicted to stimulating the body than nurturing the soul, she and Creighton Daniels, a historian troubled by his father's unexpected death, become unwitting targets of powerful men who will stop at nothing to further their nefarious goals.  Hanging in the balance--the spiritual future of all humanity.  In this futuristic thriller, startling near-future science collides with thought-provoking theology.  The Last Christian is a provocative "what if?" novel from David Gregory, best-selling author of Dinner With a Perfect Stranger.

My Review
What an awesome look at what our future might hold.  Abby is an American raised in isolation with the Inisi tribe.  When her people start dying she leaves the village and seeks help not knowing who to trust.  Upon returning to the village she finds all have perished.  No one can explain the strange illness that killed everyone in her village and no one can explain why she alone survived.  After receiving a strange message from her grandfather, Abby goes to America to bring Christianity back to a nation that has rejected it.  She finds the America she once heard about with its religious freedoms, no longer exists.  She takes up the mission to bring Christianity back to these people and uncovers a hornets nest that will put her own life at risk. 

I felt sorry for her for her constant loss.  I was reminded of Job who lost everything and yet remained faithful to God.  Abby was a modern day Job. She was willing to push her own grief and sadness away for a higher purpose. 

The marriage of Religious beliefs and Technology proved to be a thought provoking avenue to travel.  I loved a lot of the technology of the year 2088.  It made me realize that we are only 78 years away from that date and the possibilities now.  This was an absolutely thrilling book to read and I can't wait to pass it to my friends.  This is a must read for anyone who loves Science Fiction


  1. Great review--I'd like to check it out. The book of Job is a pretty fascinating Biblical tale.

  2. It is one of my favorites. Probably because when I was growing up we went through a period in my family where we lost one thing after another and it was my parents faith that lead all of us to see that God was still with us. Whenever I go through anything real tough I think of how Job handled it.

  3. I loved the book and I can't wait to pass it on to my friends. The message made me think of the state of the church today. Could this be our future? We need to let Christ reign in us so others will see Him and not us. Right now we don't look any different.This was what hit home to me.