Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt
a report by Robert Wise

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Ann RiceWhen I first heard about this book, Ann Rice's, Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt,  it was from my wife as I was working on the computer with the news on in the background. My wife came and ask me if I had heard that last story on the newscast. I told her no, what was it all about.  She told me about the story and we looked it up on the Internet and I was amazed at the review for the new book by Ann Rice. I had to ask myself why the television news people thought this was news worthy but then it came to me why.  I find most all news by the regular media to be anti Christian in general. Below is the review and then we will go on from there.

Here is a review taken directly from the Ann Rice website:  

A riveting, reverent imagining of the hidden years of the child Jesus.

Attacked by a vicious bully, seven-year-old Yeshua employs uncanny powers to drop his assailant onto the sand and then to bring him back to life. It's the remarkable beginning of the 26th novel by an author whose pulpy vampire chronicles hardly prepare us for a book so spiritually potent as this. Following Jesus and his family's journey from Egyptian exile to their ancestral home, it recasts Bible stories (the Magi's visit, the presentation at the temple) in the detailed context of Jewish rebellion against Herod Archelaus, the impious ruler of Israel. A cross between a historical novel and an update of Tolstoy's The Gospel in Brief, it presents Jesus as nature mystic, healer, prophet and very much a real young boy. Essentially, it's a mystery story, of the child grappling to understand his miraculous gifts and numinous birth. He animates clay pigeons, causes snowfall and dazzles his elders with unheard-of knowledge. Rice's book is a triumph of tone -- her prose lean, lyrical, vivid -- and character. As he ponders his staggering responsibility, the boy is fully believable -- and yet there's something in his supernatural empathy and blazing intelligence that conveys the wondrousness of a boy like no other. Rice's concluding Author's Note traces the book's genesis to her return to Catholicism in 1993, her voracious reading -- a mountain of New Testament scholarship, the Apochrya, the ancient texts of Philo and Jospephus -- and her passionate search for Jesus of the Gospels. With this novel, she has indeed found a convincing version of him; this is fiction that transcends story and instead qualifies as an act of faith.

Joins Nikos Kazantzakis's The Last Temptation of Christ and Endo's A Life of Jesus as one of the bolder re-tellings.

(Kirkus Reviews, October 1, 2005)


I have not had a chance to read the book yet but once I do, I will be updating this article.  My goal here was to bring it to your attention so you can be aware of the falsehood coming from this writer.  Even though the book is fiction, it still can influence many lives and souls therefore making it a serious matter indeed.

Bob Wise