"Out of the Dark, Into the Light"
THE GREAT GOOD THING by writer and novelist Andrew Klavan is a powerful, mind-bending, revealing autobiography of a secular Jew coming to faith in Jesus Christ. Subtitled “A Secular Jew Comes to Faith in Christ,” the book is a 50-year biography with a purpose that is almost impossible to put down once you start reading it.
Andrew or Drew Klavan is a renowned novelist whose bestselling books TRUE CRIME and DON’T SAY A WORD have been turned into significant movies helmed by such notable filmmakers as Clint Eastwood and featuring renowned actors such as Michael Douglas. Andrew grew up in a famous, upper middle class Jewish neighborhood called Great Neck in Long Island, New York, where, as he noted, most of the families tried to obtain the American Dream. His father was a famous New York radio celebrity whose show was Number One for many years. Both parents were secular Jews, but his father always felt the Nazis were coming after the Jews and his mother usually ignored her Judaism.
Andrew found himself thinking he was just an All-American boy with a great deal of patriotism, and he wanted to distance himself from what he felt were the archaic elements of the Jewish religion. He was too smart for his own good and spent too many years searching for meaning and love in all the wrong places. Part of his search was a reaction against the violence and animosity of his father. The book does a fascinating job showing his obsession with writing, his descent into despair, and his long road to spiritual health, culminating in a brilliant understanding that the Bible and Jesus Christ is the Way, the Truth, and the Life.
THE GREAT GOOD THING is a must-read book for anyone struggling with who they are or struggling with the meaning of life, anyone born into a non-Christian family, or anyone who has come out of the dark and into the light. Andrew discusses some boyhood fights with other boys and discusses how he wandered around America in his later youth looking for love in all the wrong places. Andrew also explores atheism, agnosticism, Zen Buddhism, and Freudianism, and other false ideologies in such a way that he reveals their flaws as well as the need for Jesus Christ.
AUTHOR: Andrew Klavan
PUBLISHER: Nelson Books/HarperCollins Christian Publishing
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Very strong Christian, pro-Bible worldview refuting atheism, agnosticism, Zen Buddhism, and many other aberrant religions, with a great story of author’s journey from secular Judaism to faith in Jesus Christ; minor obscenities; descriptions of youthful violence; very light descriptions of sexual encounters; and, nothing else objectionable.
THE GREAT GOOD THING is a powerful, revealing autobiography. Author Andrew Klavan is a renowned novelist. Several of his novels have been turned into major movies helmed by such notable filmmakers as Clint Eastwood. Andrew grew up in an upper middle class Jewish neighborhood on Long Island, New York. Both his parents were secular Jews. Andrew thought he was just a patriotic, All-American boy. He wanted to distance himself from the archaic elements of the Jewish religion. The book does a fascinating job showing Andrew’s obsession with writing, descent into despair, and journey to spiritual health, culminating with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Subtitled “A Secular Jew Comes to Faith in Christ,” THE GREAT GOOD THING is a must read for anyone struggling with their identity or with the meaning of life, or any Christian. Andrew discusses how he wandered around America in his later youth looking for love and meaning in all the wrong places. He explores atheism, Zen Buddhism, Freudianism, and other false ideologies in a manner that reveals their flaws as well as people’s need for Jesus Christ.