BECOMING THE SON: the most courageous book ever written by a Christian.

Posted: September 24, 2012 in Uncategorized

Jesus Christ is without the shadow of a doubt fascinating. His ministry, founded amongst the simple folk of ancient Israel, has now touched billions of people, who now revere him as the Son of God.

But, without accepting the humanity of Jesus, I believe, and I’m sure that others share my belief, that one cannot truly be Christian, for it is through His utterly human sacrifice that His divine nature shines through. So, what was he like as a human being? The Bible isn’t very explicit when it comes to that. Luckily, there’s a marvelous thing called “fiction”.

Through a wonderfully daring, yet respectful work of fiction, C.D. Baker offers a unique exploration of a story we all know. His latest novel, BECOMING THE SON, has the subtitle “An autobiography of Jesus”.

Which is partly why some Christian publishers have deemed it too controversial for the mainstream Christian publishing market. I find it mystifying how human nature works: we look at all sorts of “celebrities” and find consolation in their errors, yet when a book exploring the humanity of Jesus comes out, we deem it too controversial.

Make no mistake about it, this is not a “lost gospel of…” kind of book. It doesn’t contain the story of a secret lineage started by Jesus and Mary Magdalene, it doesn’t make Judas Iscariot look like some kind of hero. Instead, it offers the story of Jesus in the four Gospels, yet in ways one might not expect. The first-person narration flows evenly, revealing a sweeping panorama of ancient Israel through the eyes of a Jesus who laughs, cries, tells jokes, comes to grips with who He is and what He stands for, and ultimately suffers unbearable pain for the sins of mankind to be forgiven. I find it awesome how utterly human Jesus is in this novel, without any disrespect to His divine nature. This is not the brooding Jesus of Kazantzakis, nor the apparently frustrated Jesus of Mailer. This is C.D. Baker’s interpretation of who Jesus could have been, backed up by research which really shows in the book, which, in my view is the most courageous novel ever written by a Christian. 10 stars of 5!

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