Friday, May 28, 2010

Book Review and Giveaway: The Last Christian by David Gregory

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The Last Christian: A NovelIn David Gregory's The Last Christian, Abigail Caldwell is the daughter of Christian American missionaries in Papua, New Guinea.  After spending all of her 34 years in the jungle, she travels to America and modern civilization for the first time.  She discovers a world that is not only in huge contrast to her life in New Guinea, but also to life in our present-day America.  The year is 2088 and technology has exploded, inundating every aspect of culture.  Virtual Reality (VR) has become a prime residence for many American minds.  Post modernism has run roughshod over religion, making it “hate speech” to share the Christian Gospel to others.  However, this is not a problem in general, as the country has become predominantly atheist.

Within this culture are those who desire to take VR to the next level: transplanting human brains in order to give people silicon ones that would enable their consciousnesses to live seemingly  forever.  As physical bodies wear out, minds are incredibly “uploaded” into VR to then be downloaded into new bodies.  Abby comes to this transhuman reality with a special mission that will not only affect the lives of those around her, but also the lives of the entire culture.

I was attracted to The Last Christian not only for its science fiction theme, but also because of the technological and worldview issues surrounding the story.  David Gregory’s America seems so far removed from our current way of life, but it's easy to see how we could easily venture down the same road.  The Christian worldview is becoming an object of disdain for many, and technology is advancing at an incredible rate. 

The Last Christian was a fun and entertaining read.  It’s a science fiction thriller with Christian apologetics mixed in.  Although it was certainly a page-turner, it also caused me to really think about some serious issues in our culture today.  This novel would be great for those studying apologetics or for those simply considering the Christian faith.  Parents should also know that while no explicit details are given, there are occasional mentions of Virtual Reality sexual issues.

As a blogger, DVD reviewer and iPod user, I’m not one to overly malign technology.  But as with most things in life, it’s very easy for good things to be warped and used in detrimental ways.  The Last Christian illustrates how things could go horribly wrong if we aren’t careful with the choices we’re making in technological advances.  David Gregory also shares the real (and not Virtual) life we can have with Christ living within us.  Through Him will we find not only eternal life, but a fulfilling reality as well.

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Sound interesting?  If you'd like to read Chapter 1 of The Last Christian, click here.

View the book trailer:










**GIVEAWAY CONTEST**

If you'd like to win my copy of The Last Christian, here are the contest rules:

  • Leave a comment below; this counts as your entry.
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  • Should you win, I will contact you on Sunday the 13th for your mailing information.  Please take measures to ensure that my email will make it past your spam filters, lest you miss my message! (CalicoCritic@gmail.com) You'll have 72 hours to respond before I pick another winner.
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This title was provided to me by Random House/WaterBrook Multnomah.  No obligation other than an honest review was required.








CymLowell

12 comments:

  1. I would really love to win this book. I love the cover art.

    Smiles,
    Cindy W.

    countrybear52[at]yahoo[dot]com

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  2. I'm a GFC follower of your blog.

    Smiles,
    Cindy W.

    countrybear52[at]yahoo[dot]com

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  3. please count me in...thanks :)

    karenk
    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

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  4. This book sounds very interesting. I love the sci-fi mixed with Christian references as well. As a technology hound myself, it think it would be interesting to see how one author envisions it's misuse

    jewell330 at aim dot com

    I came over from book blogs!

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  5. I would love to win The Last Christian. Can you imagine?? Silicon brains? It's really frightening especially with the loss of Christian thinking people. Thanks for entering me.

    teakettle58(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  6. I'd love to win - thanks!

    thelastchristian at hershbad dot com

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  7. This looks like an interesting book, would love to win it! The trailer was great, makes me want to hear the audio too.

    vhosmar@comcast.net

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  8. Would like to read this!

    bmcbroom AT gmail DOT com

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  9. I follow through google.

    bmcbroom @ gmail dot com

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  10. I follow on GFC!

    NOTE: new email address - knittingandsundries at gmail dot com

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  11. Thanks for such a great review! please enter me into your giveaway. I am a follower of your blog, follower on twitter and tweeted.
    Thanks! Jenna

    jenreadbook at yahoo dot com

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  12. sorry my twitter is @jenreadbook and the link is http://twitter.com/JenReadBook

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