The Last Christian by David Gregory
(For review from Waterbrook Multnomah)
Abigail Caldwell has lived all of her life in a remote jungle area of Papua, New Guinea. Her parents were missionaries to the Inisi tribe, when the government decided that the Inisi would be cut off from the outside world in order to preserve their way of life. For 34 years, Abigail has had no contact with her other family in the United States. Due, to a freak disease, Abigail is forced to leave the jungle in search of help for her dying village, but what she finds when she emerges from the jungle will shock and amaze her.
During her absence from civilization, the United States has completely turned away from God and is no longer a Christian nation. After hearing a message from her grandfather, one of the top neuroscientists in the country, urging Abigail that she may be the last hope for reintroducing Christianity to the U.S., Abigail embarks on a quest to re-establish Christianity. When she meets a young professor, Creighten Daniels who is searching for answers about his fathers suicide, they realize that new artificial brains being developed has something to do with the mystery of Creighten's father as well as the demise of Christianity. Will Abigail be able to find the secret of her grandfather's cryptic message? Will she and Creighten find love despite their differing views? Will Abby be able to re-introduce Christianity or will she be, The Last Christian?
The Last Christian was a very interesting book. It's kind of Christian Fiction meets Science Fiction. Not only did you have issues of faith and carrying out the great commission as a theme for this book, but there was artificial intelligence and political intrigue mixed in. It was a very interesting premise and one that makes a lot of sense. With some many advancements in technology the idea of an "artificial brain" is not that far off base. It has always been a goal of the human mind to find the "fountain of youth" or ways to prolong life, this book takes it one step further to being able to sustain life indefinitely.
One of the things that I found really interesting was the lecture that Creighten gave his students about the reasons for the fall of Christianity. I think David Gregory really hit in on the head with these ideas. It was like looking into the future and seeing the direction that our country is going in, eerie and scary kind of stuff. It was a great book and I recommend it to readers of Christian Fiction as well as Science Fiction. I liked it a lot.
I will be posting a giveaway for one copy of The Last Christian later this evening!
If you'd like to try out, The Last Christian here is an excerpt from Chapter One.
The Last Christian is available now from Random House.
Here is a copy of the book trailer for, The Last Christian.
I'm giving this one 4 out of 4 apples from my book bag!