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The bestselling author of The Vampire Chronicles is taking a leap of faith. She has put the stake down and has picked up the cross. Her new book, Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt is about a 7 year old Jesus. (Click here for an excerpt.)
Let me say right off the bat, I admire her 100%. It shouldn’t be, but standing up for your beliefs takes courage and grit. I fully believe that if she’d said she would now be writing about witches because she had become one, she’d be facing less controversy. Today alone I’ve read columnists who are saying that she’s abandoning her readers, that the story lacks sensuality of her previous works (I don’t know which seems more out of place, sensuality suggested amongst 7 year old Jesus or amongst vampires.), and, get this, one even criticized her for the amount of respect she treated her subject. Too much respect for God’s Son? I nearly forgot to breathe when I read that one.
The author has said that her goal is “..to make Jesus real for people who have stopped seeing him as anything other than an icon, and, for non-believers, to bring to life the times that would later spawn a religious revolution.”
What a beautifully ambitious thought. My list of people who I admire and respect just gained a member.
The world is full of people who just can’t grasp what they just can’t grasp, so Ms. Rice will have her critics and naysayers. She’ll probably lose a few fans and may even feel it in her pocketbook. But you can practically hear the Heavenly chior singing.
Given the choice, I’ll fly with the angels everytime.
Make each moment count double,