cover image The Great Good Thing: A Secular Jew Comes to Faith in Christ

The Great Good Thing: A Secular Jew Comes to Faith in Christ

Andrew Klavan. Thomas Nelson, $24.99 (304p) ISBN 978-0-7180-1734-7

In this compelling account of religious conversion, Klavan tells his story of growing up Jewish in New York’s affluent Great Neck village, ongoing conflicts with his strong-minded parents, and his eventual transition to Christianity. This embrace of a faith foreign to his family came at the end of a long search, one that had Klavan seeking his life’s meaning in various places, including an encounter with Zen Buddhism. Early educational endeavors at the University of California, Berkeley, informed his passage. Marriage added to the complex picture, filling the author with a despair that would lead him to seek professional help. It took a transcendent encounter with the living Christ to bring Klavan to a sense of fulfilment and satisfaction and a sure knowledge of his place in the cosmos. God’s answer to his prayer was “wildly generous, an act of extravagant grace.” His personal quest for salvation finally found its culmination in a relationship with the Jewish messiah. This is a fascinating story of a life journey. (Sept.)