The Great Good Thing

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Andrew Klavan is a writer of mystery novels and psychological thrillers, many of which have also appeared on the silver screen. But Klavan’s memoir The Great Good Thing: A Secular Jew Comes to Faith in Christ is no work of fiction. And in this book, the 62-year-old chronicles his story, showing how his spiritual identity drastically changed over time.

The seasoned writer pens his book in an engrossing manner, turning true accounts into well-rounded stories. “I woke up the next morning and everything had changed,” he writes on page 235. “I had changed – the tenor of my imagination had shifted – and that had changed everything. I somehow knew right away it was the prayer that had done it and I soon saw what it was that the prayer had done.”

There is no unnatural gloss added to the story; Klavan reveals both the joy and the pain on his life journey thus far. When he writes about his father, he shows his depth of love for them, but examines him critically. The book certainly contains an interesting array of stories – from his childhood in Great Neck, New York, to marrying his wife Ellen, to coming to the conclusion that Christ’s life, death, and resurrection finally made the world make sense.

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