Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt Hardcover – Nov 1 2005
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From Publishers Weekly
Believer and nonbeliever alike are familiar with the story of Jesus Christ. But most tales tend to focus on his last days and eventual crucifixion. Rice explores Jesus' youth, and tells of his family's journey from Egypt to Judea and of the requisite strife they encounter along the way. The novel follows the young Jesus as he starts to learn about his divine heritage and experiments with his mysterious healing powers. Heine narrates in an earnest, youthful alto, and one might think this suitable considering that the story is a first-person account of the life of a seven-year-old Jesus; however, the story is actually told by an older Jesus, looking back on the events of his youth, so Heine's innocent and childlike performance is somewhat out of place. Though competent, Heine's reading lacks any spark or fire to it, making the overall result rather bland. Heine is also bound by the source material, which, while an honest and heartfelt attempt to explore the all-but-unknown youth of Jesus, fails to live up to its lofty ambitions.
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From School Library Journal
Adult/High School–In crisp, straightforward prose, Rice leaves the gothic behind and explores the mysteries beneath the childhood of Jesus. At age seven, the boy and his family leave Egypt to return to their home. They find themselves caught in a revolution after the death of the first King Herod, ruler of the portion of the Roman Empire that includes Israel. Although the historical and cultural details are authentic and well done, it is the character of Jesus that drives this novel. He feels like a typical seven-year-old, but he's also suddenly discovering abilities that no one else possesses. He brings clay birds to life, makes snow fall, and even resurrects a dead playmate. Stunned by these odd happenings, he turns to Joseph and Mary for answers. When they are not forthcoming, he's forced to hunt out clues through local legends, rumors, and a strange spirit that taunts him in his dreams. The story is told from Jesus's point of view, and the strength of the book weighs heavily on Rice's ability to make him believable both as a child and as the son of God; she does a winning job. The wisdom of all things religious fills Jesus completely, but he's naive about day-to-day events: he can't understand why a young girl he used to play with prefers at age 12 to learn about weaving and rearing children. This new direction for Rice is both bold and reverent, and is bound to please fans and newcomers alike.–Matthew L. Moffett, Northern Virginia Community College, Annandale
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Top Customer Reviews
I sense the difficulty the author had when trying to speak in the voice of a seven year old boy after spending many years speaking as an ancient and immortal being. The book became easier to read as it went on, as if she were finding her feet in the character. Once that started to happen, the flow evened out and I'm sure the following books will just get better.
I see this as a new road on Anne Rice's spiritual journey that began with Interview With the Vampire. To me it seems a natural progression to search into the light after searching through the darkness for so long. Give the book a chance. It may surprise you.
When I did read this, I was surprised at how Rice portrayed Christ as a child. His innocence and curiosity, even his Glory. I think this was a tactfully written book with a lot of research into Jewish traditions and history.
I am not catholic, so I don't agree completely with every detail, but it was put together nicely, and I enjoyed the end-notes as well, with it's list of recommended books and authors.
I didn't regret my decision in fact I was greatly surprised by how much I enjoyed it. The way that Ms. Rice looks through the eyes of a seven year old Jesus is unique. I feel that it was well worth my time to read it. I learned some things that are in the Bible that I realized I didn't know. I actually went to the old Bible I was given to check what was in there that was in this book. There are some things that are described that aren't in the Bible but that some people believe to be true. Gospels that didn't make it to being in the Bible.
If you're looking for something that explains what it might have been like to be the Son of God living among humans - this is a read for you. If you're not spiritual or Christian but like a good book you can still enjoy this as long as you're viewing it as fiction. That's how I looked at it - just something purely fictional and I enjoyed it. If you're at all familiar with the Bible the basic back story will be no surprise but the interactions of the characters is what makes it interesting.
Most recent customer reviews
Loved this book and thought that it likely told Christ's story on Earth better than ever! Pray A. Rice will write the 3rd. book to compliment these other great books!Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
If there is one thing about the writing of Anne Rice, she does her homework. All of her works are exceptionally well research, from her vampire novels to this one - CHRIST THE LORD... Read morePublished on June 7 2013 by Achowalogen Tullier
I heard an interview on Focus on the Family and was lead to believe that although this novel was fiction it was completely Biblical. Read morePublished on Feb. 7 2010 by Barbara Purdy
Boring sums this book up. It plods along, slowly, until it blessedly ends. There is no plot, dialogue is stiff and unnatural. Read morePublished on Jan. 6 2006