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The Christ Commission

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 9, 2006

    A clear and present agenda

    It is unfortunate that publishers put pressure on their authors to come up with 'something' they can get on the shelves to fill space and keep that author's name out there. Having never read any or Mr. Mandino's works prior to this one, I must say that I would not be likely to want to read others. Firstly, this strikes my editing senses as a first draft slightly warmed over, and not very well proofread. There are four typos in the text, which is three too many. There are also some factual errors. The Coliseum, mentioned twice, will not be started for another thirty years under Nero's reign. The basic premise of the protagonist, as the skeptic, is not at all convincing, since he continues to recite King James bible verse by rote during the entire dream. Where he should be making the other characters convince him, he seems to be convincing himself in spite of them. This jumping between KJV English and contemporary American is disconcerting, even more so since the King Jimmy is still sixteen centuries away. It broke the flow and seems like he just pasted in the phrases. He also tries to shoehorn a modern-day evangelical POV by inventing a third James as the brother of Jesus when all the Orthodox, Catholic and most mainstream Protestant sects agree that James the 'Brother of Jesus' was a relative, but not a sibling, and was the Apostle, James the Less. He also inserts the 'fish' as a means where Christians identified one another in the first century. Studying early Christian iconography shows that while the fish was present on sarcophaguses in the catacombs, none were the stylized version he put forth. This myth began in the 19th century novel Quo Vadis, by Polish writer Henryk Sienkiewicz. Mr. Mandino should have taken at least as much time in his historical research as he did in his reading the bible. John Newman was right when he said, 'To be deep into history is to cease to be a Protestant.' Granted this is fiction so we should take these literary diversions with a grain of salt. This being said, if this is a 'mystery' it is a poor one since we can guess the outcome by the end of the second chapter. Those whose preexisting beliefs are validated by it laud it, but for the rest of us it's just an example of bad writing and peachiness.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 13, 2006


    I have had this book for many years and finally read it. I was captivated by it and am getting copies to share with all my grown sons. I loved the historic detail and accuracy to the Bible.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 20, 2005


    I read this book more then 17 years ago and I still recommend it to my friends and family. The author's idea and conclusions are still with me today.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 22, 2003


    I really enjoyed reading the book. Although the premise is dated (Johnny Carson on the Tonight Show), the bulk of the book centered 6 years after Christ died on the cross and rose again is very well done. I felt like I could see/hear/touch/smell the sounds and sights of Biblical times. Fascinating!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 23, 2000


    No movie, not even the Bible itself, brought me the sights, smells, and emotions that 'Christ Commission' has. Extremely creative look at history.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 27, 2000


    The Christ Commission taught me about things in Religion i wouldn't be able to find anywhere else. I am very happy with the resolt of the book. I would recommend it to everyone.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2000

    It Changed my Picture of Jesus Christ

    While I agree that the book may or may not be entirely accuate biblically, it did a fine job of painting a truer picture of who Jesus Christ was when he walked on earth. Jesus was not the meek, timid, pushover type I had always envisioned, but rather a strong, masculine, and solid model of a man in a humanly sense to want to be more like. This book actually paved the way for my decision to follow Christ in my life. Thank you Og!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 1, 2000

    Good fiction but be careful

    The story was fast paced and had good Biblical research but as with all fiction it is sometimes hard to determine where Bible reference ends and conjucture begins. With so many groups misinterpreting the Bible it should be read just as a good Christ story, which it is. I recommend it with caution.

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