5 stars Anne Rice has written a bold and ambitious book. She writes the novel with Jesus speaking in the first person. I must say she did is beautifully. I ended the book with a sense of how appealing Jesus really is. She brings to the surface the humanity of Christ while not neglecting his divinity. I think this would be a great book for anyone who has heard the stories of the Gospel and has come to find them dull and dry. Rice's portrayal of Jesus in the flesh caused me to look back at the sacred text with new eyes and with a deeper appreciation of the larger story of Jesus' life and ministry. I loved the way she created a back story for the Gospel story—even if it didn’t happen the way she envisioned it, it was still a powerful reminder that something must have taken up many of Jesus’ hours that are lost to history.
This book is a sequel to Christ the Lord: Out Of Egypt but can be read alone.