Monday, January 09, 2006

Christ the Lord

I finished Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt by Anne Rice on Saturday. Anne Rice is the author who brought us Interview with a Vampire and a myriad of other books that do not often find their way into Christian libraries (though some of them made their way into mine). However, she has returned to her Catholic faith and her newness is beautiful. She remains a talented and poetic writer who has, through this project, garnered even greater respect from me for her and for her obvious talents.

In Out of Egypt, Rice explores the childhood of Jesus. The books opens in Egypt with a seven-year-old Jesus narrating to us the story of himself.

I was moved by Rice's portrayal of Yeshua's humanity. I have grown up viewing Jesus as God. Certainly I knew he was also fully man, but just as certainly I rarely imagined him as such. I have heard Tom Wright discuss Jesus' self-awareness and humanity. Rice, a great fan of Wright's, is accomplishing this re-humanization of Jesus for us through art.

I found Out of Egypt to be an excellent book that was deeply moving.

(For a more in-depth review of this book, see Jamie Arpin-Ricci's review at Emergent Voyageurs.)


Anna said...

I'm so glad you posted about this! I've been wondering how it is. I'm on the wait list for it at my library.
I love thinking about Jesus's life, God's experience as a human.
Have I recommended "Lamb" to you? It's rather irreverent at times but so fun! Also "Three from Galilee" & "Eli" were interesting on the same topic.

Jamie Arpin-Ricci said...

Thanks for the link. Glad you liked my review.

If you are interested, I have also reviewed the second book in the series at my new blog:

I will also be doing an interview with Anne on my site in the coming weeks.

Jamie Arpin-Ricci