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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Pomegranate Free Press (October 19, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1938341015
  • ISBN-13: 978-1938341014
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 5.9 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,944,988 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Controversial, challenging, and meticulously researched...equal parts thriller and cautionary tale of religious extremism and home-grown terrorism...a novel that will leave you questioning where we are going as a nation and as a planet. --James Rollins, New York Times bestselling author of Bloodline

Crisis of Faith is an intelligent, thought provoking, and engrossing novel. An accomplishment! --Christopher Reich, New York Times bestselling author of Rules of Betrayal.

Timely, well researched and thought provoking, Crisis of Faith is one of those novels that stays with you long after you've raced to the finish. --James Grippando, New York Times bestselling author of Afraid of the Dark and Need You Know

Crisis of Faith is an intelligent, thought provoking, and engrossing novel. An accomplishment! --Christopher Reich, New York Times bestselling author of Rules of Betrayal.

Timely, well researched and thought provoking, Crisis of Faith is one of those novels that stays with you long after you've raced to the finish. --James Grippando, New York Times bestselling author of Afraid of the Dark and Need You Know

About the Author

Eliza Wood is an American author best known for suspense fiction that weaves history, contemporary terrorism, espionage and adventure into complex social problems and poses progressive solutions that aim to change lives for the better. Elizas books, blogs, articles and tweets often reveal little known insights that transform what we believe and how we live. Elizas first work was the suspense fiction novel, Crisis of Faith. She is currently writing a second suspense fiction novel expected to be released in early 2013. Eliza is the author of numerous topical articles as well as the author of a childrens book, The Tale of Queen Jehan and The Three Kingdoms. Eliza resides in California and has lived and traveled extensively throughout the world including stints living and working in Europe, Latin America, the Caribbean, Asia, and most recently was a resident of Bahrain, in the Gulf Region of the Middle East. Eliza is a graduate of Harvard University, where she studied social sciences. She is considered a social thought instigator on important topics requiring peaceful social progress.

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Eliza Wood is an American author best known for suspense fiction that weaves history, contemporary terrorism, espionage and adventure into complex social problems and poses progressive solutions that aim to change lives for the better. Eliza's books, blogs, articles and tweets often reveal little known insights that transform what we believe and how we live.

Eliza's first work was the suspense fiction novel, Crisis of Faith. She is currently writing a second suspense fiction novel expected to be released in early 2013. Eliza is the author of numerous topical articles as well as the author of a children's book, The Tale of Queen Jehan and The Three Kingdoms.

Residing in California, Eliza has lived and traveled extensively throughout the world including stints living and working in Europe, Latin America, the Caribbean, Asia, and most recently was a resident of Bahrain, in the Gulf Region of the Middle East. Eliza is a graduate of Harvard University, where she studied social sciences. She is considered a social thought instigator on important topics requiring peaceful social progress.

Customer Reviews

The characters lack depth and development.
C. Stephans
Or maybe even some kind of "alternative history" book that could show that all the changes to the Bible that the author wants makes the world a better place.
Kelly Sottelbaum
And as Wood points out, the Bible has been revised many times over the centuries, so why not revise it again to reflect modern times?
kacunnin

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By 35-year Technology Consumer TOP 500 REVIEWER on December 14, 2012
Format: Hardcover
In "Crisis of Faith", Eliza Wood presents complex discussions about some of the most worrisome elements of scripture (think of all the scariest parts of the Old Testament!) within the actions of the actors in her novel. Unfortunately, this detailed exposition (which the author clearly feels is necessary background) -- is the dominant feature in the book, and prevents it from ever gaining its sea legs as a compelling novel.

In exposing the scholarly basis of the story, the the novel's characters emit unnatural dialog: entire pages are devoted to multi-paragraph long discussions of biblical and world history. EVERYBODY in the book talks this way, from the President to the kitten-killing bad guy (well, except when the bad guy is peppering his henchman with one word interrogatives...). This approach is far more suited to explaining the book's backstory in a C-SPAN Booknotes setting than as content in the narrative of a novel, and the end result is soporific.

Big things and small diminished this book. The characters lack depth. To a person they don't act in ways contrary to what we might expect when they are introduced. The blocky dialog and central-casting characters are further marred by improbable plot devices. The bad guy's henchman comes in to trust fund resources, solving all of all their funding problems. A Harvard scientist touts her physical fitness and ability to look less attractive during a job interview. A group of presidential advisors (are they his cabinet? some other advisory board? we never really get this explained) stand in unison and say "Yes, Mr. President" at the end of a meeting. If you're going to include real world technology in a story, you have to get it right.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By kacunnin TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 14, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Eliza Wood's CRISIS OF FAITH is less a novel than it is a 250-page lecture on the evils that have been done in the name of religion. Wood's thesis is that sections of the Bible (both the Old and the New Testaments) have been used by radical religious groups to justify genocide, slavery, abuse against women, torture, and overall inhumanity. What would happen if we changed the Bible so that those sections no longer existed?

The story - which is difficult to find amid the dense paragraphs of information - begins with an attack by a radical Christian group on the proposed site of a mosque in lower Manhattan, killing a group of women and children. This terrorist act has already happened when the novel opens. The prologue is the President's speech to the nation condemning the attack. The first chapter is the President's speech to his advisers asking them to find a way to end the violence. The President is probably meant to be Obama - he is described as of "mixed-race" - but there's nothing about him that seems like a real person. There's nothing about any of the characters in this book that seem like real people. A task force is organized, calling itself The Sanctuary for Grace and Hope, which begins looking at ways to revise the Bible, removing passages that seem to glorify or promote violence and bigotry. These guys make a lot of speeches, too. Everyone in this book makes speeches, long speeches meant to explain all the stuff Wood wants us to know.

There are a bunch of white supremacist Christian fringe bad guys (one of whom kills kittens for a living - no clue why) who are trying to incite some sort of racial war, so I can see where this book could be called a "thriller." But nothing that happens plot-wise matters all that much.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Darcia Helle TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 13, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
This is a difficult book for me to review. I wanted to love it. I have great respect for the in-depth research Eliza Wood put into the facts. But, for me, it just didn't work as fiction.

The characters lacked development. They were very one-dimensional, used more as pawns to convey facts than to lead us on an adventure. The fictional story was buried beneath endless pages of the type of text you'd expect in nonfiction. For me, the fictional aspect felt like an afterthought, something contrived as a way to convey the author's intended argument.

I do think, if the attempt at fiction was eliminated, this would work beautifully as nonfiction. I was far more captivated by the facts and the author's spotlight on problematic religious text than I was by the attempt to create a fiction thriller.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Grady Harp HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 27, 2012
Format: Hardcover
One cannot disparage author Eilza Wood's intention of entering the arena of books and films about terrorism - the topic remains front and center whether the source is in the Middle East or in the various slaughters in the schools and theaters and shopping malls of the USA. Woods knows here topic, which is basically religious philosophy based on the Bible and she has the tales that justify most any action evil or requiring justification form a higher source down pat.

The problem with this book is not so much in the topic - terrorism and counterterrorism back by radical religious groups, a topic much discussed and reported - but in the creation of characters in a novel format that make us become involved in the story AS a story. Woods is obviously an intelligent and credentialed spokeswoman, but perhaps if the biblical scholarship served only as a matrix for an engrossing story rather than a sermon as this book comes across her first novel would have been more successful. There are passages that demonstrate the fact that she can enter the realm of novel writing making us believe that once away form the lectern we might just have a solid writer in our midst. Grady Harp, December 12
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