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The Ambition: A Novel Hardcover – May 14, 2011
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About the Author
Lee Strobel was the award-winning legal editor of The Chicago Tribune and is the best-selling author of The Case for Christ, The Case for Faith, The Case for a Creator, and The Case for Grace. With a journalism degree from the University of Missouri and a Master of Studies in Law degree from Yale, Lee has won four Gold Medallions for publishing excellence and coauthored the Christian Book of the Year. He serves as Professor of Christian Thought at Houston Baptist University. Visit Lee's website at: leestrobel.com
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Top Customer Reviews
The evangelical Christian publishing industry in the U.S. is mired within the miasma of telling their story in new and refreshing ways. Clearly, Strobel has leveraged his remarkable literary talent to produce an honest-to-God "page turner." His character development, dialog, story-line and the richness of the context he creates for The Ambition are well, spellbinding. It's also easy to read. Frankly, the way the book ends CLEARLY positions The Ambition as the first in a series of novels from Strobel. I honestly hope so. Strobel is a talented story-teller who deserves the opportunity to provide readers with a sequel/series...leveraging the same context and characters for future literary enjoyment.
Strobel goes to great lengths at the end of the book to reaffirm that this is a work of fiction, and has absolutely nothing to do with his term as a pastor (and former atheist) at two of the largest mega-churches in the U.S. (Rick Warren's Saddleback Church in So. Cal. and Bill Hybel's Willow Creek Community Church outside Chicago --- I believe - forgive me if I've made a mistake).
Of course, the book includes fundamental evangelical issues of prayer, miracles, healing, relationships, formal membership at a church etc. Yet, don't misinterpret what I'm saying here. This is a superb novel. It is distinctly NOT proselytizing submerged within evasive evangelical rhetoric.
It's about life, lives, intrigue, living, learning, power, authority, deception, wounds, mystery, faith, mistakes, power, authority, control, shame, miscalculation, living with tension, relationships - it is a great story told by a wonderfully gifted storyteller - with a few murders thrown in to boot.
I really enjoyed it and look forward to Lee Strobel's sequel. You will too!
The story that unfolds in The Ambition is relevant in today's world of political ambition and megachurches. You'll quickly be caught up in the action, but you'll also be inspired and entertained along the way. I hope that Lee Strobel will soon follow up with another novel - I loved this one and can't wait to share it with friends.
However, the message of the book was very good. A strong Biblical worldview was given without white-washing the church to make it look perfect. Strobel represented Christians as humans with faults but also showed them overcoming their sin and running to God for help. It's obvious Strobel has been inside the church and has a good grasp on the things that go on behind the scene. I've read true stories of churches that had bonafied miracles occur even though they did not believe miracles still happen today and seeing this in a novel was very interesting. The debate on whether Christian's should be involved in politics was tackled from a Pastor's perspective but not from a non-minister one. Still well-done and interesting.
If you are the type of reader that likes books that have a casual pace then this may be right up your alley.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Book was very easy to read. Characters were well developed and exciting. it is so important for us to do God's will and not our own. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Cylysce Vogelsang-Watson
It was very well written. A book you wanted to keep reading.Published 3 months ago by Janice M. Whitney
This book by Lee Strobel was a nice surprise. It involves the staff of a mega- church, a gritty newspaper reporter, a judge who is mixed up with organized crime and a pastor who... Read morePublished 10 months ago by texasleigh
Good plot and theme. Kept my interest all the way through. Not preachy even though ethical issues are explored.Published 11 months ago by Connie Merican