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The Christ Commission Hardcover – March, 1980

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In front of eight million TV viewers, "The Greatest Mystery Writer in the World" bragged he could prove Christ was actually stolen from the tomb and never really rose from the dead . . . if he were given just one week back in ancient Jerusalem. That night author Matt Lawrence got his wish. A knock-out punch took him right out of this world and landed him in Biblical Judea in 26 A.D., just six years after the execution of Jesus at Golgotha. In relentless pursuit of his investigation, Lawrence walked the same streets Jesus walked, visited the same places . . . and found himself facing the same dangers. Eyewitness reports might lead him to a discovery that would shake the world--but will he live long enough to tell the 30th century that he just solved the greatest mystery of all time? --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

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In front of eight million TV viewers, "The Greatest Mystery Writer in the World" bragged he could prove Christ was actually stolen from the tomb and never really rose from the dead . . . if he were given just one week back in ancient Jerusalem. That night author Matt Lawrence got his wish. A knock-out punch took him right out of this world and landed him in Biblical Judea in 26 A.D., just six years after the execution of Jesus at Golgotha. In relentless pursuit of his investigation, Lawrence walked the same streets Jesus walked, visited the same places . . . and found himself facing the same dangers. Eyewitness reports might lead him to a discovery that would shake the world--but will he live long enough to tell the 30th century that he just solved the greatest mystery of all time? --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 258 pages
  • Publisher: Ty Crowell Co; 1st edition (March 1980)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0690019149
  • ISBN-13: 978-0690019148
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.4 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (92 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #927,958 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Og Mandino is the most widely read inspirational and self help author in the world. Former president of Success Unlimited magazine, Mandino was the first recipient of the Napoleon Hill Gold Medal for literary achievement. Og Mandino was a member of the International Speakers Hall of Fame and honored with the Masters of Influence by the National Speakers Association. Og Mandino died in 1996 but his books continue to inspire countless thousands all over the world.

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Even though this is a work of fiction, Og Mandino has done a wonderful job assembling a cohesive story around the six years following Jesus' death and resurrection.

While appearing on the Tonight Show to discuss his recent book, Mystery writer Matt Lawrence is asked by Johnny Carson if there is a mystery out there Lawrence would like to explore further. Lawrence states he's always been intrigued with the death of Jesus and would like to put the resurrection to the test. This would be done by forming a commission to explore the event and interview the key characters. By insinuating that the resurrection was possibly a hoax, Lawrence angers the crowd and, while at a bar after the show, is knocked unconscious after a fight.

Lawrence wakes up in first century Jerusalem, in the home of Joseph of Aramathia, six years after the death of Jesus. With Joseph as his guide, Lawrence has been given the opportunity to take on the role of his fictional Christ commission and interview Ciaphas, Matthew, Mark, John, Peter, Pilate, Mary Magdelane, and Nicodemus among others who had been involved with Jesus. Mandino takes creative liberties with the interviews, but does an excellent job of tying everything together for a satisfactory ending.

I'm now reading this for the second time and have enjoyed this book almost as much as the first time I read it. After being bombarded with negative news from the papers, television, and radio, reading something inspirational like this was just the ticket. And Mandino does a great job of providing this inspirational message without being overbearing, and that adds to the beauty of this book.
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I read this novel several years ago. Even with all the hype of The LaHaye-Jenkins series (which is worthy), this single novel stands out as a lighthouse in Christian Fiction. In fact, CF writers today would do good to read this and learn something.
The novel begins with the protagonist appearing on the Johnny Carson show. When asked if there was ever a mystery novel he never finished, he replies that he once began writing a novel about a commission of investigators who proved that Christ rose from the dead, just as the Scriptures say. However, while doing his research, he came to the conclusion that Christ's body was only stolen from the tomb and, if he could go back and interview eyewitnesses, he could prove it!
Later that night, he is in a pub watching his Johnny Carson appearance. The remarks offend people there, and one of them gives him a punch which sends him 2000 years back in time.
What follows is a riveting character study with some good action, and the most interesting ending of a novel this reviewer has ever read.
My advice again is read this novel and see how well a Christian novel can avoid the pifalls of blatant didactycism.
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This story weaves an excellent, informative telling of the evidence of Christ's Resurrection. It's told from a skeptic's point-of-view and draws you in with its narrative style. For such an informative book, it truly is a page-turner! I recommend it to believers and seekers alike.
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By A Customer on June 14, 1996
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Although this book is fiction it is written with a great deal
of Bible history and facts with new insights of what's
not recorded in Bible.
The book has a moving story line about a man's journey from non-belief
to finding out the truth about the Man Jesus Christ and
what happened to him, and/so finding God.
The author gives a remarkable look at early Jerusalem and a
personal look at the disciples of Jesus as the the character wakes
up mysteriuosly from a fight to the time just after the resurrection
of Jesus; with the intent to try and prove what happened to the body
of Jesus after his burial.
The Book is Very entertaining and uplifting.
A Keeper! :-)
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An incredible journey, back to the time when Christ was crucified, and the events surrounding his death and ressurection. All the questions you ask yourself after reading the account in the Bible are answered here in story form, and actual "interviews" are placed with the disciples of old. The book puts you right there, and lets you feel the fear and anxiety of being one of the chosen, and how your faith can be put to the test.
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This book changed my life! It made me look more deeply at the story of Christ's death and the events occuring around it. It tied together all of the information of the gospels to make it seem much more real to me than it had ever been before.
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Rarely has a story stayed so fresh in my mind. My second reading of this book was as enjoyable as the first. The tale is woven around the Gospels and doubts about the resurrection of Christ. Mandino's main character, true to his atheistic nature, sets out to prove that there was a well planned and executed conspiracy to make the Nazarene a martyr. The twists and turns in the plot kept me reading and wondering, "What will the result of this inquiry be?" Turning events from the bible into a "mystery" story produces a book worth reading.
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By A Customer on April 14, 1998
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This is a great book that sets the scene of what the lives of Jesus' followers were like the days and years after Jesus' life here on earth. Og Mandino brought to life the characters and even the countryside. This is a must read for anyone who serves Jesus Christ and enjoys a good work of fiction.
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