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The Last Christian: A Novel [Paperback]

David Gregory
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Book Description

May 4, 2010
In the future, it’s possible to live forever—but at what cost?
A.D. 2088.
Missionary daughter Abigail Caldwell emerges from the jungle for the first time in her thirty-four years, the sole survivor of a mysterious disease that killed her village. Abby goes to America, only to discover a nation where Christianity has completely died out. A curious message from her grandfather assigns her a surprising mission: re-introduce the Christian faith in America, no matter how insurmountable the odds.
But a larger threat looms. The world's leading artificial intelligence industrialist has perfected a technique for downloading the human brain into a silicon form. Brain transplants have begun, and with them comes the potential of eliminating physical death altogether—but at what expense? 
As Abby navigates a society grown more addicted to stimulating the body than nurturing the soul, she and Creighton Daniels, a historian troubled by his father's unexpected death, become unwitting targets of powerful men who will stop at nothing to further their nefarious goals. Hanging in the balance—the spiritual future of all humanity.
In this fast-paced thriller, startling near-future science collides with thought-provoking religious themes to create a spell-binding "what-if?" novel.

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The hit sci-fi show Battlestar Galactica meets the New Testament in the new novel by Gregory (Dinner with a Perfect Stranger). In the year 2088, Christian missionary Abigail Caldwell leaves her New Guinea village to seek help for fellow villagers, who have all been stricken by a mysterious disease. A message from her grandfather, an American neuroscientist who is the co-inventor of a silicon brain replacement, draws her to America, where religion has died out. Abby joins forces with a historian who has a connection to Abby's family as they investigate the death of her grandfather and face the spiritual implications of transhumanity—humans with replacement silicon brains that promise eternal life but make impossible personal connection with God. The plotting is intricate and imaginative, and the religious elements go beyond formula, though the political intrigue plot thread is less convincing. Gregory's approach is fresh, and he's produced a page-turner. (May)
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About the Author

DAVID GREGORY is the best-selling author of Dinner with a Perfect Stranger, A Day with a Perfect Stranger, The Next Level, and the co author of the nonfiction book, The Rest of the Gospel. After a ten-year business career, he returned to school to study religion, sociology and communications. He holds master's degrees from Dallas Theological Seminary and the University of North Texas. A native of Texas, he now lives in the Pacific Northwest.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 407 pages
  • Publisher: WaterBrook Press; 1 edition (May 4, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1400074975
  • ISBN-13: 978-1400074976
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.9 x 8.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (133 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #819,015 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This Is A Deep One May 7, 2010
By 2088, America was a very different country. With rapid technological advances and remarkable scientific discoveries, people had slowly begun to forget their roots and the once Christian America ceased to exists. While most countries progressed similarly, there were some which had isolated areas and were `undeveloped'. American Abigail Caldwell grew up in one of these protected environments--the jungles of Papua New Guinea. For thirty-four years she had never left the jungle until a mysterious disease swept through her village. In an attempt to help them, she left her people and soon found herself in a modern world that she didn't understand.

The fatal new illness was only the first of many mysteries for Abby. A sixteen year old message from her grandparents spoke of her being called by God to reintroduce America to the Christian faith. Feeling this was her calling she returned to America to discover a country where God was a myth. Furthermore, the latest medical advancements promised eternal life but at a steep spiritual cost. In a futurist setting, The Last Christian explores some difficult issues while gently reminding the reader, that our most precious relationship is the one we are privileged to share with God.

I read the prologue of this book, set it down and walked away for awhile. It wasn't bad. I just realized I was diving into a pretty deep book. From the beginning I could tell this story was designed to immerse the reader into a future we might not like rather than awe them with imagination. So after taking a break and adjusting my expectations, I forged ahead and was rewarded with a well researched, though quite heavy, entertaining story.

This book is heavy. It's not for those looking for a light, happy story.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Fast Paced Thriller May 5, 2010
The Last Christian by author David Gregory is a book that you need to reserve time for. Why? Because you won't want to put it down! The opening chapter had me hooked and it just kept getting better.

The year is 2088 and missionary daughter Abigail Caldwell has emerged from the jungles of Papua New Guinea for the first time in 34 years. Her entire village has died of a mysterious disease and she is the only survivor. Circumstances lead her to America where Christianity has completely died out. After receiving a 16 year old message from her grandfather she realizes that it is up to her to re-introduce Christianity to a country that was founded on it.

An interesting premise isn't it? It gets better. The advances in technology in this future America allows everyone to access The Grid (a more sophisticated version of the Internet), through neural implants. The implants also allow them to spend almost their entire lives in VR (virtual reality). No one nurtures the Spirit anymore, they are more intent on entertaining themselves. On top of that, a man named Bryson Nichols has created a synthetic brain. Perfect for those with brain disease or damage. They simply pop out your old brain and pop in a new one that is as powerful as a computer could be in 2088. Problem is, something happens to those who get the brain and Abby Caldwell and her friend Creighton Daniels, have discovered what it is and throughout the book they are running from a killer.

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Kind of mixed bag September 26, 2010
I don't read very many contemporary Christian novels, but I decided to give The Last Christian a try because the premise sounded more interesting and original than much of the religious fiction that's hitting the shelves today. Reading this book turned out to be an experience with some real highs, but just as many low points. Other reviewers have adequately summarized the novel - here is my list of what I found appealing and disagreeable:

* A highly original story idea, and mostly well-written. The futuristic technology is believable, and the author manages to explain how things work, without either trying to impress the reader by getting too technical, or making every machine a "black box" that just works.
* Some great impromptu discussions of apologetics and spirituality. The book would have benefited from more of these.
* A compelling contrast of eternal values vs. a culture addicted to personal pleasure. Doesn't fall into the trap that a lot of religious novels do, where God or angels intervene directly all too often.

* The book is about 20% longer than it should have been. There are too many predictable plot points which you see coming a mile away, and dragging out their discovery doesn't build suspense, it just makes the story wordy.
* The world of the future isn't advanced enough. I could accept this as a picture of 25-30 years from now, but not 70. Also, no matter how interested we are in finding out about the changes in society, technology, government, the environment, the geopolitical situation, we're just never given enough information to create this world in our minds.
* The one big risk taken in Christian science fiction is dealing with the return of Christ.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Didn't choose this book
I'm part of a reading club and I just could get into the story. I found it the plot to fantastic.
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David Gregory is the author of Dinner with a Perfect Stranger and The Last Christian, among other fiction books. He has masters degress from Dallas Theological Seminary and the University of North Texas. He served as a writer and editor for Insight for Living and Exchanged Life Ministries Texas before writing on his own full-time. David lives in the Pacific Northwest.

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