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Initial post: Sep 6, 2009 8:59:08 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 6, 2009 8:59:52 AM PDT
I'm confused...wasn't the Christ the Lord series supposed to be a trilogy? I own Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt: A Novel and Christ the Lord: The Road to Cana, and I
see a new novel is coming out in October that's not a part of that series. Has the third book in the series been shelved, or is it still in progress? Thanks.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 22, 2009 8:42:29 AM PDT
I am interested in the third book also. I have come on many times to see if it is on a preorder list of books. I hope you get a response!

Posted on Oct 4, 2009 5:10:12 AM PDT
Tyson Perna says:
I've heard she's still planning on the 3rd book, but she has taken a break to write the Angel Time trilogy. From her Facebook status updates, it looks like first two books in that series are done and she's starting on the 3rd. No mention of when she plans to write the 3rd Christ novel.

Posted on Jan 11, 2010 4:20:12 PM PST
Anne Rice says:
I appreciate your interest. The third book is a wholly different kind of enterprise from the first two books, in that it must involve the public life of Jesus, which is recounted in four gospels. As such, it involves incredible difficulties which the first two books did not involve. Granted, the whole idea of the series is very theologically involved and has demanded from me tremendous study of Scripture and related fields. And it must involve meditation and prayer. But writing about the private life of Jesus is one thing; the public life is another. I haven't found a certain way to do it yet, so I have delayed writing the third and fourth book. Thanks for your interest. I welcome you to my website, Anne

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 11, 2010 5:12:19 PM PST
Thank you so much for your response! I am such a big fan of your writing, especially the Christ series. I look forward to it with great anticipation!!

Posted on Apr 30, 2010 8:02:21 AM PDT
Has the second book of the Angel Time trigoly been published? If not, when will that be?

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 2, 2010 4:30:36 PM PST
Anne Rice says:
Of Love and Evil is out now.
Of Love and Evil: The Songs of the Seraphim, Book Two

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 24, 2011 9:23:13 PM PDT
Dear Anne,
I am so hoping you find a way to write the 3rd and 4th book of the Christ series. They are my all-time favorite books. I bought many copies of the first two as gifts for family and friends. They are just so wonderful!! I am praying for you everyday--- that you are able to write about Jesus as freely as the gospel writers did---from their own experience and sources they had access to.
I know you won't be be like Kazantzakis who played fast and easy with the scriptures. I kept saying to myself (while reading The Last Temptation), "Kazantzakis, didn't you have a copy of the New Testament when you were writing this?" Of course, he would naturally say, it's just a work of fiction. However, my heart wanted it to agree at least in the main points of Jesus' life.
May every blessing be yours, Anne, in this wonderful endeavor. Janette

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 25, 2011 10:22:21 AM PDT
Anne Rice says:
I don't think I will ever be able to write a third book.
Even in the Road to Cana, I revealed my beliefs in universalism,
to some extent, and how far away I was from conventional Atonement theory.
I cannot continue with the series.
I hope that the two books will be remembered as a meditation on the
private life of the Lord.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 9, 2011 4:07:57 PM PST
Rosemary says:
Dear Anne,
I think you must do the 3rd and 4th books about Yeshua Bar Joseph. Your books point the way to Him and make Him real to us. This is your highest calling... Please allow Him to use you as a vessel to introduce readers to Jesus Christ. Please, Anne, reconsider.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 9, 2011 4:44:44 PM PST
Anne Rice says:
I don't see it in the future, Rosemary.
But thank you for your faith.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 20, 2011 1:41:53 PM PST
Oh wow! I never expected you to respond, plus I had forgotten I'd even asked this question two years ago! Thank you so much for getting back to me. I'm one of your "People of the Page" followers on Facebook now. I understand about the sequel to the Christ The Lord. We'll get it someday!

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 20, 2011 1:48:29 PM PST
Well I understand about challenging projects, believe me. I enjoy my two hardcover copies of the Christ the Lord series and still re-read them now and then. Even though it's fiction, it made me believe that this is the way Jesus may well have grown up. I think I most enjoyed getting a glimpse of what Joseph was like, the loving relationship he had with Mary's son even though he wasn't biological, his life as a nomad carpenter. So, I thank you for writing what you did, for opening my mind and for making Jesus less of a myth and more of a man!

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 29, 2012 5:49:00 PM PST
Anne Rice says:
I so appreciate this comment. I so very much appreciate it.
I have come to realize that Jesus is close to my heart as the God Man
who gave us the Sermon on the Mount and the Lord's Prayer.
My devotion is to Jesus as He stands there on the mountain with
His arms out giving us these beautiful teachings.
I am unable to understand a lot of later Christian theology about Jesus.
I grew up CAtholic and thought I understood it. But after 12 years as a
Catholic recently, I realize that I do not.
Of course I know what the theology is saying. I am not ignorant of it.
But I am unable to embrace it.
I cannot really believe in Atonement Theory.

If I were to try to write a third book about Jesus, well, I would simply
offend those who believe very much in Atonement Theory and don't put
a lot of emphasis on the Jesus of the Sermon of the Mount.

It's a problem I cannot solve.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 30, 2012 8:57:58 AM PST
Rosemary says:
I think Jesus is both the Jesus of the Atonement and the Jesus on the Sermon on the Mount. I have read about the various atonement theorys. We can't know this side of heaven which of them is the correct one and I do not think that even matters as much as the fact that your books make Jesus Christ real to millions of people. He said believing in him would split people against people, family against family, so try not to worry about offending people and be proud that you helped to introduce Jesus Christ to the world.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 30, 2012 10:21:56 AM PST
Anne Rice says:
Rosemary, I see your point.
But I myself in my conscience and heart cannot
reconcile Atonement theory at all with the Sermon on the
Mount or the Lord's prayer.
And so I felt I would not attempt a novel about Jesus' public life
because my views would offend too many.
The purpose of the first two novels, their intent, the challenge
was to present Jesus within the framework of the canon.
In other words I wrote about the Jesus of the bible, and left out
nothing pertaining to Him (angels, shepherds, the annunciation, all is
included in the "world" of the novel).
I simply can't continue novels based on Jesus with that goal.
So I stopped.
I'm content to let the first two novels stand as my meditation on
the Incarnation.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 30, 2012 11:25:04 AM PST
Rosemary says:
I am sorry, Anne, I thought you said you believed in universalism so when looking that up, it says universalism is "Any true definition of Christian Universalism MUST INCLUDE THE BELIEF that God is all Sovereign, loving, powerful, wise, just, and ultimately rules over everything. It MUST ALSO INCLUDE the belief that salvation is only by faith in God and was finalized by Jesus Christ "who gave Himself a ransom for all" (1 Tim 2:6). The definition of Christian Universalism DOES INCLUDE THE BELIEF that God "will have all men to be saved and come to a knowledge of the truth" (1 Tim. 2:4).

I believe in universalism too because all men have choice to believe or not to believe.

I think you are saying you don't believe Jesus was our atonement. I see the quandary you must feel if that is so. I wish you Lord's blessings in the struggle to understand what the Holy Bible is trying to teach us. The disciples did not understand Jesus. How can any of us fully understand the Bible? Yet, we can understand enough to know whom we want to put our hope, faith and trust in and to live in a way to honor him.
Thank you again,

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 30, 2012 11:27:23 AM PST
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In reply to an earlier post on Jan 30, 2012 11:53:44 AM PST
Anne, while I may have different views on faith, I do appreciate and love our freedom to express those differing views! I love your writings and even enjoy reading each of your smaller posts on Facebook! They are always thought provoking and will sometimes make me look at things in a whole different way that I didn't think was possible! While I understand your thoughts about not writing more in the series, it doesn't stop me from being disappointed. I wish you peace and comfort in your decisions and more importantly, in your life. Thank you for sharing your talents in what ever venue you do!
A fan,

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 30, 2012 12:00:12 PM PST
Anne Rice says:
Rosemary, that was not what I meant by universalism.
I simply was unaware of that definition.
I have never believed ever in salvation "only by faith"
and do not believe ATonement theory at all.
By universalism, I meant only a faith in Almighty God
as all merciful --- an all perfect God who would never
send fallible human beings to Hell for all eternity for mistakes
made in a short human life.
So perhaps I shouldn't have used that word.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 30, 2012 12:44:11 PM PST
Anne Rice says:
Thank you, Pat.
This is very generous of you.
Maybe some day I will find a way to
present a third novel about Jesus without betraying my
conscience AND without making a lot of people furious.
Writing the two Christ the Lord novels has been the joy of my life.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 14, 2012 6:48:29 PM PDT
The third book of Christ is surely in God's time. The answers/ methods will be as a gift of the spirit; you know not the from, the where, the when as the spirit blows yet surely God has anointed your talent to reveal him and his glory. I and others will patiently wait.

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Posted on Apr 26, 2012 8:26:59 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 2, 2012 7:55:25 AM PDT
I'm not an adherent to any organized religion, but I find the lives of Jesus and other similar spiritual teachers (Buddha, Krishna, Mohammed, etc) to be very inspiring, and see their famous and unusual qualities as the natural result of living cleanly, truthfully and spiritually. I thoroughly enjoyed the first two books, as they helped me relate to Jesus as a brother. I could see myself in him and him in myself. I was moved to tears many times, most memorably during the final scenes of the second book when I called my wife on the phone and proceeded to blubber incoherently. I am saddened to read that there are no plans to continue the series, but I can see how this may be better for one who views Jesus as I do. Thanks for the experiences, Anne.

Posted on May 17, 2012 5:10:09 PM PDT
Writes the books, Anne, and to hell with whoever finds it offensive! (Sorry, little pun there!) I share your beliefs, and I am certain many other people do. I simply cannot believe that a loving God would create flawed sentient beings, and then torture them forever for falling victim to their own imperfections. This suggests that God is a sadist, or evil, which begs the question: should we worship a being who is less compassionate than many of his own creations? I rather believe that this life, and whatever life comes after, is merely a series of experiences designed to help us to grow into transcendent beings. Why put a time limit on our spiritual development if God, and the universe, are infinite and eternal? No... atonement theory is a creation of man, not God. Perhaps you are being convicted by the Creator to bring forth this alternate theory of Christianity, Anne. God is love. And that love is unconditional. There is no hell. There is no eternal damnation. This things were created by man to keep humanity in bondage. Not by a loving Father. Period.
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