- File Size: 682 KB
- Print Length: 492 pages
- Publisher: Lamat Press; 1 edition (April 19, 2011)
- Publication Date: April 19, 2011
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B004XD5RIK
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,704,637 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This book will get you moving and is a fun read. There is a character, story, and scenario to relate to everyone in this book and it presses the envelop of mystery, suspense, tragedy, and fulfillment... Definitely a great read! Highly recommended!
"In the Mission" is a good read. You sense that the author passionately cares about his characters and their story.
Christopher, a priest whose parish is in the mission, and fate has taken him on a mission to find an abducted child. During the journey of the mission he questions his own beliefs, thoughts, and fleshly desires. Some may consider his actions debatable. Christopher's observation of the community in the Mission and Castro neighborhoods in San Francisco open his eyes to the hardship of many at that time.
A homeless man, Jesse who heals people, questions many Catholic beliefs, is Christopher's sidekick. Jesse assists Christopher in deciphering the clues and searching for the missing boy. The experiences and marvels that Christopher witnesses transform his confidence in his religion. Jesse, questions what is a matter of personal choice and what should be legislated? Christopher develops a different view of the world and a new perspective, which transcends his life.
Some may consider many assertions in the book of the interpretations of the gospels and how they relate to Christians and Catholic beliefs controversial. A bleak picture is painted of the interpretations with a new profound meaning. For example, who are the sinners that Jesus Christ died for that are referenced in the Gospels. Is the disease Aids a disease or punishment? The disease affects all walks of life, and "many innocent people die from the disease." The assertions that answer these questions are definitely thought provoking.
I am a brother of the author's and reading the novel I found many themes that have moved Marco's life and work since his childhood. Thus I can affirm that this book is deeply felt by the author and the depth of the feelings expressed in the novel hits the reader with all its might.
In my opinion, the religious argumentations are the most precious bits of the novel. Given in small portions, the citations and explanations of stories of the Bible generate curiosity on the Holy Book. The mix of very well known and far less known stories is very stimulating, giving the reader the opportunity to compare his own opinions on some stories and to learn new parts. The interpretations are very interesting and never offending for Christians.
The love theme permeates the book in several layers. There is the theme of a mother's infinite love for her kids. But various forms of love of the adult age are melted together in the book. The novel describes the love between friends and their capability to sacrifice for each other. It describes the importance of the love of couples as the foundation for the stability of society and of the lives of individuals. It describes the importance of the love for God for the survival of hope in the world.
The theme of diversity is elegantly intervowen into the novel's plot in several dimension. There is the diversity of Latinos in a dominantly Anglo-Saxon society. The diversity of gay people in a dominantly heterosexual society. The diversity of homeless in a society that celebrates the winners and forgets about the others. For each minority the author indicates the value the group brings into society and shows examples of fruitful collaboration between minorities and the majority.
'In the Mission' is fun to read and this makes it easier to learn and critically elaborate on the complex themes contained in the book. The author shows maturity and a great teaching talent. A great novel for people that are interested in religion and its social implications and appreciate learning new ideas while having fun.