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The Second Virgin Birth
 
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Do we have the technology enabling Christ to be born again of a second virgin mother? A six year old little girl in Alabama knows we do. The Pope is afraid we do. The world asks 'should we if we can?' The book follows the life of a little girl in Alabama who goes completely insane at the age of six and is confined to a state mental hospital. In a strange twist of fate, she...more
Hardcover, 292 pages
Published November 1st 2007 by BookSurge, LLC
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Tommy
Aug 08, 2008 Tommy rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
This is the greatest piece of American literature of this century. Or at the very least it’s worth reading. I should know. I wrote it.
Robert Conley
I was told to read The Second Virgin Birth to read by a friend who said it was good. Before reading it I thought that it was most likely another Da Vinci Code. Boy was I wrong, it is so much better. The characters and events are so believable that one wonders when this is actually going to take place. The chapters are short and that was a problem for me. I wanted to stop reading the book and begin it again tomorrow, but as I would finish a chapter, I would look ahead and think, well it's only 7...more
Jim Cherry
Ideas are the foundation for any writer. An average idea executed well can get national attention and make the author a critical and commercial success, such as Dan Brown‘s The DaVinci Code. Conversely, a great idea that is poorly executed may lay unread. Unfortunately, I have to put The Second Virgin by Tommy Taylor in the latter group.

When people talk about cloning they usually discuss it in the context of bringing back some historical personage, Elvis, Caesar, Hitler (for some strange reason)...more
Jeffrey Allen
Jeffrey B. Allen:
My Review of: The Second Virgin Birth
By: Tommy Taylor

Having just finished writing and published my own book, GoneAway Into the Land, a spiritual coming of age story that examines life's journey and its trials and tribulations, I met Tommy Taylor on Goodreads. He was kind enough to back my book and to offer to buy it for his library when his budget allows.

In return, I agreed to purchase his book, The Second Virgin Birth. Well, I just finished it and I am wondering how to review...more
Rai
The Second Virgin Birth is a unique and compelling read that takes on one of the most fascinating concepts I have come across in my reads - the cloning of Jesus Christ. It's an incredible premise, and the story is very engaging as a result. This book is a well-conceived exploration of faith, power, corruption, and how one decision can lead us down paths we cannot always predict let alone control. The book shows how some people can demonstrate steadfastness in the face of danger and incredible te...more
Barbara Watkins
Aug 05, 2009 Barbara Watkins rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Intriguing...Mind provoking...Genuinely Breathtaking...

In my opinion 'The Second Virgin Birth' is a literary piece of genius! Never have I read a piece of literature that touched down so deep into my soul. In many ways, today religion has been manipulated by man to fit his own purpose. As much as science has evolved in discovering technological breakthroughs for example 'cloning' (once thought to be as much of a reality as an episode of 'The Twilight Zone')so too has mankind taken a giant leap...more
Deborah
"The Second Virgin Birth" tells a fantastic, very fast-paced story of the "what-ifs" of the cloning of Jesus Christ. I'll say this: I simply could not put it down for the few minutes it would have taken me to go get a cup of coffee at 5AM, after having stayed up all night reading it!!

The story is compelling and so well-conveyed that it's nearly believeable. Descriptions of forensic DNA testing, cloning and the fortress-like business establishment of one of the primary characters show close rese...more
Julie Smith (Knitting and Sundries)
This review first appeared on my blog: http://jewelknits.blogspot.com/2010/1...

Warning: This is going to be a mixed review - read all the way to the end and don't let my initial comments throw you off!

As I started this book, my first thoughts were, "OK; this book could stand some creative editing." During the initial 30 pages or so, I noticed grammatical/syntax/punctuation and a few spelling errors. I ran into a few of these scattered throughout the rest of the book as well, but not as abundantl...more
Lorrie
An enjoyable piece of literature in which I felt engaged as my sense of curiosity was satisfied with the possibilities of conceivable events unfolding. The epigrammatic chapters allowed a stop and go as you please but return soon feeling which was perfect given my very busy schedule where the luxury of reading for pleasure is in short increments. This read can leave one with the question ‘what if’ such events occurred how would people react? Given mans historic ability to be power hungry, egocen...more
Joey
I loved the possibilities of this book: What if Jesus could be cloned from DNA gathered from the Shroud of Turin? The execution of the story, which focusses on the potential conception and birth of the cloned Jesus, was a bit clumsy.

The characters were overly simplistic: wholly unlikable villains - and a Mary who spent too much time in mystical trances and bouts of selective mutism, punctuated by implausible bursts into coherent social engagement. These transitions were clunky and never put int...more
Donna
Although the writing was good, the concepts are what make this book so provocative and enthralling. The author writes about scientists stealing DNA from the Vatican and cloning Jesus. Oddly enough, the chosen mother of the child is a 15 year old girl named Mary who has been in an insane asylum for years since she insists God has told her she will be the mother of his son.
The story is well thought out and draws you into a world of political intrigue and greed. The story line is quite believable....more
Marta Bishop
I enjoyed this book. It had a good story line that kept the reader interested, although it had some places where there was poor editing decisions, choppy sentences it was enthralling and moved along well.

Tommy Taylor had a very origional idea that in todays world could if the right materials be found become a reality. His characters were interesting though sometimes limited in dimension. But over all it was an enjoyable read.
Sam
We are living in a time when the imaginative thoughts of people are given full reign unlike any other time in our history. Tommy Taylor has taken his free thoughts to imaginative levels one can only say is inspired to stretch the hearts and minds of theologians everywhere.

The thought of Christ entering our world through cloning is more than a possibility. Even if science makes the slightest mistake in the remaking of the Christ story, there will be some who believe and those who do not believe....more
Rickey
The Second Virgin Birth is a unique, original story about the cloning of Jesus. The last I’ve heard at least twenty different kinds of animals have been cloned, and it is probably possible to clone a human today. It could already have been done somewhere; we just don’t know about it. Something to think about - if you wanted to clone Jesus, where would you get the DNA? Of course, the obvious answer is the Shroud of Turin, but in this novel four other relics are found as well.

As I started the book...more
Debra
The impossible has happened. The DNA of Jesus has been found and a team of scientists have been hired to create the new Savior. The mother, chosen from a lottery and perhaps divine intervention, is a fifteen-year-old girl named Mary Carter. Mary’s been talking to God since she was six years old and is living in an insane asylum. The Pope and other religious leaders are convinced the birth will result in a new religious order that will strip them of wealth and power. The Pope decides to kill Mary...more
Cathie
From the Back Cover:

Dr. James Burk, an American forensic scientist, steals from the Vatican in Rome; Dr. Clark Sullivan, an English bio-engineer, steals from his university's lab in London; and Mary Carter, a six-year old girl from Alabama talks to God. These are the individuals that the Catholic Pope understakes to have murdered. They are the most unlikely team ever conceived to bring the next Lord and Savior into this world. The story traces Mary's life from being a happy little girl to her ye...more
Linda Nelson
What a Good Ending.
I bought The Second Virgin Birth from the author back in April. I hymned and hawed about reading the book for the past few months. The title of the book put me off just a bit. I was not really sure what to expect.
Now I can tell you to expect a good story. I will not make comments about grammar or spelling. This is not my forte’.
This book is a fictional story. I am not sure which category the author put this book under. I would hope he did pick Sci-fi for one of them.
In the s...more
Eileen Granfors
Tommy Taylor is thinking out of the box in "The Second Virgin Birth." In this highly inventive and thrilling novel, he takes us with scientists, working for the Pope. Their mission: examine the Shroud of Turin, examine some fragments from an underground vault, find DNA, and. . . drum roll, clone Jesus Christ.

The scientists are in mortal danger, for the entire project must be kept secret. Between their own wish to know as scientists and the code of silence around the project, they continue to bel...more
Mary
Usually a thought reproducing story does not provide a quick read. I read it at every opportunity,sorry I chose to start it when leaving to drive for a weekend visit with a granddaughter. Otherwise I probably would have read it in one sitting -- I had trouble putting it down.

I usually don't give 5 rating to novels with violence because usually they seem overdone as if just for he shock value rather than to further the story. In this case you had the violence ommiting the gory details, just the...more
Marianne Stehr
This is an interesting book that has twists and turns that you do not expect. When I began reading this I felt that it was going to be sacreligious and truly an "unholy" book to read. However I found that it spoke to the power of believing and finding good in the world. Certainly it will not be making high marks with Christians throughout the world for being religious fiction but it has depth in its chapters. Something I found surprising and refreshing. This is not some rewritten DaVinci Code fr...more
Sheila Jackson
I was fooled my the cover. I thought that the Second Virgin Birth was another non-fiction book; boy was I wrong. The story seem so real to life. Imagine this little girl caring God's Son, only to be praised and ridicule at the same time. Many of us have experienced where God would use us for a certain task only to be rejected by friends and family. I recommend this book to all,because their are lessons to be learned from it. Bravo to Mr. Tommy Talyor, I will be telling others about your book.
Karen
This was a very interesting book. I like the characters very much, they were quite real. I found this to be a very interesting twist on "the second coming". Along the lines of Dan Brown, this book explores what's really at the heart of men and women in power, the lengths they will go to for greed or power or love. I'm hoping that this story will be further explored with a second book because I'd like to know what happens next. Well written and easy to read. Well done.
Malcolm
This is an excellent book and deserves to be better known.
When I started I was a wee bit concerned, mainly because it is a genre which I do not normally enjoy, but the quality of the writing soon eased my fears and I found myself hungering for the next page.
The concept is intriguing, the style superb and the storyline...well, read it for yourself and I would be astonished if you are not hooked!
Colleen
I was very surprised by how much I liked this book. While I was reading this book, I so wanted to talk with someone else who was reading this. I was exctied by some of the ieads and the plot twists.

If you are looking for a quick read, but discussions that go long into the night. "The Second Virgin Birth" would be a wonderful fit.
Anne
I really enjoyed this, Tommy. I always wonder what would happen when scientists go past the point of no return to try and do things which seen a bit wrong. My only complaint-it begs for a sequel. I hope you are thinking about it. Everyong wants to know what happened to Mary and the baby,
Anne
Elizabeth Blake
This book was very interesting. I really enjoyed reading it. A fresh, unusual concept. Well-written. Fast-paced. Along the lines of "Da Vinci Code."
Tommy Taylor has done an excellent job to keep the reader interested and turning the page.
Jeannie Faulkner Barber
Tommy Taylor brings mystery and curiosity to light with The Secong Virgin Birth. I was totally swept up in the plot. It reads fast and the whole time you're wondering if this could actually become non-fiction one day (?). Good job Tommy!
Traci Floyd
This book was very,very good. I couldn't put it down. I hope there is a sequel coming soon!
Debbie Casey
It is very interesting. The story grabs your interest right away and keeps it.
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As the author of the book "The Second Virgin Birth," I thought you might be interested in why I wrote the book in the first place. I truly believe that each one of us has inside our very souls, something that we need to accomplish before we pass from this world to the next. Mine was to write a book. One that was not just entertaining but inspired thought among its readers. One that...more
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