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4.3 of 5 stars 4.30  ·  rating details  ·  23 ratings  ·  7 reviews
Young Christopher Lagorio sees the grandeur of God in the vast Minnesota sky, and in its cold lakes and dark forests. When a Catholic girl introduces him to the Eucharist, Christopher falls in love with her and with the mystery of the Church, but lacks sufficient faith to convert.
Haunted by the heavenly, yet born of this earth, Chris grows toward manhood seeking to discove
Paperback, 384 pages
Published December 20th 2011 by Sophia Institute Press
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Jeff Miller
Closer to five stars.

Three years ago I received the first novel by David Athey, Danny Gospel a novel I thoroughly enjoyed. His new novel Christopher
explores some similar themes, but not a repeat in any way.

The story follows Christopher starting at the age of eleven. Christopher is a lover of nature and does more than to stop to smell the roses, but to really look at a rose. His parents are a sort of hold out from the sixties with his mother being into alternative therapies and vegetarianism. Chr
Regina Doman
Disclaimer: I edited this book for Sophia Institute Press so of course I think it's great. A beautiful poetic novel about a young knight in search of the truth -- and the three girls he falls in love with along the way to seeking the Greatest Love.
Christopher is an engaging story which follows a boy in search of truth. Even at a young age, Christopher has the ability to see the presence of the holy in the natural world, yet he does not know God fully. Still, his mystical heart continues to search for true love which he must give himself to unconditionally.

Beautifully written. I found myself gasping at times, it was so beautiful. It is a growing up story, a boy into a man in the gorgeous city of Duluth, MN. It's also a story of his search for Truth, which he finds in the Catholic church. I enjoyed reading this book, it is lovely and compelling.
What a refreshing book! Would recommend it to older teens and up :-) Lots of short chapters that make you want to stay up way too late to see what happens next! I am looking forward to reading more by this author!
I thoroughly enjoyed reading Christopher, and would recommend it to anyone who likes to be moved and grown by a story. It's full of incredible pockets of imagery and epiphany that grip you, and cause you to pause and give space to them within yourself.

The author is no doubt a poet; this shows through in Athey's perception of the natural world and the inner life of a young man as he comes of age. However, this is not simply a coming-of-age story; it is also a dance of pursuit and retreat between
Sep 05, 2013 Gilbert rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Spiritual but not Religious, Religious but not Spiritual; College students
Recommended to Gilbert by: Phil Vasquez
Shelves: for-fun
I hardly ever read "light" material. It's not so much that I'm not interested but whether I would have time to read up on heavier topics and themes. So when my friend Phil gave me this book, I was unsure if I would actually read it.

I ended up LOVING THE BOOK! I related to the main character in unfathomable ways! It was like watching some of my own love stories unfold, and so many of the events Christopher went through were realistic but intriguing.

The author used the short chapter method. I was
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