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The Christ Commission

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In front of eight million TV viewers, "The Greatest Mystery Writer in the World" bragged he could prove Christ was actually stolen from the tomb and never really rose from the dead . . . if he were given just one week back in ancient Jerusalem. That night author Matt Lawrence got his wish. A knock-out punch took him right out of this world and landed him in Biblical Judea...more
Paperback, 260 pages
Published April 26th 1980 by Bantam Books (first published 1980)
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Read this one, particularly if you need a faith-booster or if you have doubts or questions about the resurrection of Jesus! Og Mandino writes as a time traveler to Jerusalem six years following Jesus' crucifixion. He is able to search into the death and resurrection of Jesus by interviewing the apostles, Pilate, Caiphas, Nicodemus, Joseph, Mary Magdalene, etc. He also weaves in the Gospel accounts. Totally strengthened my faith, and I have read it voraciously through twice this time around!
From the opening quote by Francis Bacon – “If a man will begin with certainties, he shall end in doubts; but if he will be content to begin with doubts, he shall end in certainties,” – to the dramatic conclusion, Og Mandino’s The Christ Commission is a powerful speculative examination of the events leading up to Jesus of Nazareth’s crucifixion, death and resurrection. While most historians are willing to concede the identity of the so-called ‘historic Jesus’ and even accept some version of his f...more
If this weren't a book club selection, I probably would never have thought to read this book. I think it's a real gem from the author of The Greatest Salesman in the World. The premise of the book is that a famous suspense author has been working on a book that would prove that Christ actually was resurrected, but he hasn't been able to finish it because he becomes convinced that he actually wasn't. Until he gets the chance to go back in time and interview Christ's disciples and other eyewitness...more
Joseph Cervasio
Jan 29, 2010 Joseph Cervasio rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone who loves a good tale and is intrigued by Jesus and the many characters around him.
Og Mandino courageously raised the question of all questions, then took you back to Jerusalem at the time of Christ and had you solve the mystery with the likes of Joseph of Arimathea, Peter, Mary Magdalene, and others. While I am sure not all solutions were the same, The Greatest Story Ever Told was not compromised, but rather enhanced by the wonderful Og Mandino. I am sure this late, great self-help story-teller is resting in peace.
Love Og Mandino, but not this book. I thought this might be a good lead-up to Easter read, but not so much. The structure of the book is hackneyed (Man takes blow to head, travels back in time, has adventures, then wakes up to discovery IT WAS ALL TRUE. At least the Wizard of Oz had music). Mandino essentially retells the last week of Jesus's life through a series of interrogations of the witnesses to the events. He alternates between a word-for-word rehash of the Bible and rank speculation to f...more
This was one of the most unique approaches to Biblical Fiction I've ever seen. Here is the story from the back of the book. . .

In front of eight million TV viewers, "The Greatest Mystery Writer in the World" bragged he could prove Christ was actually stolen from the tomb and never really rose from the dead . . . if he were given just one week back in ancient Jerusalem. That night author Matt Lawrence got his wish. A knock-out punch took him right out of this world and landed him in Biblical Jude...more
Raymond Lorenzo Racela
There's a reason why I don't like fiction books based on the bible. Once you get the author's interpretation of a history that's holy to a lot of people, there's a tendency to actually believe what the author is writing. Want me to prove my point?

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It was the premise of the novel that got me hooked: modern-day successful writer boasts that if given one week back in the years following Christ's crucifixion, he could prove that Christ's body was stolen from the tomb instead of being resurrected.

Well, there's a reason people say to be careful what you wish for...the writer wakes up in Jerusalem, six years after Jesus' death, with Joseph of Arimathea as his guide. Joseph disguised him as a Roman historian and gets him personal interviews with...more
Sep 30, 2008 Suzanna rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Suzanna by: My Husband
This book was addicting... Og Mandino did his research and it really came across in the book. This is a fictional story about a man that goes on an ancient quest to discover if Jesus Christ actually rose from the dead on the third day following the crucifiction. His quest takes him to Jerusalem six years following the crucifiction and he interviews many of those involved in the life of Jesus, including many of the twelve apostles. Obviously this is a fictional story but most of the story came st...more
Aslaug Gørbitz
Ok, I know there are a lot of people who will tell you that Og Mandino is a heretic and you should never read any of his books. To tell you the truth this is the only book of his that I have ever read, but I read it when I was about 11 years old. Instead of harming my faith by reading this book, it actually helped it. I can't remember what his doctrine is that is so harmful, but it is not included in this book. I can guarantee that reading this particular book is simply entertainment and no wors...more
Barbara Boyer
Renown mystery writer, Matt Lawrence, begins his journey on the Carson show revealing an unfinished manuscript denying the rise of Christ in the tomb, which leads to his inevitable journey back in time to 36 AD in search of the truth.
There are few things in life I like less than a story that is full of the journalistic approach to shoving information down my throat because they lack the creativity to share it any other way, which is what this book does. If one can pass beyond the narcissistic pr...more
A fictional tale, but enjoyable and thought provoking. Matt Lawrence, "The Greatest Mystery Writer in the World," claims that he can prove that Christ's resurrection never happened. After an altercation in which he is knocked out by an assailant, he finds himself in the Judea of 26 AD.

Through the rest of the book, he investigates and explores the conditions and experiences of those who knew Christ, and collects eyewitness reports to the resurrection. Facing danger to his own life, there is a bi...more
I take exception to much of this book. The idea that a group of Christians would become violent just because someone said that he did not believe Christ was resurrected is strange to me. And while I understand that Mandino did not wish to fictionalize too much of the Savior's life, his commitment to the Gospels made for a very flat and uninteresting read. Many times I thought, "This story has been told, and told much better---in the Bible." This is my 2nd attempt into the writings of Mandino and...more
This was a fascinating fictional story of what it was like during the time of christ. You can't read this thinking you'll learn something about christ, it's not about that. It's about imagining how everyday life was affected by christ. What were the people doing while he was raising people from the dead? What would christ eat and do when he wasn't performing miracles? It brings the time period to life and makes you imagine yourself right there with Him. It's creative and has characters and plot....more
I read this novel several years ago. I thought the idea of conducting an investigation on Jesus' resurrection was very interesting. I thought the author was also able to present the key characters found within the gospels creatively through the protagonists "interviews".

Unfortunately, the skepticism of the protagonist was not believable. His line of questioning didn't focus on the discrepancies he found in the gospels. Instead, he kept asking shallow and leading questions which seemed more inte...more
Carolyn  C.
In front of eight million TV viewers, "The Greatest Mystery Writer in the World" bragged he could prove Christ was actually stolen from the tomb and never really rose from the dead . . . if he were given just one week back in ancient Jerusalem. Because of a knock-out this man was transported back to the final days of Christ's life and left to come to his own conclusions. Great book!!
Ria Bianca
Og Mandino was able to narrate vividly the details of the scenes and encounters of Matthias with the influential and significant persons in Jesus' life.

For me, Matthias' doubt about the resurrection of Jesus is about Jesus' sincere and intimate seeking and longing for him which drew him to the realization of the One-Man-Team "Christ Commission"!

Indeed, God finds us.
PJ Beck
What a wonderful way to go back to biblical times and walk with Mathias as he interviews the important people in Christ's life. Read the last few chapters on a plane and embarrased myself with my tears. One does not have to be Christian to read this book. This is a novel with laced factual research and obvious learnedness on the part of the dear Og Mandino.
May 18, 2009 Connie is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
This is really cool. A man who doesn't believe that Christ really was resurrected gets to go back and interview all of the key players of the death of Christ and find out what happened to his body....I'm learning amazingly cool details of what happened and picturing people like I've never pictured them before. So far, I'm loving this....
Wow, I didn't really expect to enjoy this book as much as I did. While most of it contained stories I already knew from the bible, some of the stories I had never picked up on, and it gave me a better appreciation for the timeline etc. Additionally it made me pick up the bible to see "did that really happen" I would highly reccomend this book.
This is a very touching self-help guide book of Mr. OG Mandino.

I do hope that movie producers and or directors will do a movie/film of The Christ Commission...

I have read and re-read this book in fact it is where I got a name for my 5th child.. JEMAHLIE MIZPAH.

KUDOS to this book. KUDOS Mr. OG Mandino for his masterpiece..
Just not a fan of this one. The descriptions and the narrative were all long, drawn out, and boring. And the main character was kind of an egotistical jerk till the last few pages. I just couldn't cheer for him in any way. And some of the speculations and assumptions Mr. Mandino made were a little too much for me. JMO
Aug 27, 2009 Jeri rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
I love this book! An author brags that he could prove Christ was actually stolen from the tomb and never really rose from the dead, if he were given just one week back in ancient Jerusalem. He gets his wish and ends up in Judea in 26 A.D. In pursuit of his investigation, Lawrence walks the same streets Jesus walked.
Nov 16, 2008 Tenille rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Christians and Historical Fiction Lovers
Recommended to Tenille by: My Mother
One of my favorite books! I loved this book because it made Christ and his disciples more real for me at a time that I was struggling in my religion. Even though this book is a fiction it is written about some true things. It helped me to walk the streets and see Jerusalem in a way that I had never seen before.
I learned things about the Savior I never thought of before. This book caused me to reflect about what he truly went through on that last 2 days of his life and I understood that some things can never be proven and faith is all we have to rely on, and that's the way it should be to truly exercise our free agency
I questioned at first if I liked the idea of our Savior's resurrection being questioned. As I read on and on I began to love Og Mandino's writing style and my testimony of the events that took place during our Savior's life grew and grew. The ending made me love the book all the more! So great!
I really liked this book. It took me a while to read it accepting it as a fictional story only. Once I did that I enjoyed it much more. It made me realize just a bit more that the people around Christ's time on earth were real people and that I want to study the scriptures much more deeply.
This guy did his research. Loved how detailed and historically accurate this book was, but didn't get too caught up in how he perceived the emotions and reasonings behind the apostles' actions. It kept a good pace, was easy to follow, and made me ponder the life and death of our Savior.
Historically speaking, this book was very interesting and informative, and the writing was good. However, the actual Christian message - John 3:16 - was stressed little, if at all. For that, I was disappointed, and unfortunately, I cannot recommend this book as a witnessing tool.
Og Mandino is an interesting author. This is just one of his books I've read, but is representative in that he uses a real story of someone trying to disprove the existance of Christ, thrown into circumstances that do just the opposite. Satisfying.
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Augustine "Og" Mandino II (December 12, 1923 – September 3, 1996) was an American author. He wrote the bestselling book The Greatest Salesman in the World. His books have sold over 50 million copies and have been translated into over twenty-five different languages. He was the president of Success Unlimited magazine until 1976 and is an inductee of the National Speakers Association's Hall Of Fame....more
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