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The Christ Commission

4.21  ·  Rating Details ·  1,203 Ratings  ·  112 Reviews
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 in ...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published October 1st 1983 by Bantam (first published 1980)
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Aug 03, 2010 Doris rated it it was amazing
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!
Jan 01, 2016 Abbie rated it liked it
First book for the year! Woooooh!
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
Apr 28, 2009 Sara rated it really liked it
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 it was amazing
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.
De todos los libros que leí de Og Mandino, este fue el único que me gustó de verdad. Me dio tanta curiosidad el tema, que entonces me leí los 4 Caballos de Trolla que eran nuevos en aquella época.
Eran los ochenta y yo tendría 12, estaba formando mi criterio... Ups :-)
Lourdes Ayala
May 07, 2012 Lourdes Ayala rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Intensa y sorprendente.
May 04, 2013 Daniel rated it liked it
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
Jun 11, 2013 Monica rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
El principio del libro es muy bueno, empieza con
una historia interesante y directo al punto,
más pasando la primera parte o lo que sería la
introducción, y adentrarse a lo que el autor
realmente quiere transmitir en el libro, me
aburrió, lo dejé por un largo rato y le di una
segunda oportunidad.

El autor es muy explicativo en cuanto al
entorno de los personajes y de los personajes,
y cuenta cada detalle, tal vez porque el
personaje principal es un escritor de libros y si
combinas al escritor de este libro
Amon Sonyu
Apr 29, 2016 Amon Sonyu rated it it was amazing
For those whose faith are dwindling down the cliff of Mt. Sirac. This book is bound to restore your faith.

The story goes: While in a talk show, a best selling author said that a book he's working on for 20 years is about Christ's crucifixion, death, and resurrection. Except all his research seems to come to the conclusion that Christ never rose back from the dead, and that what Christians celebrate over 2000 years is a lie. Now, this outraged the audience, even the famed talk show host couldn't
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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Apr 19, 2011 Monk rated it did not like it
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
May 11, 2009 Jessica rated it it was ok
Shelves: bookgroup
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
Sep 30, 2008 Suzanna rated it really liked it
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
Barbara Boyer
May 28, 2011 Barbara Boyer rated it it was ok
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
Aslaug Gørbitz
Feb 02, 2013 Aslaug Gørbitz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: i-might-read-it
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
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
Dec 19, 2008 Rachael rated it did not like it
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
Apr 07, 2009 Rayna rated it liked it
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
Jun 21, 2010 Rowena rated it liked it
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
Oct 19, 2008 Krystle rated it it was amazing
Such an intersting book from the perspective of someone out to prove that Jesus never rose from the dead. Going back to 36AD - 6 years after the resurection and interviewing each individual involved in the time leading up to and the actual crusifiction and resurection a conclusion is made. The best part of this book is the process of interviewing each individual and getting the different perspectives of what really occured. - Great Read!
Gabi Salgado
Oct 19, 2013 Gabi Salgado rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Og Mandino hace una revisión interesante sobre qué pasó con Jesucristo al tercer día, en donde se hace toda una investigación y se entrevistan a todos lo personajes que estuvieron presente o tuvieron relación con Jesús antes de ser crucificado. Lo que se descubre al final es muy interesante, uno simplemente no puede dejar de leer hasta saber que es lo que pasa. Intrigante y perturbador para aquellos que son sensibles en cuanto a religión, un libro diferente y entretenido, lo recomiendo 100%
May 29, 2015 Jamie rated it it was ok
Shelves: book-club
Honestly, the idea for the book was interesting, but I thought it was poorly done. The main character "interrogates" witness after witness every chapter! It was so boring. That and throughout the story there is danger hinted at but it's poorly built and felt so separated from the story. Mandino definitely had some interesting views on the different characters found in the Gospels, but I'd much rather just read the New Testament.
PJ Beck
Aug 23, 2011 PJ Beck rated it it was amazing
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.
Susan Lundstrum
Aug 29, 2014 Susan Lundstrum rated it liked it
Plot, a mystery writer dream is to write a book that will solve once and for all the greatest mystery ever 'Did Christ rise from the dead or did someone remove his body?' He wants his fictional investigator to interview everyone in Jesus's life 6 years after his death .Next thing that happens ..... time travel!
Aug 25, 2011 Jekobi added it
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..
Mar 20, 2009 Kimster rated it it was amazing
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
Emmanuel López
Apr 18, 2014 Emmanuel López rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excelente libro. Primer libro que me atrapa, que permite estar en el momento, sentí que estaba en aquellos tiempos de Jesucristo y para los que son católicos, y todos los domingos escuchan o viven la eucaristía, este libro te permite realmente estar en ese momento y comprenderlo, además de todo este tipo de investigación o tipo detective que lleva toda la obra.
Aug 12, 2009 Jill rated it really liked it
Shelves: book-club
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.
May 18, 2009 Connie is currently reading it
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....
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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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