Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt (Christ the Lord, #1)
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Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt (Christ The Lord #1)

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Having completed the two cycles of legend to which she has devoted her career so far, Anne Rice gives us now her most ambitious and courageous book, a novel about the early years of CHRIST THE LORD, based on the Gospels and on the most respected New Testament scholarship.

The book’s power derives from the passion its author brings to the writing and the way in which she sum...more
ebook, 368 pages
Published August 10th 2011 by Fawcett (first published 2005)
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Jennifer de Guzman
Why is it that the first-person books set in ancient times invariably have a hyper-simple, naive narrative style? This is supposed to be Jesus telling his own story, not as a child but as a man (there are some nods to "when I was a child, I spoke as a child" in the narrative, just in case you didn't catch on that this is JESUS THE CHRIST narrating, even though I believe it was Paul who was supposed to have written those words), and I'm just not buying that Jesus was Forrest Gump with a better co...more
K.D. Absolutely
Oct 09, 2010 K.D. Absolutely rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to K.D. by: Tina
Shelves: religion, retelling
Ten best-selling books included in her The Vampire Chronicles (1976-2003). Three erotic books about Sleeping Beauty (1983-1985). A dozen of other gothic works most of them landing in New York Times Bestsellers lists. Then her atheist husband for 41 years died from brain tumor in 2002. Before he died, he married her at a Catholic Church as she was a devout Catholic before their marriage. The death shook her up. For two years, she devoted her time reading the Holy Gospel and all its historical ref...more
Jenifer
I expected controversy from Anne Rice, but I have to say that she handled the subject of Jesus' boyhood with dignity and reverence. The idea of his learning and growing was plausibly put. I especially liked the descriptions of the lighthouse at Alexandria and the riots at the Great Temple in Jerusalem. It was a well researched account of Jewish life. I liked okay, but I liked it more after I read the author's notes at the end depicting briefly her coming back to the (Catholic) church and God and...more
Douglas
Mar 01, 2008 Douglas rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone, but particularly religious skeptics
Recommended to Douglas by: no one
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Jennifer
Oct 19, 2007 Jennifer rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Bible-Belters, Born Agains, The Pope, Fundies
I realise that authors go through many stages of their careers, exploring different facets of their personality, trying different roles.

I am a great fan of Anne's work. I have attended dozens of her events in New Orleans, and own numerous signed copies and first editions. I love (with the exception of Queen of the Damned) the Vampire Chronicles, I enjoyed The Witching Hour, I owned the Beauty Triology when you still had to ask for it quietly in kink shops on the lower East side. I had read the...more
Zweegas
This is the only Anne Rice book I've ever read. I've tried reading others but they didn't hold my interest -- so I'm open to suggestions about that. Anne Rice is definitely an interesting person with an uncommon point of view but I tried not to think about that while reading this book because the book itself is pretty amazing. I don't see this as a religious book at all just because millions of people consider the main character to be their saviour. There are a lot of other characters in a lot o...more
Amy
My reaction to this book can be summed up with the expression "meh." I picked it up for 50 cents at a garage sale; I had heard about it and was intrigued, having read some of Anne Rice's vampire books. I can tell that she did amazing in-depth research to write this, and she really brings alive the lifestyle, customs, and culture of Jews in Nazareth and Jerusalem at the time, which was interesting--so many Christians forget how devout a Jew Jesus was. But I don't know... something about the narra...more
Gen
I have been an Anne Rice fan for years, especially the Vampire Chronicles. My favorite of that series, Memnoch The Devil, completely opened my eyes to the realization of the truth in every side of the story, and every story having infinite sides. It was the story of the Beginning, good and evil, god and the devil, the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. Told from Memnoch himself to Lestat, beloved vampire.
So it was with great surprise and interest that I discovered that Anne Rice has taken the burden...more
Jon
Jan 23, 2008 Jon rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: any Bible teacher, advanced Bible students
I enjoyed this book and learned a lot from it! I've never read Anne Rice, and from the paragraph or two I've glanced at of other books, I wouldn't recommend them. But this one, while it has some serious drawbacks, also has some great strengths.

It's always risky to attempt to portray Jesus, let alone in a first-person narrative. I think Anne Rice does this surprisingly well, although I think the inner life of Jesus would actually be much richer and fairly different than she portrays. In this sens...more
Karen L.
Aug 05, 2008 Karen L. rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Christians and skeptics
Recommended to Karen L. by: My friend M.J.
This is the first of Ann Rice's books I have read. It is also the first of her books written since her return to her childhood Catholic faith following years of doubt. She has a beautiful writers voice, that makes one feel as though one is there with young Jesus and his family. She paints the biblical scenery eloquently evoking the senses. She did a great amount of research to create an accurate history and included some material from the legends about Christ's childhood. *See the following int...more
TeraD
This was a great novel for putting the daily life of Christ into perspective and creating a picture of what Christ may have been like as a young child. I questioned Rice's ability and knowledge when I first learned that she would be publishing books on the life of Christ, but was instantly drawn into the story and lives of the characters. In reading Rice's author's notes at the end, I realized just how much research and time she had invested into this endeavor. The story is believeable and bring...more
Sara
Aug 09, 2007 Sara rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Christians
Shelves: fiction
I can only remember reading one Anne Rice novel before and I know I liked it - I think it was the one about the Mayfair Witches.

This book is definitely a far cry from that. Rice is now a born-again Catholic and has written an interesting novel from the perspective of Jesus as a 7 year old boy. The language and style of prose is so spare, that sometimes I wanted more from it. Not as much as George Eliot or Tolkien would give - but not as spartan as Ernest Hemingway either! Anyway, that being said...more
Alexis Colbert
Oct 25, 2007 Alexis Colbert rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Ann Rice Fans
I was so excited to read this book because this is the one Ann Rice wrote as a Christian. I love her vampire novels, of course, and I have always been a fan. So to hear that she had some kind of dramatic conversion and had written a book about Jesus made me drool. So, I finally started to read it last night. The book jacket says that "Christ the Lord is based on the gospels and on the most repected New Testament scholarship." With heart pounding I began to read (insert sound of a defalting ballo...more
Robin Patchen
This is the first Anne Rice book I've ever read, so I can't tell you if it's better than or worse than her other bestsellers. I can tell you I couldn't put it down. As a Protestant, I had to get over the fact that Anne writers Mary as a perpetual virgin, Jesus' brother James as his half-brother (Joseph's son from a previous marriage), and the rest of the people the bible calls Jesus' brothers and sisters as his cousins. I got over it.

The way she brings to life the world in which Christ would've...more
Jonathan
Anne Rice performs here a daunting if not audacious task in narrating this account from the mind and tongue of the 7-year-old Jesus Christ. Controversial, yes, but also reverent and, well, forever relevant.

This is quite the departure for the former queen of vampire lit, and apparently she's to continue in her historical fiction works about the Christ. Know this: She's for real. A lengthy author's note at the back of the book informs the reader that Rice herself has done quite the research into J...more
Mamabear
Jul 26, 2008 Mamabear rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
This story, written in the first person of 7 year old Jesus, is a fictional account of the family's return from Egypt to Nazareth.
It is fascinating in its attention to detail, whether that detail is geographical, archeological, historical or dealing with the customs and morals of the First Century.
The time frame is a year in the life of the boy Jesus, who is struggling to understand and piece together the secrets surrounding his birth, the unexplainable events that occur in his presence, and th...more
Aileen
I loved this book. I was kind of wary about reading something that tries to present what is going on in Jesus' head, but it was amazing.

Anne Rice always does her research, and it really shows in this book. I see some other readers didn't like the style of writing (it's kind of shorter and choppier than her usual style) but I think it really brought to life the thoughts of a 7-9 year old child as he grows into his understanding of who he is.

I absolutely loved it, and what I loved even more was th...more
Khenpo Gurudas
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Dominic
I have been an Anne Rice fan since I was an early teenager,and I have read almost all of her work. I have always been most attracted to her Vampire Chronicles and I don't even care for vampires. What has always stood out to me was Rice's gift of story telling and her ability to travel into different time periods and civilizations. This being said, why did it take me 8 years to read her novel about Christ's boyhood? I'm not a Christian in any means, but that wasn't even the issue. I couldn't get...more
Steven
Fascinating exploration of the childhood of Jesus. Of course, it is not "true," nor is it Biblical. But it is not a book about vampires either. This is Anne Rice following her adult return to the faith of her childhood. The level of historical research that went into this engaging novel is obvious. The insights based on the history of Israel and Egypt at the time are valuable. But the best thing is the first-person narration from a very charming boy Jesus, trying to figure out who he is and why...more
Jamieson
Everyone knows of The Greatest Story Ever Told. How Jesus was tempted by the devil and was betrayed by Judas for three pieces of silver; how he was crucified on a cross and rose from the dead three days later. It’s quite a story. It has all the elements of a good potboiler: heroes, villains, damsels in distress, betrayal, miracles, true love. Almost sounds like “The Princess Bride” doesn’t it? But has anyone ever asked themselves what happened before The Greatest Story Ever Told?

Apparently, Anne...more
Elaine
Dec 08, 2008 Elaine rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who has ever wondered about Christ's childhood
Recommended to Elaine by: Charles Hawes
This is the first book by Anne Rice I've read. I don't like vampires as a subject and was intrigued when she suddenly started writing about Christ. What a switch! I happily borrowed the book from my son who was almost finished with her second book on the subject. However, I must say, I was disappointed with Rice's writing style. It was so simple and repetitive she made the characters sound like dolts. I also think she's forgotten how children think. especially Cleopas and his incessant laughter....more
Clark Goble
I have to admit that I opened this book with some trepidation. I can never know what to expect from Anne Rice. When the “Queen” of vampire stories is on her game, she produces a fabulous book such as Interview With A Vampire or Tale of the Body Thief. When she’s off, she’s very capable of writing a convoluted time-waster like Memnoch the Devil. I was also afraid that Rice might use a book about Jesus as an opportunity to make some “way out there” artistic point. My fears were apparently somewhat...more
Louize

The story began with Jesus, a boy of seven, demonstrating one of his divine powers – resurrecting the dead. Then it was followed by the detailed accounts of their travel experiences from Alexandria to Jerusalem, further on to Nazareth.

Although the story focuses on the child’s hidden identity and his pursuit of the truth, it gave meticulous attention on how an extended Hebrew family travels, dwells, worship and strictly abides God’s laws; while civil conflicts rage across their home land. This pr...more
Joe
If only an angel had appeared to me and warned me of this book. I understand that "Christ the Lord" is narrated by the child Jesus, but this book is so simple I felt like I was reading a children's book. The pace is so slow it felt like I was wandering the desert for forty days.
It is a shame Rice devoted an entire book to something that could have been covered in a chapter or two. Her attention to mundane details were tiresome, not revealing. The great miracle here is not within the pages. It is...more
LP
The first book I've read by Ann Rice, it's an interesting look at young Jesus. Well written, but I didn't always agree with some of the characterizations, which is bound to happen when you're inventing a past for real historical figures about whom people are bound to have formulated very set ideas. For instance, I thought Mary was too vapid, and I've always wondered about (and disagree with) the notion of her as a Perpetual Virgin. I also wondered why the author would take one of the few actual...more
Jimmie
With this book, I realized how very little I knew of the Jewish culture within which Christ was living. Rice's strength to me has always been her ability to move the reader directly into the setting of whatever she is writing about...Now though she writes from the point of view of the very young boy Jesus, she is able again to make a time/place unbelievably easy for the reader to enter. Having read much more of her work, her ability to convey this and so much more through the consistent point of...more
Mickey
As with so many of her other books, I love the vivid imagery Anne Rice's writing conveys, which takes you back in time and makes you feel as if you're looking at the world as it existed back then, from the interactions with the Roman rulers to the physical landscape of the area. This book tells the story of Christ's early years, from the perspective of Jesus. This was an approach I've rarely seen, and it did make the book more interesting, but I was disappointed in the story line itself, which s...more
Manny Arocho
May 08, 2010 Manny Arocho rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone
Drawing upon her own faith and well as meticulous research, Anne Rice creates an uncommon novel featuring a seven year-old Jesus Christ — in first person narrative. This is the first novel of Rice's that follows her commitment to write for spiritual edification. Rice is very well read in Biblical scholarship and it shows. A post-script at the end of the novel gives great detail her spiritual journey from her early Catholic upbringing, her "disavowal" of Catholicism in early adulthood, and her ye...more
Caleb
Since Anne Rice converted to Christianity she has been divining into study about who the Lord really is. Book after book, and scholar after scholar she puts together a wonderful historical fiction of how our Lord could have grown up. It depicts what the temple in Jerusalem would have looked like while under Roman control, and how that impacts Jesus and his family. Rice does take the standpoint that Jesus did not fully understand that he was God until he was about age 9, a view I don't completely...more
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Anne Rice (born Howard Allen Frances O'Brien) is a best-selling American author of gothic, supernatural, historical, erotica, and later religious themed books. Best known for The Vampire Chronicles, her prevailing thematical focus is on love, death, immortality, existentialism, and the human condition. She was married to poet Stan Rice for 41 years until his death in 2002. Her books have sold near...more
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“I wasn't sent here to find angels! I wasn't sent here to dream of them. I wasn't sent here to hear them sing! I was sent here to be alive. To breathe and sweat and thirst and sometimes cry.” 12 likes
“You are the son of the Lord God! She said. That’s why you can kill and bring back to life, that’s why you can heal a blind man as Joseph saw you do, that’s why you can pray for snow and there will be snow, that’s why you can dispute with your uncle Cleopas when he forgets you’re a boy, that’s why you make sparrows from clay and bring them to life. Keep your power inside you. Guard it until your Father in Heaven shows you the time to use it. If he’s made you a child, then he’s made you a child to grow in wisdom as well as in everything else.” 4 likes
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