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The Last Christian

3.8  ·  Rating Details ·  549 Ratings  ·  135 Reviews
In the future, it’s possible to live forever—but at what cost?

A.D. 2088.

Missionary daughter Abigail Caldwell emerges from the jungle for the first time in her thirty-four years, the sole survivor of a mysterious disease that killed her village. Abby goes to America, only to discover a nation where Christianity has completely died out. A curious message from her grandfathe
Paperback, 416 pages
Published May 4th 2010 by WaterBrook (first published January 1st 2010)
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Jul 12, 2010 Sam rated it it was amazing
This is a fascinating book. My wife reads voraciously and it's rare she says, "Hey, you really should read this book." I am sure glad I did. It's a page turner, so be forewarned.

Anyway, plenty of reviewers have written synopses of the book. I offer instead what I think might be an ideal prologue or epilogue (or both). It's simply a quote from the last chapter in Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis entitled The New Men:

"Compared with the development of man on this planet, the diffusion of Christianit
Jun 22, 2014 Nathaniel rated it it was ok
Shelves: sci-fi, gave-up-on
I stopped reading this book when I realized that the only reason I was still going was to collect quotes with which to write a scathing review. That seems like a terrible reason to keep reading a book so, about 2/3rds of the way through, I gave up.

This book has a solid plot setup and could easily have been made into a good sci-fi thriller, even if (for someone who reads sci-fi as much as I do) the basic layout was pretty boilerplate. The problem is that this is message fiction. The plot and the
Jan 15, 2013 Blossom rated it liked it
What did I think? I was really taken in with this book. I gave it 3 stars but it's more like 3.25 perhaps. What I enjoyed about the book was the science fiction and the view of the future. I didn't think the author did particularly well with character descriptions; the emotional and mental descriptions were alright though. By that I mean I had only a vague idea of what the characters looked like so when the scenes centered around them, it was difficult to picture the character in the scenes.
Molly (Cafinated Reads)
May 27, 2010 Molly (Cafinated Reads) rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Molly (Cafinated Reads) by: Waterbrook Multnomah
Okay. Wow. Different. Definitely different. Honestly, when I opened the book and started reading it, I was really confused and didn't think that I was going to like it. But I was willing to give it a shot and boy am and I glad I did. I ended up liking it ALOT better than I thought I would, especially since I have never read this style of book before nor had I planned on reading one of this nature either. But, David Gregory hooked me. It was a complex novel, one that I think mixes sci-fi thrills ...more
Jun 07, 2011 Joan rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Christian and non-Christian alike
Recommended to Joan by: Sandra B.
I started this book thinking I wouldn't really like it. The premise was a little "soft." But then I got into it and actually found it to be a page turner! It certainly raised a lot of questions--Christian and not--in my mind. I liked the characters, especially Abby and Creighton. They make believable lovers (of a sort.) And the mystery/thriller part is good. Of course the technology is intriguing--I suppose my brain COULD be totally replaced with software (not too much would be needed!) But the ...more
Kristi (Books and Needlepoint)
My synopsis: Abby Caldwell has spent her entire life living with the Inisi tribe in the jungle outside Papau, New Guinea with her missionary parents. When the tribe is shut off from the outside world to enable it to keep it's cultural integrity, Abby and her family lose contact with everything and everyone. Abby's mother and father die, but she chooses to stay as the tribe is the only family she has ever known. When the tribe begin dying, she struggles out of the jungle to try to save them - but ...more
Terry Conrad
I can't quite get this book off my mind. Usually the synopsis tells me all I need to know about the storyline of a book. This book was so much more than that. I purchased this book based on a review of a friend. After reading it I read all the reviews on Amazon. Most were positive reviews but mixed feelings on the content. I thought it was brilliant. The characters, the storyline and the conspiracy were awesome. It is not an easy read as it is a bit deep and you must pay attention to keep everyt ...more
A bit of a slow start with chapters jumping across continents to introduce the thoughts of new characters. However, it quickly becomes a storyline that, although futuristic, is absolutely possible. Interesting to look back even a few years to when this book was written and see how our world has developed some of the same attributes of this fictional one-- where Christianity has been deemed obsolete. Sometimes the push to recognize the Holy Spirit as a living part of all Christians overcame the p ...more
Jun 03, 2010 Bridget rated it it was amazing
It's the year 2088 and Abby is the only person to survive when a strange disease spreads. Abby goes out in search of others survivors. Her grandpa sends a word telling her to spread the word of Jesus. Little did she know, the entire human race could obtain eternal life and her grandfather was partially to blame. The brain replacement project is already in use. Will Abby be successful in her attempts to remind everyone of a higher power or will the humans play God and end up destroying everything ...more
Jun 24, 2010 Shaun rated it really liked it
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Laura Hartness
Sep 21, 2013 Laura Hartness rated it really liked it
In David Gregory's The Last Christian, Abigail Caldwell is the daughter of Christian American missionaries in Papua, New Guinea. After spending all of her 34 years in the jungle, she travels to America and modern civilization for the first time. She discovers a world that is not only in huge contrast to her life in New Guinea, but also to life in our present-day America. The year is 2088 and technology has exploded, inundating every aspect of culture. Virtual Reality (VR) has become a prime resi ...more
Sep 07, 2010 Amy rated it did not like it
The Last Christian, the latest from author David Gregory, is a story about a brave new world so overrun by technology that people have lost their connection to God. In fact, by 2088, Christianity is viewed by most Americans as an antiquated religion based on superstition. The remaining Christians are called “religionists” and treated as radicals. Humans interact widely in virtual reality (VR) using neural implants surgically inserted into their brains. Sound complicated? It is.

As the first trans
Julie - Book Hooked Blog
Can I just tell you guys how excited I am about this book? I feel like I've read a string of Christian fiction lately that has been somewhat enjoyable, but the same old, same old. Some better than others, but it's all still been done before over and over. Blah. So when Waterbrook/Multnomah sent me The Last Christian, I was pretty excited. I've never read dystopic/futuristic Christian fiction. It's actually original! It hasn't been done a million times over! The entire book was really reminiscent ...more
Mandy J. Hoffman
May 10, 2010 Mandy J. Hoffman rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, blog-reviews

This book will keep you on the edge of your seat!

Wow! It's full of suspense, intrigue, and hope in dire times. This genre is not normally something I look to read, but this story was captivating and interesting to read. I enjoyed the thick plot, the deep characters, and the well written story. The Last Christian is not only a good story, but also reminder to those of us to stand up for what is right. The look into the future with this book gave me a weird feeling and was sobering, but
Jun 10, 2010 Julie rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Julie by: Stacy Carmichael
What if you were the last Christian on the face of the earth? What would you do? That's how it is Abby. She's grown up on an island in Papau New Guinea and when her tribe is all murdered, she goes to America to try to find out why. It's like stepping into a Brave New World for her. Everything is so different and no one believes in God whatsoever. Virtual reality is an easy escape, cars are automated, and people communicate through taps on a grid system.

Abby's cousin Lauren is her only remaining
May 26, 2010 Cafelilybookreviews rated it really liked it

I’m usually not one to read anything in the “science fiction” genre but I have to admit – The Last Christian intrigued me, made me *think* and kept me reading!

Imagine suddenly waking up 30 years from now and having technology so advanced that humans are able to have brain transplants, the internet has been replaced with something bigger and better, cars no longer rely on drivers and virtual reality visits are a way of life.

And the biggest change of all? Christianity is pretty much obsolete.

May 25, 2010 Heather rated it really liked it
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Pamela Barrett
Jun 04, 2010 Pamela Barrett rated it it was amazing
Christian Science Fiction with a twist, because in 2088 Christianity in America in a thing of the past. Artificial Intelligence is common place, and Virtual Reality is where most people spend their time. 34 year old Abby Caldwell, born to missionary parents, spent her entire life in an isolated jungle village in New Guinea. She leaves the village to get help when the villagers mysteriously start dying. She hopes to find the answer in America. There is also another reason to go to America: her gr ...more
Jun 12, 2010 Megan rated it really liked it
The Last Christian is a novel set in 2088. After tragedy hits the tribe she's been living with in New Guinea, Abigail Caldwell returns to America, following a 16 year old message from her grandparents to bring Christianity back to America! Americans have neural implants; they live and communicate largely through virtual reality, and the newest development in technology and medicine is brain transplants, utilizing silicon brains. Some believe that this could eliminate death.

What a thought provoki
Despite not normally being a science fiction fan, I really enjoyed this - perhaps because it wasn’t pure science fiction.

I really enjoyed the sections from Abigail’s point of view (missionary born among the Inisi tribe in Papua New Guinea until her tribe all die from some mystery illness after which she visits her cousin in the USA) and the exploration of some ideas of future trends was interesting (although I would probably only reluctantly embrace some of them!) - set in 2088, there are ideas
May 14, 2010 Kristina rated it really liked it
Abigail Caldwell had no idea what she was getting into as she paddled her canoe down the jungle rivers in Papua New Guinea. All she knew was she had to save her tribe and to do that, she needed to get help. Even her daughter, Miraba needed her help. The expedition for aid turns into a life changing event for Abby as she not only leaves the only life she has ever known, but travels to a country so technologically advanced that the population has explained away God--and it's her responsibility to ...more
Sandra Stiles
May 27, 2010 Sandra Stiles rated it it was amazing
What an awesome look at what our future might hold. Abby is an American raised in isolation with the Inisi tribe. When her people start dying she leaves the village and seeks help not knowing who to trust. Upon returning to the village she finds all have perished. No one can explain the strange illness that killed everyone in her village and no one can explain why she alone survived. After receiving a strange message from her grandfather, Abby goes to America to bring Christianity back to a nati ...more
Jennifer Defoy
This book was amazing. It had a little of everything in it.

The technical aspect of the book was very interesting to me. The idea that all people can be connected to each other constantly was very interesting. It added a new level of intrigue to the story. In this story technology has tried to rid the world of the social ills that had once existed. However it seems that technology has taken one thing away from the culture...

The story was pretty faced paced, right from the beginning. And while th
Why I started reading: A friend gave me an ARC of this book and it had been on my to-be-read shelf for quite awhile. When I learned it was nominated for a Christy, I thought I should get around to reading it.

Plot: Abby Caldwell, raised in an isolated jngle tribe flees to the outside world to seek help ofr her tribe when a mysterious illness sweepstrough her village. what she emerges into is a world where technology rules, human brains can now be replaced with a silcon replica, and God is a thing
Jul 26, 2016 Tabitha rated it really liked it
David Gregory’s novel, The Last Christian, is about the future. In this future “tolerance” has come to pass and Christianity no longer exists. Abigail Caldwell grew up in a remote jungle in Papua New Guinea. A disease killed her village, forcing her into a “real world” that she has no connection to except a dated message from her grandparents, a mission to return the Christian faith to America. Technology now offers eternal life, but at an expense. Abigail, with a little help from a professor an ...more
Linda B
May 25, 2010 Linda B rated it really liked it
In the future, it’s possible to live forever—but at what cost?
The year is A.D. 2088, and Christianity has died in America. The Last Christian is an interesting look at a futuristic world where Christianity has almost died out. In the jungles of Papua New Guinea, Abigail Caldwell has lost her family and her entire village from a mysterious brain disease. She receives a unexpected 16 year-old recorded message from her grandfather asking her to go to America and spread the gospel. Is Abby ready for
Kathleen Kelly
Jun 11, 2010 Kathleen Kelly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: finished
The Last Christian is a story that could very well happen in the future. This book is really about two things. The technology that allows for artificial brain transplants and Jesus/God. In 2088 the internet is obsolete as is Christianity. One has been replaced by the Grid and the other has not. People have no memories of religion. Life is all about technology. Cars that need no drivers and books are also obsolete. People would prefer to read all they need on the Grid. Virtual Reality is no longe ...more
May 05, 2015 Aran rated it really liked it
I had to go out on a limb to believe that Christianity will be nearly extinct in the U.S. by 2088, but the book provided some things about Christianity & humanity to ponder. In the book, people routinely get neural implants so they can surf the web directly in their brains,but then someone figures out a way to make silicone replicas of individual's brains & then performs brain transplants, but the recipients discover that they are now cut off from God, but what does that mean? It's just ...more
Joshua Boca
Jan 25, 2016 Joshua Boca rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of: Science-Fiction, Moral Ambiguity, etc.
Science can do good but people are corrupt and hence corrupt good science. The moral of this story is essentially based on Mark 8:36. Would you choose to gain the world and have a super brain for the price of losing your soul?

Christianity is being threatened around the world and whilst there are better books that deal with these threats, The Last Christian shows an alternate scenario.

Overall a good read and would read again, possibly. Its more of a book to read once in a while rather than keep
Rob Messenger
Feb 02, 2016 Rob Messenger rated it liked it
Interesting idea, raising questions about the true nature of eternal life and offering answers based in Biblical and other early Christian texts...
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