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4.08  ·  Rating details ·  1,385 Ratings  ·  129 Reviews
What If Jesus Had Not Come Until Today? Who Would Follow Him? Who Would Kill Him?A fiery car crash hurls TV journalist Conrad Davis into another world exactly like ours except for one detail—Jesus Christ did not come 2,000 years ago, but today.Starting with angels heralding a birth in the back of a motel laundry room, the skeptical Davis watches the gospel unfold in today’ ...more
Paperback, 349 pages
Published July 30th 2000 by Zondervan (first published January 1st 2000)
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Laura Smith
Jan 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I heard author, Bill Myers, speak at a Christian writer's conference in California last spring. His voice mesmerized me. His message captivated me. At the end of the conference I purchased his book, Eli, for my husband and had Bill sign it for him, secretly knowing I would also benefit from this "gift". I let it sit on my hubby's shelf with his other "to be read" books. I plowed through my pile of "to be read" books, until December, a month off book club, fewer school days, fewer activities, mor
Jeremy Bullard
Feb 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read Eli a few years back. I've never been a huge fan of Christian fiction, but I found it at the local Goodwill and figured it looked interesting. Never would I have imagined that I'd still be referencing it some ten years later.

I can't really speak to the writing style of the author, as some folks have. I've always been of the mind that an author's job is to connect with the reader. Do that effectively, and the reader will forgive any number of literary sins. Do it poorly, and it won't matte
Joe Stout
Not actually all that great. The premise is that Jesus comes in the present day. I just couldn't wrap my mind around the fact that Bill Myers assumes the future would be the same whether Jesus had come 2000 years ago or today. Everything we see around us has had the influence of Christ. Nothing can escape that.
Aug 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 Stars
This book helped me to picture what life may have been like for the disciples of Jesus. It was a fast read, and gave me a better understanding of biblical events.

Sep 21, 2009 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: everyone
I can't recommend this book strongly enough. Reading Jesus' story set in contemporary times helped me to see what the Bible has to say in a fresh light and this novel has had a profound, lasting effect on my faith and how I see what it means to be like Jesus. Absolutely, absolutely read this. At worst, you'll have enjoyed a well-written novel that deserves a place on the bookshelf of every Christian reader.
Evan Taylor
Bill Myers, Eli, copyright:2000, ZondervanPublishingHouse, Grand Rapids, Michigan,

This book by Bill Myers, "Eli" follows the story of a TV Journalist named Conrad Davis. He is thrown into another world after a car accident. He is thrown into a world where Jesus Christ was not born 2,000 years ago, but born in today's society. Jesus in this book is a man named Eli Shepard, who goes around d oing what Jesus did but in a white shirt and blue jeans.
The first act of the book when Conrad is thrown
Jul 27, 2011 rated it really liked it
So this is kind of a weird book to review. This is actually the second time I've read it- the first time was when I was a kid, and I pulled it off my parents' bookshelf because it looked interesting. I remembered bits of it, and a few weeks ago decided I wanted to read it again.

It's still an interesting book. The writing style is pretty hokey in places, I won't lie, but then again flawless writing style isn't really the point of the book. It is basically a retelling of the Gospel story, set in t
Jul 23, 2007 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, inspriational
In this evangelical novel, Myers utilizes a lot of dialogue to move the story along fairly quickly, and the parallel occurrences between the two worlds come together neatly. There is also a fair amount of action, and because Conrad is transported into a parallel universe where God sends his son to earth in modern day society, there is a challenge in trying to connect the experiences Eli and his followers go through with the experiences known of Jesus from the Bible. All of the characters are fla ...more
Jul 13, 2008 rated it it was amazing
This parallel history imagines what the world would be like if Christmas occurred not 2000 years ago, but 30 years ago. Some of the "bad guy" characters are a bit over the top, but it really clarifies how pathetic they truly are, rather than trying to make them seem Uber Evil.

Since I was familiar with the gospels' version of the events, I was familiar with the parallels the author made, and it kept me guessing about which character represented whom (with a few obvious exceptions).

As a general ru
Jul 09, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I thought this was a very interesting concept, and I wanted to like it, but just couldn't. Maybe if it was a shorter book (432 pages?) it would have been worth finishing, but I've made it half way through and can't justify spending more time. I'm afraid what was a great concept was buried in a long, long book. Some story lines in the book are just ridiculous - beer that never runs out - because Eli (aka Jesus) is there? Come on! The story flings you back and forth between a man in a coma / alter ...more
Sarah Honkanen
Jul 06, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book and made it a book club selection last year. My whole family listened to this in the car.

The story will stay with you a long time.

My favorite quote is "you are only as good as your word".
which maybe isn't so good. hopefully,if given the chance, you can always try again.
Mar 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Very thought provoking book. I found myself going back through the gospels to compare the stories of Jesus's life to what I was reading in Eli. This book places the setting of Jesus's story in modern day. I now completely "get" why Jesus was so controversial and such a threat to the establishment.
A really great book shows us how everything is great and worth to die for
Apr 05, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very thought-provoking novel about what it would be like if Jesus came now for the first time.
What if Jesus had been born in our modern era instead of 2000 years ago?

An amazing storyteller, Bill Myers, provides a riveting look into this alternate possibility. A man of Jewish descent is born to a young couple in 1970s Santa Monica, California during the height of the hippy movement. Told through the eyes of Conrad Davis, a man who questions everything to do with faith and who is catapulted into an alternate universe where Jesus has not existed...until now. Taking human form as Eli Shephe
Sep 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Such a good book! It was interesting to see what it might have been like if Jesus came now vs. 2000 years ago, and how his miracles and sermons and all the stories I've read in the Bible could have been in modern times. I love the focus on forgiveness and grace. If I wasn't already a believer, I would be now.
Laura Elledge
Jul 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved it so much I've read it quite a few times. And will read again. I've read a few of his books. He is an amazing author. I felt like I was there watching everything taking place. Ready to read more of his publishing's. Thanks for your wonderful books.
May 18, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scifi, religious, novel
Not as good as the story on which it is based.
Kathleen (Kat) Smith

What if Jesus had not come until today?

Who would follow Him?

Who would kill Him?

Conrad Davis, well known TV journalist is about to get a very unexpected view at his life in two different realities.

We have always known that the biggest news story will be the lead story, the one with the most drama, the most impact, the one with a shock and awe to it.

Yet Conrad Davis has been searching all his life for the perfect story that will take his life to new levels. That of a success, more money, more pres
AJ Garcia
Jun 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Whenever you read the cover of the book, you get the gist of the story. Some are very obvious because of the summary or just even the title itself. This book is no exemption. The plot is clear and predictable since it has a basis.

But what sets it apart? It is based on the greatest LOVE story in the world.

Justice and Mercy.
Elizabeth Schubert
What if Jesus hadn't been born two thousand years ago? What if his ministry began now? What type of people would be his followers? Who would be his enemies?
These are the initial questions that come into your mind when you first pick up this book, along with doubts that it will actually portray the biblical story or be "loosely based on truth" like a lot of modern books and movies have begun doing.
Before I really dive into this particular review, I need to say that I don't read religious books of
Jul 19, 2008 rated it it was amazing
There are very few books I can read more than once--not because I don't often find good books, but because there are so many books I haven't read and want to and don't want to spend time on books I've already read. Bill Myers' brilliant story, Eli, is one of the few (along with anything by Amy Tan). This book tells two stories, one about Conrad Davis, a reporter for a primetime news magazine who has nothing but his job. He's divorced from Suzanne, the mother of his daughter, Julia, and recently ...more
May 07, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book tells two stories, one about Conrad Davis, a reporter for a primetime news magazine who has nothing but his job. He’s divorced from Suzanne, the mother of his daughter, Julia, and recently divorced from his second wife. At the beginning of the book, Conrad is in a coma following a car crash, and his daughter must come to terms with her feelings for him–having a series of flashbacks leading up to the incident that damaged their relationship–as she struggles to determine whether or not t ...more
Beautifully written. I haven't read it in a while, because I lent it to someone and I don't remember who it was...sadness...

Anyway, this book avoided any irreverent look at Christ while still maintaining a modern-day outlook. It's really a discomforting, provocative thought to imagine what Jesus would do and say if He had come today...and then what we would do and say back to Him...

I think sometimes when reading the Bible, we tend to get caught in a false romanticism...and that's somewhat excusa
Cathrine Bonham
Jun 07, 2011 rated it really liked it
What if Jesus had not come until today? Who would Follow him? Who would Kill him?

The above was taken from the back cover of the book. If you need anymore of a hook than that I'm afraid i can't help you.

This book failed to earn its fifth star because this is one of those books that you can never be sure if the character Conrad Davis is actually in a alternate universe or if he's just having some vivid Coma Dream.

The story jumps between the alternate universe (where Conrad meets Eli Shepard who's
Jan 25, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: christian, fiction
I wasn't crazy about this book. I liked the concept, but didn't care much for the execution. Conrad is a reporter who is looking into a story about parallel worlds. He's in a car accident, and is in a coma. He finds himself transported to another parallel world, where Jesus did not fulfill His Messianic return 2000-ish years ago, but rather He is fulfilling the Old Testament prophecies in the present time, as "Eli". The book presents the Gospels in a current setting. Mary is conspicuously absent ...more
Matthew Green
Jul 31, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Eli is typical of most bestseller kinds of material. The narrative is extremely good and keeps driving you throughout the pages. And then you get to the end and think, "Wait... Is that it?"
When I finished reading this, I stopped and felt my way back through it and realized that it just felt hollow. It seemed like a shell of something real, and a fragile one at that. Were I to touch it, press on it just a bit, it would crack open, and I would see the void and emptiness beneath.

There are some poin
Nov 14, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Several years ago I bought and have read Blood of Heaven by Bill Myers. I loved it and thought this one would be just as good. Conrad is in a serious car accident and is thrown into an alternate reality or parallel universe. One in which Christ is born in our day, and not 2000 years ago, born in a laundromat, and going by the name Eli.

Now he does apologize at the beginning for not being totally up to par, but there were a few things that I found blatantly excusable. There was no way that some
Feb 01, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If I could rate this book any higher I would. As a christian women it made me weep. I've always known the story of Christ, but to have it put this way was just unbelievable!! After I read this book I went back to the Bible to look through some stuff that I obviously have missed in the 20 some odd years I've gone to church. The Bible has a lot to say and not very much room to do it in. And so it never really struck me to look at these events this way. Like when Eli was punished I couldn't stop th ...more
Sep 05, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, religious
At first, I thought this was going to be one of those cheesy Christian books. But, as I persisted myself to keep reading it, it got better, and I slowly started to make the connections between Jesus Christ in the Bible and Eli Sheperd in today's society. Although, I will admit, the book had it's cheesy moments, I do want to give the author definite credit for the excellence and accuracy in the way he portrayed Eli as Jesus and especially how he depicted him in today's world. I was impressed, to ...more
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Bill Myers was born into a Christian home, and although as a child he became bored with Christianity, he decided at the University of Washington quote, to "make God my boss." Ironically, at the University his worst subject was writing. He claims to have prayed, and said that he would be able to do anything for God, except write. Even so, he has become a prominent Christian writer, and has a large ...more
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