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3.60  ·  Rating details ·  94 ratings  ·  62 reviews
Gold Medal winner, 2016 Independent Publisher Book Awards for Religious Fiction ("IPPY")

Winner, 2016 Utah Book Award for Fiction

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A fictional account of the birth of Christianity.

First-time author Neeleman has pulled off a staggeringly impressive feat: a rigorously researched historical novel that carries its scholarliness lightly and grips the reader w
Paperback, First Edition, 430 pages
Published March 10th 2015 by Homebound Publications
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Clif Hostetler
May 28, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: novel
I was attracted to this book because it is purported to be a historical novel about the writer of the first Gospel account of Jesus. I've read quite a bit about the subject so I was curious what this author did with it.

As it turns out very little of this book is about the writing of the Gospel. Most of the book follows the life of a fictional character who participates in the First Jewish–Roman War (66–73 CE). His life's path--as is true in most historical novels--brings him into contact with a
Feb 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
Logos is a fantastic read that provides an alternative universe take on the story of the creation of the Good News that people know of. What is most intriguing about the story is how the events that occur in Jacob's life come together to help form the basis of that.

Weaknesses of the book mainly came from extensive details for many locations. I often found that the exposition given to detail people, buildings included homes, places, and backstory for minor characters or locations ruined the pacin
Lisa Johnson
Jul 12, 2015 rated it it was ok
Title: Logos: A Novel of Christianity’s Origin
Author: John Neeleman
Pages: 424
Year: 2015
Publisher: Homebound Publications

John Neeleman’s novel Logos: A Novel of Christianity’s Origin follows the life of a priest of the Pharisee sect of Judaism named Jacob ben Aaron. The story covers several years leading up to the Jewish Wars, including the destruction of Jerusalem and the Temple in A.D. 70 and beyond. Several historical characters and events are present in the story to help the novel move alon
On Lilaina
Feb 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
“Logos is a fiction book about Jacob, a Jewish architect and craftsman living in Jerusalem at the time of the First Jewish Revolts. He and his family are caught between those who want a revolution and those who wish to keep the status quo and thus peace. Eventually Jacob must suffer the consequences of his actions and is forced to battle his inner demons as he travels the world in order to understand the part his God has set for him to play.”

If you love historical fiction you will enjoy Logos. J
Jun 26, 2015 added it
My world has been surrounded by death lately, whether in the media, people I know at a few of the places I work, or my own family. The deathwatch is exhausting, and in the past I’ve experienced the guilty wave of relief when life is finally over for those who are suffering. I’ve learned, though, that the freeing feeling often accompanied by someone passing, doesn’t always occur.

Sometimes, there is just sadness & pain and more death.

All this turmoil, and introspective life ‘stuff’ happened while
Natasha Harris
Jul 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: religious
Have you taken time lately to think about your spiritual origin?

(A Reader Review- Copy of LOGOS provided by Novel Publicity)

I will start by telling you that I am not a simple person. I do not conform to any specific belief in a higher power even though I grew up in a home where I attended services and activities at a Lutheran church regularly. Through the years and the many things that have gone on in my life, I have struggled with my belief in God or any higher power because I believe my destin
Jul 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: history, 2015-reads
I am a Hindu and I know about Christianity only through my Christian friends and movies. It's so popular that many movies are taken even in my regional language. So, I entered this book with as much nervousness when one has on their interview day. As far as I am concerned, this book is just plain fiction to me, but the research work and hard work of the author can be noticed.

The story follows Jacob, whose life traverses along various historic life events. Jacob is not the usual hero type materia
Sep 30, 2015 rated it it was ok
The author sent me a free copy of this book in return for an honest review. Honestly, I did not like reading the book. It was more fantasy than fiction. Other reviewers have given the book high praise making me believe that my Christian upbringing and graduating from an all girl Christian college had a profound effect on my life.

For the parts of the book which I believe were based on faith and sound history, I thought the author exercised good writing mechanics.

Thank you, Mr. Neeleman, for a goo
Kimberly Newman
Aug 21, 2015 rated it did not like it
I won the book through the Goodreads firstreads program

I was interested in the book because I know the Logos and thought I might enjoy a historical telling of the times. The writing is easy to follow and understand. The first chapter was an interesting perspective on the demise of Paul the apostle. I did not finish the book because of offensive sexual content and would not recommend it for a follower of Christ.
A Superb Debut Novel on the Birth of Christianity

Debut novelist John Neeleman's "Logos" should be viewed as one of the most notable works of fiction published this year - and one of this year's notable debut novels - and one that should have been published by a major New York City publishing house. This is a compelling, quite fascinating, account of the life of Jacob Ben Aaron, whom Neeleman establishes as the author of the unknown "proto-Gospel" that apparently inspired several of the Gospels f
M. P.
Jun 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
Before I get to the review itself, it ought to be stated I received this book through a Goodreads giveaway.

I must admit I'm not a religious nor spiritual person. These are matters I merely have some academic interest in as someone with a fascination towards the human psyche, most of all. As it turned out, I ended up truly enjoying the book less for the psychology of the characters presented, and more for the fact Neeleman has done a staggering level of historical research for his book. Who doesn
James Femmer
Jul 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
I was given a copy of this book as part of a Novel Publicity tour.

I didn’t know what to expect when I started reading Logos. Even as I trudged through the first few chapters, I wasn’t sure what I was reading. From the description, I knew it had something to do with Jesus and the origins of Christianity, a subject that I’ve long been academically interested in. The prologue was about somebody named Paul in prison, set to die. I assumed (correctly, as I learned later) that this was the Saul of the
**the True Snow Queen**
Feb 19, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: fiction, first-reads
I'm so glad I didn't have to pay a cent for this book! I RECEIVED IT FREE THROUGH GOODREADS' FIRST READS GIVEAWAY.

I'm not going to waste anymore time than I need to since I wasted precious reading time on this travesty so I'll skip describing the few merits of it. (If you're looking for those, go to the next review because you won't find them here.)

I was fully aware that this book was FICTION. (We have got to make that clear--95% of this book isn't true and pure fantasy. Please do not be fooled
Sparrow Brown
Jun 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I finished Logos this afternoon by John Neeleman, and I have to say it’s a long read. Most of that length, however,is necessary as a story vehicle. Neeleman takes you on a walking tour of the main character Jacob’s life, from childhood until an ultimately happy ending (more on that later). The story starts in the opulence of Roman occupied Jerusalem and ends in the opulence of Rome. Along the way are sojourns in the barren deserts of Palestine and the lush oasises of the Levant. The landscape it ...more
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I am so happy to be a part of this blog tour for the book Logos. I did receive a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion of it.

I was pretty stoked when I seen the description for this book on the Novel Publicity's website for upcoming blog tours. That description blew me away and I knew; just knew I had to take part in this tour. Logos is really one of kind and I don't think there will ever be a book that can come to close
Naturalbri (Bri Wignall)
Jun 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Perspective, Choice and Change

Deep, I know. However, I knew that this would be a deeper and more thought provoking review the moment I picked up Logos. Initially I was turned away by the thought that it was a religious text. Then I read the blurb and saw that it is a new look into the writing of the religious texts, not about the actual religion at all.
Then, I connected with the book, well beyond what I thought I would. The author writes the story, overall, from a very different perspective than
Cindy Smith
Jul 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
This book is very interesting. Having been raised Catholic, I never learned much history about the Jewish community in ancient times. I loved how the author gave us a personal view of the destruction of Jerusalem by the Romans and, in fact, the Jews themselves. We follow Jacob's life. He is the son of a priest/carpenter. He loves the beautiful work his father creates but is torn by all the poverty he sees. His personal struggles with choosing sides in the unending debate about what the Torah rea ...more
Apr 10, 2015 rated it did not like it
Unfortunately, I think most reviewers based their ratings based more on Neeleman’s ambition and intent, as opposed to the finished product itself. Simply put, he tried to craft an epic, tried to make “Logos” exemplary in every way. He over-reached and as a result, every dimension which the novel held was miserably mediocre (at best).

The story is not one of the “origins of Christianity” as the write up claimed. Early Christianity is only in the periphery for most of the story and the narrative en
Jun 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction-variety
This book was a passion felt work of art.. I enjoyed the flow of the story, and the journey of Jacob's life. the heart-break and love he went through was very moving.. Jacob is a great character in this book, he has a good heart, pride, and confidence. John Neeleman is such an amazing writer, this novel held me captive with the writers emotional felt words. This book is wrote with both religious and philosophical, and it has also historical events, this book keeps your interest held, this was su ...more
Jennifer Clausen-greene
Jul 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
All I can say is if this is Johns debut novel I cannot wait to see what else he comes out with! In "Logos" Johns walks us through a fictional account of the foundational beginning of Christianity while using historical facts coupled with a great story telling ability that leaves you on the edge and wanting more. Taking a stab at explaining when, where, why and how the first gospels came about Johns covers the First Jewish–Roman War and the rise and fall of Jerusalem, while incorporating notable ...more
Sukumar Honkote
Jul 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
A book is delivered to my home. I tear open the packaging and then see a historical fiction novel, 'Logos', based on the spread of Christianity in 1st century AD. I was elated but wondering who has sent this to me. I was even composing a message thanking a friend for gifting me a book and commending him on understanding my tastes so well. But just on a hunch I checked the year of printing, which was 2015. I realized I can find out the buyer from the Amazon bill (Sometimes the brain works slow). ...more
Jason Pettus
Oct 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
(Reprinted from the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography []. I am the original author of this essay, as well as the owner of CCLaP; it is not being reprinted illegally.)

So I have to confess, I'm actually not that much of a fan of historical fiction, which makes it problematic when I'm occasionally called on to review such a book at CCLaP, because I find it difficult to determine the difference between a great one and a mediocre one. Take the recent Logos by John Neeleman
Marbeth Carmack
Jul 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
I found this to be a book that I would not consider to be light reading. For me, that is most likely because of the author's style of writing and attention to a lot of detail. I thought that often there was almost too much detail. While I did find the book to be interesting, at times it was difficult to get through a chapter because I got bogged down.

It is a good historical account of many things that did happen, and many that could have happened. There are fictional characters and actual peopl
Ben Rumimbo
Nov 23, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fun-reading
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Jul 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
I received this book for free through Goodreads First Reads.

before reading this i had doubts about it. but the author proved me wrong. i am a hindu .so the information i knew about christianity was limited to jesus and his birth and christmas . but after reading this it made me realize that whether i know about christianity or not,it wont matter. because this book tells a very neat story of the advent of Christianity .

the author's writing style didnt bore me at all as many so called Best sell
M.C.V. Egan
Jun 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Believable, Exciting and Thought Provoking
Logos by John Neeleman reads like an Irving Stone historical novel, it is that well written. Logos pulls into the era (45 to85 A.D.) with ease. I am far from an authority on the time period, but I did random searches as I read the book and everything I looked up was historically accurate. Which of course made the read that much more convincing and gives a feel of realism.
Jacob the protagonist has a long arduous journey that make his choices plausible. Ja
Joni Haynes
Feb 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
I won this book from goodreads, and very much looked forward to reading it. I really enjoyed the book, but must say that the dozens of names of cities and towns that I didn't recognize, or remember from the bible, made the reading very slow...and normally I am a pretty quick reader. Even though it was a novel, I learned a lot from the reading of the book. All the characters were pretty well fleshed out, except for Jacob's son who died...I hadn't reached the point of really feeling I knew him bef ...more
Jun 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
Even though this novel wasn't supposed to be a book about Christianity, the author did a fabulous job of writing the historical bible facts in a fashion that made the book very readable. There was a lot of detail and names were difficult to keep up with at times. The descriptions of the war between the Romans and the Jews of Jerusalem and the war between the Jews themselves in Jerusalem were very intense. I really enjoyed reading this book.

I was given the opportunity to read an advance copy as p
Sep 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
I won it on one of the Giveaways. I didn't now what to expect because it was a style I've never read before -I´m more of a fantasy reader-
And I was surprised because it was certainly amazing. The topic is really interesting.
I didn´t give it five stars because for moments I got lost or I still had a lot of questions after the explanations.
But I liked it a lot and I´m sure people who already know about the topic could enjoy it even more.
Thanks for the book.

-I apologize because my English is not r
Vicki Whittiker
Feb 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Time well spent

Wow! I was Leary about this novel, written as the religion of Christianity was born, but I needn't have been. I really enjoyed the entire novel. Well written, captivating both in story line and the characters, it is a must read. Gory at times, it reflects the time period in which it was to have taken place. The first century was a time of greAt change, political, and personal upheaval. Read this book. It is a wonderful historical novel well worth your time.
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My novel, Logos, dramatizes the advent of Christianity. The primary action ultimately involves the composition of the original Gospel – by the novel’s protagonist, Jacob.

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