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Alone in his jail cell, Christian receives a midnight visitation from a beautiful stranger. She is the messiah and tasks him with solving a series of spiritual mysteries in order to save his immortal soul...

Atmospheric, dreamlike, unpredictable and wise, Gospel Prism is the dazzling debut novel from Gerald Weaver which brings into focus the relationship between literature
Paperback, 1st edition, 370 pages
Published May 21st 2015 by London Wall Publishing
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Roger DeBlanck
Jan 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
Gerald Weaver’s novel Gospel Prism is not an easy book to categorize, and that is a good quality. It is an ingenious and compelling work, which is a high mark for any art. The book expertly combines its vast degree of intelligence with moments of unsettling content and also with elements of outrageous humor. In short, Gospel Prism is a clever, original, and brilliant work of fiction.

The protagonist of Weaver’s novel is Christian, a type of everyman serving time in a minimum-security facility. In
Pawan Mishra
Jan 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
If you are into serious literary fiction, Gospel Prism is a treat. The book takes you on a beautiful journey that's beyond the normal in terms of the story, the plot, the explanations, etc. Reading this book was like continuously walking through an amazingly beautiful landscape without having to realize the mundane surrounding outside the book. Outstandingly funny, witty, and philosophical, the book follows Christian who is serving in prison where he is visited by a mysterious female Jesus who t ...more
May 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: literary-fiction
Every once in a long while, I find a new book which is really remarkable; one that is beautifully written, has well-drawn characters, is both witty and moving, and makes you think. This is one of those books-- one that can make you laugh out loud, give you insight into loss, and provide an understanding of the views of people with different lives. On one level, the book is about a young man who has to adapt from a successful, upper-middle class life to a life in prison. While the place is clearl ...more
Jack Messenger
Nov 25, 2015 rated it it was ok
Gerald Weaver’s debut novel is centred on the mutability of words – specifically, the Word, as revealed to a narrator named Christian by an alluring and snappily dressed female Christ-figure in his cell in Manchester Minimum Security Prison in Kentucky.

The ‘preface’ to the novel, we are told, is written by Christian’s lawyer, who informs us that the book we are about to read has already been previewed and read, translated and mistranslated, appropriated and interpreted by a host of followers in
Stephen Baker
May 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Gospel Prism is an extraordinary book. In one sense, I’ve never read another book like it. But in another sense, every book I read and every book I write is similar, because Gospel Prism is about every book and even goes so far as to try to be every book.

Needless to say, it’s a very ambitious novel.

Some history. I met Gerry Weaver in the ‘70s. He was a roommate of a friend of mine at Yale. I haven’t seen him since. But during those decades, he rose to a powerful staff position in Congress, was e
Margaret Chadwick
Jul 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Author: Gerald Weaver
Title: Gospel Prism
Genre: Young Adult, Adult, New Adult, Teen, Thriller, Drama, Fiction, Psychological Thriller, Mystery Thriller, Mystery

Synopsis: Alone in his jail cell, Christian receives a midnight visitation from a beautiful stranger. She is the messiah and tasks him with solving a series of spiritual mysteries in order to save his immortal soul ...
Atmospheric, dreamlike, unpredictable and wise, Gospel Prism is the dazzling debut novel from Gerald Weaver which brings i
H Elizabeth
Jun 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
There is a strong and unique pleasure that I get when I read a very good book that is gripping and well written and calls to mind other books. I began Gospel Prism, quickly turning each page to find out what would happen to Christian, the protagonist, on his intriguing, unique, ironic, informative and often humorous journey. It is a journey through a terribly interesting place that I would only want to visit in a book. When a book puts you where you could never go, it is a miracle. Then I realiz ...more
Apr 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
I didn't win this book on Goodreads First Reads. The author sent it to me to review. It was a very intersting to read, but not my usual "cup of tea". In fact, I'm not sure what genre this book would be inThe book consists of short stories that flow into one another each with a "revelation" that the main character was supposed to get according to the visit of a "biracial female Jesus". I enjoyed some parts of the book, but in others, all I could do was scratch my head and say, Huh?". In others, I ...more
May 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing

Gospel Prism is a frighteningly important book, if you believe that literature is important. But it is also deftly humorous, compellingly suspenseful, spiritually expansive, and triumphantly insightful. It is written in at least one major and several minor keys and can be enjoyed as an absorbing and informative page-turner about the confrontations and small satisfactions of prison life, or as an ironic spiritual detective story, or even as astute literary criticism masquerading as very good fict
Jun 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Gospel Prism is a multi-textured, multi-layered novel. The characters from Little Philly Ray Sanchez to Big Frank are intriguing, giving the reader more than a glimpse into the complexities of prison life and the redemptive powers within. The narrative is loosely but deftly held together with the visitations of the divine feminine, a mixed race goddess to the inmate-writer. The reader is left longing with the same – a godly-manly sage to illuminate her path. Gospel Prism is a book to read more t ...more
May 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Gospel Prism is a fascinating novel that succeeds on several levels. It is a gripping tale of suspense set in a place that is very interesting but where no one would want to ever go. In this way, it could be a good summer beach book. But it also poses some interesting questions about reading and faith and books and the relationship between all of those. And it is also a book that is a paean to reading literature, and the tones and moods of Don Quixote and The Merchant of Venice and others haunt ...more
Rajalakshmi Prithviraj
Jun 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The fact that this book has kept me pondering over it since the time that it was recommended is proof enough of the power that this book has over a reader's mind.

The story cannot be described, it has to be experienced. Simply put, there are twelve different facets of emotions depicted by the protagonist. The story is like its title; you get to see a new perspective with every reading. The perceptions differ from people to people and moods and feelings. It is not easy to categorize the book, and
Andrea Stoeckel
Jul 30, 2015 rated it did not like it
I am sorry to report I have been unable in the past week to get more than halfway through the first chapter of this book

I actually was, soley on the book's description, thinking that it might be like Stephen King's short "Rita Heyworth and the Shawshank Redemption". This is one of my all time favorite King stories. This is nothing like that.

I have three Masters of which two directly relate to theology. I am a published poet, and wrote sermons and news articles for many years. All this to say tha
Rebekah Lattin-rawstrone
Sep 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
Gospel Prism is a novel whose preface and afterword proclaim the author – in so much as the novel allows for any form of author, the book having been read and rewritten and translated even before the author experiences the events he narrates – to be an educated man named Christian, incarcerated for an undisclosed crime in a low-security prison.

Christian is visited by Christ, a beautiful woman of mixed ethnicity whose identity is made manifest to Christian by the simple fact that she is not a pro
Terence Hawkins
Apr 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Most first novels have high ambitions. Few achieve them. Gospel Prism is the rare exception.

On the surface it's an account of its formerly high-flying protagonist's fall from grace to land in a minimum security prison for a brief stint. But once there he's visited by a female messiah and begins a spiritual quest in multiple episodes that references, without imitation, Bunyan's Pilgrim's Progress.
The language is lush and often funny; the plot dense and rich.

The book's backstory can't be ignored.
Lauren Wallace
Jun 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
"During that time that ensured, a conversation occurred that involved several shrewd things that were said to me by Little Philly Ray Sanchez, as known as Fabrizo, which related to what had already happened in our adventure and in connection with our holy and evangelical mission and the pursuit of the fair Belina Hahner, along with other events of this, our true story" (29)

I would like to thank Gerald Weaver for the advance copy of this book!

This book was so very well written; making it very ha
Dec 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Gerald Weaver’s Gospel Prism is a novel that works on many layers, as a prison adventure story, as a new age spiritual guide, and as literary imitation and commentary. Well written and assured, Gospel Prism charts it own course with playful nods to Cervantes, Montaigne, Whitman, Milton, Kafka, Proust, Ibsen, Borges, and more. Christian, the narrator, undergoes visions and quests as he tries to learn the lessons imparted from a female Jesus. With literary discussions and references to Middlemarch ...more
Victoria Brinius
Mar 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
"Gospel Prism" by author Gerald Weaver is thoughtful book. It is different from my usual story but I did like it. I liked the storyline and the way that the character reacts to a beautiful stranger who meets and speaks to him in a weird place, his jail cell. It is the kind of book that will make you ask questions as you read it. I was given this book for a review and these are my opinions . I give this book a 4/5.
Eileen Reynolds
Nov 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

A must 'read for anyone who ever questioned their beliefs while seeking answers to why we exist and how does everything fit. The author attempts to bring the reader the answers in a most convoluted and highly wordy way. Both enlightening and entertaining.
Nov 23, 2015 rated it it was ok
This was an interesting story - sort of. Unfortunately it sounds like a retread of something I have already read. The main character was so full of himself that it was difficult to like him or care about what he did or had to say.

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Gerald Weaver received his bachelor's degree from Yale University and Juris Doctor degree from Catholic University. He has been a Capitol Hill chief of staff, a campaign manager, a lobbyist, a single father, a teacher of English and Latin, a collector and seller of Chinese antiquities and a contributor to the political magazine, George. He lives in the suburbs of Washington, DC, and travels regula ...more
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