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Out of Egypt

(Christ the Lord #1)

3.58  ·  Rating details ·  13,244 ratings  ·  1,246 reviews
With the Holy Land in turmoil, seven-year-old Jesus and his family leave Egypt for the dangerous road home to Jerusalem. As they travel, the boy tries to unlock the secret of his birth and comprehend his terrifying power to work miracles. Anne Rice's dazzling, kaleidoscopic novel, based on the gospels and the most respected New Testament scholarship, summons up the voice, ...more
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Published October 31st 2006 by Ballantine Books (first published November 1st 2005)
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Feb 01, 2008 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Thoughtful people of faith, or people just interested in the person of Jesus
I have wanted to read this book evver since I heard about it. I hadn't read any of Anne Rice's prior stuff, but on a professional level (I'm a Lutheran pastor) and just on a level of personal interest I thought I'd give it a try.

The very concept of this novel--writing a fictional book about Jesus at age seven, in the first person, from a perspective that takes New Testament and Apocryphal writings seriously--is, needless to say, hugely ambitious. And when your main character is someone who 2 billion p
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
Feb 27, 2008 rated it really liked it
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
K.D. Absolutely
Sep 11, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  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
Mar 01, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone, but particularly religious skeptics
Recommended to Douglas by: no one
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Rice traces the steps in the life of Jesus at the age of seven for a year from one Passover to the next. We start in Egypt and meet Jesus' entire family and his tutors. He can speak Greek as well as Hebrew and has basic painting and carpentry skills. He's very sensitive and loves his mother very much. But he knows he's different. I mean, no one else can bring his friends back from the dead, can they?
He witnesses serious carnage
Sep 25, 2007 rated it it was ok
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 historical n
Dec 09, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Kelly Flanagan
Apr 15, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites

sorry but I felt those disclaimers needed highlighting before I begin ranting about this book. I couldn't put it down.. I was so absorbed by it I walked into a dozen crosswalks,thankfully only getting hit once, and it was gently. READ THIS BOOK!
Jan 23, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  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.
Jul 26, 2007 rated it liked it
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, tha
May 24, 2007 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: born again christians
This book sucked. Sorry. I tried to like it. It's nothing like the passionate beauty that I read Anne Rice for. She converted back to Catholicism after her husband died, and she's trying to "repent" for all the things she's been writing all these years. I think that's a shame on many levels.

Why, Anne Rice, why? You used to be so fantastic. This book is nothing like her. I felt kind of betrayed by it. The prose is short, terse, sparse. The head of Christ is far less compelling than Le
Karen L.
Jul 20, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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 interviews:
Feb 19, 2008 rated it liked it
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
Alexis Colbert
Oct 25, 2007 rated it liked it
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
Mar 16, 2008 rated it it was ok
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
Clark Goble
Jul 06, 2012 rated it liked it
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
Lee Harmon
Jan 19, 2011 rated it liked it
I'm trying to be fair; this really isn't my kind of book. It's highly speculative and it's fiction. Then I'm reminded of the book I just published about Revelation; it, too, is fiction (well, 1/3 of it is fiction) and it, too, will surely be considered highly speculative by many. I'd like to think, however, that my book is grounded in more solid research than Rice's; mine is, after all, hailed by other scholars as historically plausible.

Given, then, that we are discussing a purely fi
Apr 27, 2009 rated it liked it
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
May 31, 2009 rated it really liked it
I have had this book on my shelf for years, wanting to read Rice's Called out of Darkness before I read this, and not wanting to be teaching on any of the Gospels at the same time. I have to admit I was worried that her 'story' might cloud my distinction between scripture and fiction.

I am happy to say, it did not.

Rice does a wonderful job of sticking to a time period that we know nothing of in Jesus' life (except for some references to the non-Canonical gospels written ab
Tera Marie
May 06, 2008 rated it really liked it
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
Jul 23, 2011 rated it did not like it
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.
May 25, 2007 rated it really liked it
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 res
Apr 25, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I hadn't realized this was the book "Son of God" was based on. I love that movie as well.

Mostly I just love how respectful Rice was of her subject matter. Were there things I disagreed with? Of course. But I really enjoyed how much her thoughts made me think my own thoughts. The idea of imagining those lost years where we know so little of Jesus' life is a huge task. I learned so much about the culture and the historical context of politics and society. And it wasn't lame! That is my
Robin Patchen
Aug 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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 Chri
Apr 04, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: religion
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
Aug 23, 2007 rated it it was amazing
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
Jul 08, 2007 rated it it was amazing
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,
Sep 14, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: all
I think that this book was probably overlooked by many religious based people because of her other works about witches and vampires.Their loss.Probably the best what if religious book that I have ever read.She took great pains to note everywhere that she found her evidence.After having been raised Catholic,Attending Catholic scools from first through college,I found it to be exciting,interesting and based on a lot of the teachings of the Church.This book was referred to me by my cousin who is a ...more
Jan 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: book-club
Having never read Anne Rice before I entered the book with no expectations. I enjoyed reading the fictionalized story of Jesus's childhood and the way Biblical historical facts were brought so seamlessly into the story. I had never thought of how it would have been to be Jesus the child, not understanding all that was happening and yet having an understanding beyond his years. The historical research that went into this book is impressive and the story of course is simply one of the greatest eve ...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 nearly 100 million ...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.” 15 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.” 7 likes
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