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The Great Good Thing

A Secular Jew Comes to Faith in Christ

Author Andrew Klavan
Narrator Andrew Klavan
Runtime 7.5 Hrs. - Unabridged
Publisher Thomas Nelson
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Release Date September 20, 2016
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"How did a New York–born, Jewish, former-atheist novelist and screenwriter—a winner of multiple Edgar Awards, whose books became films with Clint Eastwood and Michael Douglas—find himself at the age of fifty being baptized and confessing Jesus as Lord? That’s a tale worth telling.

From his childhood outside New York City, through his years as college-dropout wanderer and on to his growing success as a writer, Andrew Klavan consumed stories. From novels and plays to movies and the Bible, literature helped him interpret the world and understand his place in it. Dropping out of college to wander the country as an itinerant journalist, he met the woman who became his wife—and tales of marriage have been central to his writing ever since. Wrestling with severe depression that took him to the brink of suicide, his reading of Hamlet and even Freud became crucial life-giving supports. And lying in bed reading Patrick O’Brien’s seafaring tales, he found the courage to say a prayer—“thank you”—that overturned his life and led, inevitably, to his baptism in New York City a few days after his father’s memorial service. The stories of Western literature led Andrew Klavan to Jesus. This is Klavan’s story of that journey."
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"How did a New York–born, Jewish, former-atheist novelist and screenwriter—a winner of multiple Edgar Awards, whose books became films with Clint Eastwood and Michael Douglas—find himself at the age of fifty being baptized and confessing Jesus as Lord? That’s a tale worth telling.

From his childhood outside New York City, through his years as college-dropout wanderer and on to his growing success as a writer, Andrew Klavan consumed stories. From novels and plays to movies and the Bible, literature helped him interpret the world and understand his place in it. Dropping out of college to wander the country as an itinerant journalist, he met the woman who became his wife—and tales of marriage have been central to his writing ever since. Wrestling with severe depression that took him to the brink of suicide, his reading of Hamlet and even Freud became crucial life-giving supports. And lying in bed reading Patrick O’Brien’s seafaring tales, he found the courage to say a prayer—“thank you”—that overturned his life and led, inevitably, to his baptism in New York City a few days after his father’s memorial service. The stories of Western literature led Andrew Klavan to Jesus. This is Klavan’s story of that journey."

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Loved the storyline!
I've been listening to Klavan's podcast for a year. Loved learning his story!
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Review by / (Posted on 6/7/2017)
No matter what you feel about religion, I highly recommend this book to any honest thinker.
It's a masterfully written biography from an adept and proven suspense novelist. He takes a very non-preachy tone and doesn't seem to be trying to convince anyone. If readers not only knew the wit and eloquent rhetoric of Andrew Klavan but the profound substance of this great book, it would be on The NY Times Best Seller list already.
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Review by / (Posted on 5/20/2017)
Good read
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was great to see the work of God in the heart of man.
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Review by / (Posted on 10/24/2016)