Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Book Review: The Final Testament of the Holy Bible

Title The Final Testament of the Holy Bible

Author James Frey

Release Date April 20, 2011

James Frey isn't like other writers. He's been called a liar. A cheat. A con man. He's been called a saviour. A revolutionary. A genius. He's been sued by readers. Dropped by publishers because of his controversies. Berated by TV talk-show hosts and condemned by the media. He's been exiled from America, and driven into hiding. He's also a bestselling phenomenon. Published in 38 languages, and beloved by readers around the world. What scares people about Frey is that he plays with truth; that fine line between fact and fiction.

Now he has written his greatest work, his most revolutionary, his most controversial. The Final Testament of the Holy Bible. What would you do if you discovered the Messiah were alive today? Living in New York. Sleeping with men. Impregnating young women. Euthanizing the dying, and healing the sick. Defying the government, and condemning the holy. What would you do if you met him? And he changed your life. Would you believe? Would you?The Final Testament of the Holy Bible.

It will change you. Hurt you. Scare you. Make you think differently. Live differently. Enrage you. Offend you. Open your eyes to the world in which we live. We've waited 2,000 years for the Messiah to arrive. We've waited 2,000 years for this book to be written. He was here. The Final Testament of the Holy Bible is the story of his life.

I've read one other book by James Frey before. You know, the book that caused all that controversy... A Million Little Pieces, yeah. That's the one. I really enjoyed his writing. Having read and enjoyed that book was one of the reasons I was interested in reading this book of his. The other reason was because I was interested in a book that pushed the boundaries and wanted to shake things up a bit.

The book started out really well, but it lost its momentum over time. It began to feel repetitive and boring. The biggest example of this was the unrealistic amounts of sex that Ben Zion has with his followers. By no means am I offended at the thought of the Messiah having sex with anyone (or even a number of people), but it was more outlandish than realistic in the book. I feel like it would have been more powerful and meaningful to have him sleep with a few people he encountered rather than nearly everyone. Instead of conveying a message of love, I got the message that the Messiah had a very healthy libido.

Overall, I enjoyed the book. While it wasn't the thought-provoking book I thought it was going to be, it was worth the read.


3.5 out of 5 stars

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