W. O. W.
First, I should make it very clear that I am a big fan of apocalyptic/futuristic type stories. I loved Alas, Babylon. Brave New World. The Foundation Series. Gattaca. I Robot. I may be able to go on ad-nauseum. (I know, ME, WWII girl.) So, I admit, stories that put me far enough into the future to make their science (or lack thereof) just that side of freakishly wierd, but close enough to What Could Happen if things stay on their current course, intrigue me. That said...
So The Last Christian takes you eighty years into the future where science has hit the vertical line in the learning curve and changes and "improvements" are taking place overnight. God has been virtually (no pun intended) replaced with Virtual Reality and the almighty human improvement brain implants. Truth is relative. Sin, as far as people are concerned, is so foreign as to be inexplicable.
I tell you what; this book is absolutely phenomenal. Not only was the story line fascinating the theology was as well. We, who live in our current world, know how hard it has become to explain sin and faith to a generation raised on tolerance. People today are living so frantically, manic, chasing the everything goes philosophy, it isn't a hard leap to know exactly what David Gregory is getting at. And his new angle to presenting the gospel has me intrigued enough that I think I will have to pick up his other book, The Rest of the Gospel: When the Partial Gospel Has Worn You Out (co-authored by Dan Stone, and apparently "Greg Smith" which I think is a pen name...? Clearly I haven't read this one yet.).
Anyway, if you like futuristic/apocalyptic stories, I have a feeling you will love this.
Back Cover Copy:
A.D. 2088 Missionary daughter Abigail Caldwell emerges from the jungle for the first time in her thirty-four years, the sole survivor of a mysterious disease that killed her village. Abby goes to America, only to discover a nation where Christianity has completely died out. A curious message from her grandfather assigns her a surprising mission: re-introduce the Christian faith in America, no matter how insurmountable the odds.
But a larger threat looms. The world's leading artificial intelligence industrialist has perfected a technique for downloading the human brain into a silicon form. Brain transplants have begun, and with them comes the potential of eliminating physical death altogether--but at what expense?
As Abby navigates a society grown more addicted to stimulating the body than nurturing the soul, she and Craighton Daniels, a historian troubled by his father's unexpected death, become unwitting targets of powerful men who will stop at nothing to further their nefarious goals. Hanging in the balance--the spirutual future of all humanity.
In this fast-paced thriller, startling near-future science collides with thought-provoking religious themes to create a spell-binding "what-if?" novel.