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The Convenient Christian (edition 2012)
The Convenient Christian by Julie A. Vermacelli
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 148104012X, Paperback)The Convenient Christian is the story of mirror twin brothers, identical, yet opposite, a rare subset in twins. One brother is right-handed and the other is left-handed. One boy is outgoing while the other is painfully shy. Charlie Drummond is a gifted, natural athlete; while Eddie Drummond is merely average. Charlie graduates at the top of his class and is given an athletic scholarship to an Ivy League college. The two brothers have a fight and Charlie leaves home. Eddie Drummond stays home to care for his recently widowed mother. He doesn’t see his brother again for nearly twenty years. Charlie returns to Hibbing when their mother passes away, but he isn’t Charlie any longer. He now goes by Charles and he’s made quite a name for himself as both an author, and the host of a nationally syndicated radio talk show. Five days a week, Charles touts the virtues of the conservative political movement. He’s married to Lilly Drummond, a supermodel, and together they have two children. Eddie is worried about seeing his brother after so many years. He is married to July, a waitress, and they also have two children. The funeral seems to put an end to the bad blood between the two brothers. Soon, the two families are forming bonds and Charles confides that he and his family would like to spend the summer in Hibbing. They’ve grown tired of the hustle and bustle of the Big Apple and with Eddie’s blessings, he’d like to rent an office in town and broadcast his show from there. Despite his reservations, Eddie gives Charles his blessings. The fireworks begin as Charles starts taking shots at Eddie. What begins as carefully placed, backhanded comments, turns into an all-out assault on Eddie’s faith, his character, his political beliefs, his meager possessions, and even his wife and children. Too late, Eddie realizes that his brother is not the good Christian he pretends to be. This emotionally-charged tale tackles the issues of the day and takes a hard look at the blatant hypocrisy (on both sides aisle) of the American political system. The Convenient Christian is the tragic story of a faithless man, the anti-Midas, who ultimately destroys everything he comes into contact with.
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