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Eli by Bill Myers
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This book tells two stories, one about Conrad Davis, a reporter for a primetime news magazine who has nothing but his job. He’s divorced from Suzanne, the mother of his daughter, Julia, and recently divorced from his second wife. At the beginning of the book, Conrad is in a coma following a car crash, and his daughter must come to terms with her feelings for him–having a series of flashbacks leading up to the incident that damaged their relationship–as she struggles to determine whether or not to pull the plug.

The second story is about Eli Shepherd. While in a coma, Conrad is in a world in which Jesus never existed. Myers answers the question, “What if Jesus hadn’t come until today?” with Eli. Conrad sees Eli as a baby, born in a motel laundry room, and he sees him again as a young man embarking on his ministry and revealing to people that he is the son of God. Unlike in the time in which Jesus lived, Eli can communicate to the masses through television and other modern technologies. His apostles include a former white supremacist biker, a former adult filmmaker, and Conrad. Suzanne also is a follower of Eli, and Conrad is given a second chance to treat her like he should have during their marriage.

I think I enjoyed Eli so much because it makes the story of Jesus come alive and makes the Gospel relevant to our lives today. It’s also a story about forgiveness, redemption, and second chances–things we all need at one time or another.

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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0310251141, Paperback)

What If Jesus Had Not Come Until Today? Who Would Follow Him? Who Would Kill Him? A fiery car crash hurls TV journalist Conrad Davis into another world exactly like ours except for one detail---Jesus Christ did not come 2,000 years ago, but today. Starting with angels heralding a birth in the back of a motel laundry room, the skeptical Davis watches the gospel unfold in today's society as a Messiah in T-shirt and blue jeans heals, raises people from the dead, and speaks such startling truth that he captures the heart of a nation. But the young man's actions and his criticism of the religious establishment earn him enemies as ruthless as they are powerful. An intense and thought-provoking novel, Eli strips away religious tradition to present Jesus fresh and unvarnished. With gripping immediacy, Bill Myers weaves a story whose truth will refresh your faith.

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A successful TV newscaster is hurled into a parallel world exactly like ours except for one minor detail: Christ didn't come there 2,000 years ago, but today.

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2 editions of this book were published by Zondervan.

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