The Great Good Thing
A Secular Jew Comes to Faith in Christ
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Edgar Award-winner and internationally bestselling novelist tells of his improbable conversion from agnostic Jewish-intellectual to baptized Christian and of the books that led him there.
“Had I stumbled on the hallelujah truth, or just gone mad—or, that is, had I gone mad again?”
No one was more surprised than Andrew Klavan when, at the age of fifty, he found himself about to be baptized. Best known for his hard-boiled, white-knuckle thrillers and for the movies made from them—among them True Crime (directed by Clint Eastwood) and Don’t Say a Word (starring Michael Douglas)—Klavan was born in a suburban Jewish enclave outside New York City. He left the faith of his childhood behind to live most of his life as an agnostic in the secular, sophisticated atmosphere of New York, London, and Los Angeles. But his lifelong quest for truth—in his life and in his work—was leading him to a place he never expected.
In The Great Good Thing, Klavan tells how his troubled childhood caused him to live inside the stories in his head and grow up to become an alienated young writer whose disconnection and rage devolved into depression and suicidal breakdown. But he also stumbled into a genuine romance, a passionate and committed marriage whose uncommon and enduring devotion convinced him of the reality of love.
In those years, Klavan fought to ignore the insistent call of God, a call glimpsed in a childhood Christmas at the home of a beloved babysitter, in a transcendent moment at his daughter’s birth, and in a snippet of a baseball game broadcast that moved him from the brink of suicide. But more than anything, the call of God existed in stories—the stories Klavan loved to read and the stories he loved to write.
The Great Good Thing is the dramatic, soul-searching story of a man born into an age of disbelief who had to abandon everything he thought he knew in order to find his way to the truth.
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One of best Memoirs I have ever read.
This book has stayed with me and I keep it out in my family room. I have recommended it and given it to many. It’s a great good story for many reasons. First his childhood- I am fascinated by Andrew’s challenge in school. He is obviously bright but can’t pay attention because he is creating stories in his head, partly due to his creative genius and partly to escape family life. His self educating stage later in life where he reads everything is fascinating. Andrew’s journey to faith and healing from wounds, much from his relationship with his father, was a painful one. I didn’t have to go that route but I am so glad he shared it because in sharing it I know he has helped others who have struggled and given them hope. He continues to do that on his podcasts, which I highly recommend. His love story with his wife Ellen is also beautiful part of the story. I have the audio version too which I listen to sometimes- Andrew’s writing style is exceptional. Readers will enjoy many aspects of this memoir but the most remarkable aspect is how a secular Jew came to authentic faith in Jesus Christ. If you are not a person of faith don’t worry he’s not preaching - very much the opposite. This is one of the best memoirs I have ever read and I have read many because memoirs are my favorite genre. I cannot say enough great good things about this book. Thank you Andrew Klavan with so generously sharing your story.
Excellent read couldn't put It down
I HAVE TO WRITE THIS REVIEW IN ALL CAPS BECAUSE ANDREW KLAVAN CAPITALIZED ON WRITING ABOUT HIS FAITH, FAMILY, AND HARDSHIPS TO CREATE AN AWE-MAZING BOOK THAT EVERYONE SHOULD READ. HE BREAKS DOWN EVERY FACET OF LIFE THAT EVENTUALLY LED HIM TO GOD. ONCE AGAIN, THIS BOOK IS A MUST READ FOR ANYONE, ESPECIALLY FOR THOSE WONDERING WITHOUT ANY SPIRITUAL GUIDANCE. IRONICALLY HE TOLD GOD HE DIDN'T WANT TO BECOME A CHRISTIAN WRITER AND THIS HAS BEEN ONE OF IF NOT HIS BEST SELLING BOOKS! GOD BLESS YOU KLAVAN, KEEP WRITING.