I like to read a lot of different types of books, and if you know me at all, I like things a bit controversial. When I heard an interview with Ronald Currie Jr, the author of God is Dead, on the Penguin publisher’s podcast, I had to get a copy of the book. Instead of receiving the hardcover I thought I had purchased, I instead received a soft cover ARC. Oh, well.
The premise of God is Dead is that God comes to earth as a Dinka woman and dies when an African village is attacked. When the world finds out, well you can guess a few things that might happen. Preachers turn to drunks, many people just go nuts with nothing left to believe in or live for. The absence of a deity leaves a void and people begin to worship their kids, and others go off the Darwinian “survival of the fittest” deep-end.
God is Dead held my attention quite well and I will have to say that Ron is very talented in description. Since I didn’t receive the Hardcover edition for the eBay store I cannot comment on flow or editing, since they might have changed in the final edition. Something I found intriguing was that several chapters were written in the first person, from different characters. Also, Ron’s political persuasions are littered throughout, and while his thoughts are his own, and this is a work of fiction, Gen. Colin Powell would probably not care for the first chapter or two.
Being a believer in Jesus Christ as Messiah, I was not sure how I would react to a book where God died in it. In the end I came upon an interesting conclusion that surprised me. Life without God, like this book, does not resolve. Without God, there is no hope, no joy, and point to this life other than living, multiplying, and dying.
I give God is Dead three stars out of five.