Author: David Gregory
Publisher: WaterBrook Press
My synopsis: Abby Caldwell has spent her entire life living with the Inisi tribe in the jungle outside Papau, New Guinea with her missionary parents. When the tribe is shut off from the outside world to enable it to keep it's cultural integrity, Abby and her family lose contact with everything and everyone. Abby's mother and father die, but she chooses to stay as the tribe is the only family she has ever known. When the tribe begin dying, she struggles out of the jungle to try to save them - but is too late.
Since her village had to be burned, to contain the sickness from spreading to other tribes, she has no place to go but to the family in America she knows nothing about. She discovers that her grandfather had sent her a message 16 years earlier. In the message, he tells her that he and her grandmother believe that she is the hope for America - to bring back the gospel and the belief in Jesus. As the year is 2088, it has been many years since anyone has believed in Christianity and to preach that it is the true religion is considered a hate crime.
Congresswoman Lauren Caldwell is Abby's only living relative - and she would prefer Abby return to New Guinea. She is up for re-election and is afraid that with Abby's appearance her chances are going to go from slim to none. She is in cohoots with Bryson Nichols who is championing the conversion of "carbon-based" brains to "silicone" ones. He has already had his changed. This will enable him to live forever. He believes there will come a time when people choose to just live in virtual reality and not even have bodies (creepy!). Abby's grandfather Ray had been working alongside Nichols when he dies from a brain aneuryism. How is this man the same one that sent Abby the message that she needs to reintroduce Christianity? Will Abby return to her own country - or take the challenge set before her?
My thoughts: This was such a good book! On one hand, it is hard to wrap my head around all the virtual reality stuff in the book and then I think about all the stuff that is different in the last 25 years - cell phones, CD's, DVD's, Internet. I bet our parents would never have envisioned anything like that. But to have Christianity die out is just something that I cannot even fathom - but it also put the question before me - what am I doing to ensure that it doesn't?
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~I was provided a complimentary copy of this book from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group in exchange for my unbiased review.~
The Last Christian
Publisher/Publication Date: WaterBrook, May 4, 2010