Klavan On The Culture

"Great Good Thing" A Christianity Today Favorite


At Christianity Today, John Wilson’s list of his favorite books of the year, includes my memoir The Great Good Thing: A Secular Jew Comes to Faith in Christ.

Wilson writes:

“If you have been reading Books & Culture for any length of time, you know that Klavan is a writer I greatly admire. Stephen King has called him “the most original American novelist of suspense since Cornell Woolrich,” and his most recent novel, Werewolf Cop, is (so I think) his best yet.

“When I started reading Klavan about ten years ago, devouring his books, I had no idea that he had recently been baptized (nor did I know that he had grown up in a secular Jewish family). Gradually, as new books appeared, I began to think that this writer might be a Christian, until finally I was convinced that it must be so. The Great Good Thing tells the story of his conversion with candor, wit, and humility (no preening, no cant). It is a memoir, he emphasizes, focused on that story, not a full-fledged autobiography, but it encompasses the whole arc of his life, and especially his childhood and growing-up years before he left home at the age of seventeen. (In my favorite part of the book, he tells of meeting and pursuing his wife-to-be, Ellen, when he was a student at Berkeley.)”

Read the whole thing here.

By the way, when you stop at Amazon to pick up your copies of The Great Good Thing as Christmas presents, get yourself the Kindle version of Werewolf Cop on sale through December for only $1.99.