This is a humorous portrayal of the coming of the messiah...only this time it is the second son of God, an architect from Manhattan. Seth Miller has a hard time believing this wild tale explained by his eccentric parents until God decides to connect him directly...by speaking to Seth through his cat Walter. A wonderful hilarious look between the battle of good and evil, and Seth and the anti-Christ during Armageddon. Even though the author's delightful style and quirky humor kept me chuckling through the entire story, there is a blending of truths and realism considering the end of days.
What a movie it would make...right next to "Oh God," "Bruce Almighty," and "Even Almighty." 5 stars, fantastic read!
This books is written with a first person narrative voice that describes a character walking through a cubicle wasteland of a life. Seth Miller is so effective at explaining how boring and normal he is that the passage becomes quite funny. For some strange reason, I began thinking of "We" by Yevgeny Zamyatin. Perhaps it can be said that our world has evolved to a point where it casually resembles the most famous dystopias of classic literature.
However, there is a jolt of electricity added to the mix when Seth Miller finds out that, yes, indeed, he is the son of God...and not just any old son of God, but the most important one. That's right, J.C., the savior, the one. For a man who has prided himself on being "in the middle of the pack" and who follows a rather lazy approach to life, the realization, and the notoriety that comes with it, is predictably crushing.
This is the kind of work that will either be taken as good fun or get a lot of humorless folks all riled up (thus leading to sales). Personally, I'm in the former group. Check it out!
An original and hilariously written novel that dares to take the bible to its extreme end. I applaud the idea of the book—which reminds me of Jonah, the reluctant prophet in the old testament, who refuses to answer his calling.
Here—just prior to ominous turn of the millennium—Seth Miller is told by his mother that he is God’s son, and the second coming of Christ. Why she waited until his 33rd birthday to give him this news? God knows! According to her, God told her on her wedding night that she must remain a virgin, because she is going to become the mother of a second Messiah.
At first he figures that she must be out of her mind—until a phone call from the almighty comes in, to tell him of a fast approaching Armagedon, the final conflict between good and evil, in which he, of all people, must play the savior.
This is my kind of a book. One that invokes thought through humor. Five stars.
What are you supposed to do when your parents confide you are the second coming of Christ? That's the position Seth Miller found himself in after becoming a reasonably successful architect in Manhatten. And so begins a journey that reads like a lovable old Mathew Broadrick movie of the Biloxi Blues genre. I can hear Mathew's wise and dry observations in the voice of Seth, our hapless hero with the sterotypical jewish mother...until she's not.
How in the world do the best authors come up with such original material? And then consistantly get it right as they put it on paper, er, electronic device. Do yourself a favor and read the free chapters. You will be down loading as fast as I did. Don't say I didn't warn you!
If you liked Monty Python's Life of Brian then you should love Duncan Whitehead's The Reluctant Jesus. Poor Seth, a 33 year old from New York has just been informed by his parents that he's the son of God. Thinking they've gone mad and planning on having them sectioned, he's then informed by God himself that he is indeed the second coming. Now he must help in the fight between good and evil with hilarious consequences. This is a riot! Personally, I love discussing religion and theism and also love satire so this book is right up my street. Full of laughs and commentary, Duncan's an incredible writer with a wild imagination. Team Seth!
Elias Zapple, author of Duke & Michel: The Mysterious Corridor (The Adventures of a Basset Hound & a Coming of Age Skateboarder (For Preteens) Book 1)
'That’s when I realized that they believed every word they said was the truth.’
Seth Miller, aged in his early thirties, is happy with his life. Seth is especially happy when the Yankees win, and as long as he can keep his mother away from his Greenwich Village apartment. But Seth’s life is turned upside down after a phone call from his mother inviting him for tea. Mrs Miller tells Seth that he is God’s youngest son: the second coming of Christ. After a phone call from God confirms this, Seth reluctantly assumes the role of the Messiah in what will be the final conflict between good and evil.
‘I could imagine outraged Christians the world over disappointed that a tubby Jew was their new figurehead.’
And so, Seth gathers unto himself some disciples: his best friend Bob Nancy helps him as he (with God’s help, naturally) performs miracles in order to try to inspire followers. Alas, things don’t always go according to plan, as God seems somewhat preoccupied. Will good triumph over evil? Will Walter the talking cat continue as God’s mouthpiece? Will Seth Miller find his true love with Maggie De Lynne? And how – exactly – will Seth and the anti-Christ wage this final battle?
‘Once again, his forgetfulness had potentially devastating consequences.’
I wasn’t sure what to expect when I started reading this novel, but within a few pages, I was laughing out loud. And why was I laughing while poor Seth was struggling to come to terms with his destiny? How mean of me. The truth is I loved the way Mr Whitehead put this story together. From Seth’s overbearing mother, to his poor timid father (the earthly one, not God) to Seth and his dilemma, the characters assisting him (especially Walter the talking cat) and his disciples: it is great fun.
If comedic treatment of any aspects of Christianity offends you, then you may not enjoy this novel. If fast moving humour (with perhaps a hint or two of parody) amuses you, then you may find this novel as funny as I did.
Note: I was offered, and accepted, a copy of this novel for review purposes.
A metaphysical dark comedy from the bestselling author of The Gordonston Ladies Dog Walking Club.
In 1999 confirmed bachelor and architect, Seth Miller is told by his overbearing mother that he is God's youngest son and therefore represents the second coming of Christ.
While looking for a psychiatric facility which will henceforth house both his crazy parents, Seth takes a phone call from God himself, who tells him that Armageddon fast approaches and Christ-like Seth must fight for God in the upcoming 'Final Conflict' between good and evil as the new Messiah.
I'll tell you no more, for fear of the wrath of God should I introduce spoilers. The Reluctant Jesus is the perfect book to read as an antidote of the holiday season or the evening news.
I was gifted a copy of this book, in return for an honest review, and I will admit I did not know what to expect when I got the book, but found Duncan Whitehead had come up with another great book. A book that had me smiling and giggling as I read it. Reluctant Jesus, is very quirky and funny as it takes a look at a God who is forgetful and totally disorganized, a Savior who really doesn't want to save and yes Satan is in there as well.
This book does not follow any religion, it is purely satire, that is done very well.
The book I found was well written and flowed correctly and I do recommend to anyone who wants a book that is different and a book that will give you a good laugh as well.
Although being raised as a Christian, I find these dark satires thoroughly amusing.
Duncan Whitehead is a genius at writing from the belly; it it becomes evident after only a few pages and from there on it only escalates from page to page. And by the time you've reached the end cover, you are not really sure about anything anymore. All you know for certain, is that you're loving it. You even want to go back to page one and this time you tell you tell yourself that you will understand just a bit more of what's really going on, below the obvious.
Hilarious and charming, with plenty of humor and fast-paced plot, this novel took me into the life of Seth Miller, a man satisfied with his lot, with no troubles or dilemmas, and no misgivings about his life. Until his mother came to have a chat with him, that is. Then it all changes, and Seth is forced to face quite a revelation not many of us would have taken lightly. He is the new Jesus, and such status demands quite a lot responsibility and challenge. This story is full of humor, a hilarious read, but it is also thought-provoking, raising the question 'what if'. A great read I recommend fully!