The Great Good Thing: A Secular Jew Comes to Faith in Christ by Andrew Klavan is a book that you just can’t set down. Klavan’s account of how he came to life is testimony to the many influences that work to bring a person to faith in Christ.
Klavan begins recounting his early life in Great Neck, NY. Reading it I couldn’t help see similarities to his nominal Jewish upbringing and the nominal Christianity of many if the Bible belt. Klavan cites his bar mitzvah as the point in his life in which he became disenfranchised with religion after having gone through the motions while at the same time his family did not believe the underpinnings of Judaism. His families faith was more of a matter of cultural heritage than deep-seated belief. In addition to that he had what by all accounts was a troubled childhood with a father who never seemed satisfied in him and who also seemed to have a desire to sabotage his children. In many ways Klavan’s early adulthood was that of a prodigal loosing himself in the world. Each step of his life turn out to be one step closer to Christ. The book’s closing chapters revolve around his conversion, his father’s death, and his baptism following his father’s memorial service.
There need to be more testimonies like this. Klavan’s story is one of God’s mercy leading him to find the great good thing, the gospel. Human brokenness and God’s grace are evident on every page.
Disclosure: I received a copy of the book from the publisher for the purpose of reviewing it. The opinions I have expressed are my own, and I was not required to write a positive review.