Thursday 26 June 2014

The Reluctant Messiah by Hettie Ashwin: a review

The Reluctant Messiah! What will you feel or rather how will you feel when you see Jesus Christ in front of you? A reincarnation if I may say. How will you react when you see all omens supporting the fact that the person in front of you is J.C. the wonderful book by Hettie Ashwin says all about it.

On the back cover- What can one man do in the face of mounting evidence? James Caldecott is just an ordinary man who has an extraordinary set of circumstances. Born to Joseph and Mary, he lives an unblemished life. Is it such a coincidence he lives on Jerusalem Drive? With the media hungry for what’s hot and what’s not James is catapulted into the spotlight as the reluctant Messiah. It will take more than someone to deny him three times for James to get his life back. It will take a miracle.

The blurb and the cover support the fact of reincarnation. The facts, the circumstances that James Caldecott have to face all knitted together leads to only one result, of him being JC or Jesus Christ.

The parents of James Caldecott are Joseph and Mary, he lives in Jerusalem Drive and he is caught in the maze of extraordinary circumstances which double up the fact that James himself is JC.

Though he doesn’t agree to it but he denies it neither. Going with the flow, the media decides to keep a day to day track on James.  What they see is extraordinary and they exaggerate it to the ultimate level.

The life of James after the miracle, how James Caldecott became JC is what the book is about. The book is about the Reluctant Messiah. Written wonderfully, linking different aspects of JC’s life to the life of James Caldecott the book is a must read.

It gives the readers a lot about the characters, of JC and of much more. It is an enlightening read. Once the book ends, the readers are left with a smile on their faces and that is one great achievement for the writer.

Written in a very easy to understand and lucid language, I salute the writer for bringing up such a topic in front of the readers. Though exaggerated a few parts, for this attempt and many more to come I would like to rate the book a 4.5 out of 5.

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