Jesus and Magdalene by Joao Cerqueira

Lion by Lion Publications 2016

Summary

“Jesus returns to earth and meets activist Magdalene who is fighting for a better world. He finds an extremist ecological group, which is plotting to destroy a maize plantation it believes to be genetically modified. Then, he observes the rise up against a tourist development that is to be built in a forest reserve. Finally, he witnesses an armed conflict between blacks and gypsies. However, although he limits himself to accompanying Magdalene attempting only to pacify those on bad terms, even then Jesus is unable to escape the fury of mankind. And only a conman will recognize him. Using humor, Jesus and Magdalene broaches recent phenomena of social and political conflict.”

Review

I have to admit, as a Christian myself, I was a bit weary of this book. I don’t seek out books looking to use Jesus as a character to invoke ones point of view, in a satirical fashion. However, Jesus and Magdalene was an unexpected thought provoking read that left me often shaking my head and wondering about more instances of a returned Jesus and how he would be received and more importantly, how he would see us. I’m sad to say my friends, probably not too well.

Cerqueira is himself a Christian and makes no attempt to hide the fact. For anyone weary as I was, take that as a sign of well intention. I have had conversations where we pondered if Jesus was to return, what would peoples reaction be? I’m betting that that the majority of people today would think him a mentally ill man, and he would end up on lock down at the nearest ward.

I found myself laughing, agreeing and even disgusted. There is a conversation early on where Jesus is speaking to a priest, after learning of the opulence of the new church;

Priest, ” You arrive as if from another world, without any warning, and want us to become poor overnight?

Jesus says, “I suppose I have the moral authority to raise the matter with you.”

Priest, ” You had the authority back then, but nowadays the financial authority is much more important than morals.”

From that point on I was hooked- laughing, agreeing with the ridiculousness of it all, and disgusted with how much truth was being told.

The author tackles social and politically issues of today and does it with humor, yet the reader is left thinking on a much more serious tone than expected. I found that more often than not, I was a bit disappointed in only myself for seeing so much of the ridiculousness in my own reflection. I recommend this book for anyone, Christian or not, who needs a book that is both lighthearted and morally relevant, a contemporary take on religion.

Jesus and Magdalene was a finalist in 2017 American Book Fest, Fiction, Religion and can be found on Amazon. The author can be found at www.joaocerqueira.com

Jessica

(The author was kind enough to send me this copy. As always, opinions are honest and my own.)

 

 

 

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