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How did a New York-born, Jewish, former-atheist novelist and screenwriter - a winner of multiple Edgar Awards, whose books became films with Clint Eastwood and Michael Douglas - find himself at the age of 50 being baptized and confessing Jesus as Lord? That's a tale worth telling.

From his childhood outside New York City through his years as college-dropout wanderer and on to his growing success as a writer, Andrew Klavan consumed stories. From novels and plays to movies and the Bible, literature helped him interpret the world and understand his place in it. Dropping out of college to wander the country as an itinerant journalist, he met the woman who became his wife - and tales of marriage have been central to his writing ever since.

Wrestling with severe depression that took him to the brink of suicide, his readings of Hamlet and even Freud became crucial life-giving supports. And lying in bed reading Patrick O'Brien's seafaring tales, he found the courage to say a prayer - "thank you" - that overturned his life and led, inevitably, to his baptism in New York City a few days after his father's memorial service. The stories of Western literature led Andrew Klavan to Jesus. This is Klavan's story of that journey.

©2016 Andrew Klavan (P)2016 Thomas Nelson Publishers

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A thing of beauty

In this beautifully written memoir Andrew bares his soul for all to see and provides a sense of perspective on life which is truly moving and imbued with his characteristic wit. The joy of my joy indeed!

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A great book by one of the best in the business

I've been a fan of Andrew Klavan for a few years now, and have procrastinated getting this book without any good reason - what a mistake. Truly an excellent work. It will appeal to almost anyone interested in a deep conversation.

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Refreshingly truthful, remarkably relatable.

Andrew Klavan and the Great Good Thing came as a true breath of fresh air. The story is constructed in a way that you don't get caught listening to a chronological tale of a mans life, rather you are caught up in his internal struggles. As a reader I could relate to a great many things even though I am not an artistic person. If you like seeing the world and faith from others' perspective then this book is for you.

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  • Anonymous
  • 26-06-2017

Beautiful

Exceptional read. It may be the best memoir I've ever read. The book has had a profound impact on me, as someone who is not only agnostic, but young. If you are unsure about your faith, looking for life guidance, or are just interested in good reading - this is the book for you. I cannot recommend it enough

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  • Bruna
  • 16-02-2018

Open and yours and your ears

Wouldn't be this great if would be another voice. It is like he just sat down with us and told the story of his life. God bless you and your family.

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  • Nathan L.
  • 04-12-2017

I may love Andrew Klavan?

Fan of his political coverage. I decided to see where it all started, with this heartfelt journey. Brilliantly written, brilliantly narrated. - A cheap Welshman