Item description for For Our Sins by John Briggs...
Jesus is sentenced to Hell after doubting God on the Cross. There, a beguiling Lucifer soon has the Christ child doubting his purpose, his lineage and his faith. Only after Jesus learns Satan's darkest secret is he able to ensure his Resurrection, cleanse mankind of his sins and become the Messiah he promised to be.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.98" Width: 5.88" Height: 0.68" Weight: 0.89 lbs.
Release Date Mar 1, 2001
ISBN 0595170757 ISBN13 9780595170753
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More About John Briggs
Briggs began studying comparative religion while in high school, but undertook serious investigation into the subject while a student at Temple University in Philadelphia. He works as a nationally syndicated journalist. He lives in Upstate New York.
John Briggs currently resides in the state of New York.
Reviews - What do customers think about For Our Sins?
For Our Sins Sep 18, 2001
A brilliant book. A "what if" story that will make you think. A parable of sorts, filled with as much righteousness and immorality, action and contemplation, as any in the Bible. And with a victoriously moral ending. Rather than allowing the "fictional events" to shock or offend, Jesus' time in Hell can be compared to one's own life and the onslaught of deceivers looking to control you. The human weaknesses and spiritual strengths that struggle within you are here used to reveal the road to victory. Which is, after all, what His life was about.
Not What I Expected Jul 6, 2001
I thought the beginning moved very slowly. Anyone who would buy a novel about Christ descending into Hell would already know the story of the cruci-"fiction" and have no need for it to be relayed again. I sat there, turning the pages, thinking, "C'mon, get Jesus into Hell, already." There was a pretty decent narrative tension built up between Christ wanting to live and adhering to God's plan to die, but, when Christ got to Gethsemane and nothing was mentioned of the chalice (I'm not sure what Gospel it's in, but it's definitely an important scene) and Christ praying and begging his father to 'take this cup away,' the cup representing his task here on earth, I thought most of the tension that had been built up in the too long opening deflated then. It appeared to me that everything the author wanted to say could be found right in the source material itself.
Now, I don't want to give away what happened in Hell because that's why most people buy this book, but just let me say, like another reviewer who has posted on another site, the Hell material really is a bit like Star Wars, injected the opposite way. Like a little peeping chick, newly hatched from his egg into the realm of death, Christ does not know who his Daddy is and why he's there. He thinks Satan is his Daddy and is pulled over to the dark side. That's all I'll tell you except, at one point, Jesus is moved to calling Satan a 'bastard.'
The Satan in this book is quite plastic. He's a cardboard villain. And the demons are described to death, into a certain flatness of character. This one had leather wings and that one had a hide like an alligator--point is, he'd have done much better allowing the reader to fill in the blank with whatever is most repugnant or awful to them.
One last thing: Hell is eternal darkness. Why have the sun rise over the lake of fire?
concise adult writing May 7, 2001
This book was explosive in both it thought & writing style. Mr. Briggs' writing style is concise and to the point but at the same time lets your imagination draw very vivid mental images. The idea in this book is a new concept and a little unnerving when imagining Christ in hell. I was both frightened and enthralled by this idea and by the turns this book took me in describing the details of hell. I would highly recommend it to anybody who has ever wondered about God and about Christ living on earth.
It took me by surprise Apr 26, 2001
I was sure that reading this book, let alone owning it, was a sure sign that I would need to dress lightly when I die! I kept looking over my shoulder to see if my mom was here! It is a very detailed look at a THE historic of all time. Mr. Briggs' brilliance is matched by his ability to create a detailed mental picture with very few words. It probably does not hurt that the subject matter is one of the most familiar and studied of all time. This is a must read for anyone who has ever prayed to God, Allah, Buddah or a house plant!