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Eli [Paperback]

By Bill Myers (Author)
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When Conrad Davis, a TV journalist who is critical of the religious establishment, is thrust into another world where Jesus Christ did not appear 2,000 years ago, but in the present, he finds that he has earned some very powerful enemies.

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What If Jesus Had Not Come Until Today? Who Would Follow Him? Who Would Kill Him? A fiery car crash hurls TV journalist Conrad Davis into another world exactly like ours except for one detail---Jesus Christ did not come 2,000 years ago, but today. Starting with angels heralding a birth in the back of a motel laundry room, the skeptical Davis watches the gospel unfold in today s society as a Messiah in T-shirt and blue jeans heals, raises people from the dead, and speaks such startling truths that he captures the heart of a nation. But the young man s actions and his criticism of the religious establishment earn him enemies as ruthless as they are powerful. An intense and thought-provoking novel, Eli strips away religious tradition to present Jesus fresh and unvarnished. With gripping immediacy, Bill Myers weaves a story whose truth will refresh your faith."

From Publishers Weekly
Saunders's (Pastoralia) idiosyncratic voice makes an almost perfect accompaniment to children's book illustrator Smith's (The Stinky Cheese Man) heightened characterizations and slightly surreal backdrops in this unconventional fairy tale for grownups. Saunders describes the setting, the town of Frip, as "three leaning shacks by the sea," which Smith represents as oblong two-story towers in brick red, ocean blue and mint green situated on irregular plots of land with sinewy trees against a yellow sky that suggest a Daliesque eerieness. The 1,500 gappers, spiky little creatures with multiple eyes, feed on the goats that graze the shacks' backyards; by habit, they split into three groups to attack all three properties at once. One day, the gappers decide that henceforth they will concentrate all their efforts on the goats at only one house, the one closest to the sea--inhabited by a girl, Capable, and her grieving, widowed father. Soon, the two unafflicted families begin to tell themselves that they are superior to Capable and her father ("Not that we're saying we're better than you, necessarily, it's just that, since gappers are bad, and since you and you alone now have them, it only stands to reason that you are not, perhaps, quite as good as us"). Of course it's only a matter of time until everybody's luck changes. The Saunders-Smith collaboration is inspired. Smith adds witty touches throughout, and Saunders's dialogue features uncannily amusing deadpan repetitions and platitudinous self-exculpations. Saunders is much too hip to bring this fable to an edifying ending, but things do conclude as happily as is possible in the morally challenged, circumscribed world of Frip. 100,000 first printing; major ad/promo; author tour. (Aug.) ELI: A NOVEL Bill Myers. Zondervan, $12.99 paper (304p) ISBN 0-310-218039 ~ In this compelling if at times frustrating novel, Myers imagines a parallel universe in which Jesus Christ is born not 2,000 years ago in Bethlehem but 30 years ago in Santa Monica, Calif. Through Conrad Davis, a universe-hopping journalist, we meet the 20th-century Jesus, whose name is Eli Shepherd. In less capable hands, science fiction about a contemporary messiah might become a morass of polemic and pulp, but Myers weaves a deft, affecting tale that preserves the enigmatically audacious Jesus of the New Testament and situates him in our weary, jaded, media-saturated society. And unlike other contemporary Christian novelists who transparently take aim at all things left of center, Myers delivers a messiah who transcends politics, eschewing both the Left and the Right in favor of a place his listeners have never heard of, called "The Kingdom of God." Eli's travels with his disciples-- who include a pornography mogul and a white supremacist--enlighten, entertain and challenge both his fictive and actual audience. Yet it's disappointing that the novel climaxes as Eli's betrayer is revealed; the crucifixion, resurrection and ascension feel like afterthoughts--events that deeply affect Conrad but not necessarily anyone else. Despite this and other lapses, such as Eli's uncharacteristically lame explanation for the absence of female disciples, this is a refreshing departure from the usual clich s of popular Christian fiction. (Aug.) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.

Awards and Recognitions
Eli by Bill Myers has received the following awards and recognitions -
  • Christy Awards - 2001 Nominee - Futuristic category

Citations And Professional Reviews
Eli by Bill Myers has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
  • Publishers Weekly - 07/11/2000
  • Library Journal - 06/01/2000 page 106
  • Booklist - 06/01/2000 page 1798
  • Rev. Redefining Ministry - 11/01/2000 page 102
  • Booklist - 10/01/2000 page 302
  • Booklist - 10/01/2001 page 335
  • Publishers Weekly - 07/10/2000

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Zondervan
Pages   349
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.3" Width: 5.5" Height: 1.1"
Weight:   0.75 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Aug 1, 2000
Publisher   Zondervan Publishing
Edition  Revised  
ISBN  0310218039  
ISBN13  9780310218036  
UPC  025986218034  

Availability  0 units.

More About Bill Myers

Bill Myers

Bill Myers is an author, screenwriter, and director whose work has won more than fifty national and international awards, including the C.S. Lewis HonorAward. His books have sold more than eight million copies, and three of his novels are being made into movies, including The Wager, starring Randy Travis.


Bill Myers currently resides in Thousand Oaks, in the state of California. Bill Myers was born in 1953.

Bill Myers has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Elijah Project
  2. Forbidden Doors
  3. Imager Chronicles
  4. Incredible Worlds of Wally McDoogle (Paperback)
  5. Last Fool
  6. McGee and Me!
  7. TJ and the Time Stumblers
  8. Truth Seekers

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Reviews - What do customers think about Eli?

A really Different approach to the Son of God  Mar 8, 2007
This book is a real eye-opener! It's especially good for those of us, who haver read the New Testament a few times and tend to think that "we know it all already" and cannot seem to find new insights in the Bible any more. The idea of imagining what it would be like, if Jesus was born today, in this world of hamburgers and TVs was really meaningful to me!
What if we didn't recognize Jesus  Jan 14, 2007
Ever since Blood of Heaven and Face of God, I've been a Bill Myers fan. Once again, he knocks it out of the park with this story that asks the question, What if Jesus came back today? How would he react to organized religion, to the media, to transportation? This book keeps you engaged and makes you wonder, "Would I recognize Jesus if he came through my town?" A must read!
Best book  Aug 15, 2005
This was actually one of the first books I read on my own after I finished high school. And by far, I think it is THE best book I have ever read! When I started reading this book, I thought the premise was original. It took me a little while to understand what was going on as there were "time gaps" in the story. But after reading it, you realize everything going on. And it is one of the books I recommend to everyone who wants something to read. I have read it 5 times myself, and it will definitely be a staple in my book collection.
Ignore the "Alternate Reality" Storyline...  Jun 17, 2005
In all honesty, the "alternate reality" storyline is a fairly thin veneer with which to display the actual meat of this book. After centuries of stories about shepherds, fishermen, tax collectors, zealots, and pharisees, many people have lost track of who these people actually were in the context of their own time, and we see them through the benign lens of a comfortable Christianity that we've grown accustomed to in the West.

But these people were thought of differently back in the time that the Gospels were composed. This book presents us with hippies, drug dealers, uneducated men, militants, and televangelists--people who we are more familiar with--and casts them into all the "accustomed" roles of Bible stories. In doing so, Myers shows us, at least in part, how odd, and scandalous Jesus' actions must have seemed at the time they were going on. It presents a different picture, one that adds a depth and richness to the Gospel stories than what modern Americans remember from Sunday School.

I appreciated this book tremendously, because it drew me to think about who it was that Jesus was spending time with, and how he was spending that time with them. This is not, really, a story about "alternate realities." This is a book that translates the Gospels into modern times--not word for word, nor even chapter for chapter, but tale for tale.
Amazing Book!!!  Jan 12, 2005
This is one of the best books I have ever read!!!! Bill Myers is a wonderful Christian author who truly puts his heart into his books. I loved this book so much that I emailed the author to thank him for writing it which is something I have never done before.You can't read about Eli without it touching your heart profoundly! I highly recommend this book to everyone and when your finished you will want to read his other books as well!!!

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