Monday, January 16, 2017

A Hard-Boiled Thriller Writer Finds God

Andrew Klavan is best know for his hard-boiled, gripping crime fiction and the movies made from it like True Crime and Don’t Say a Word. However, there is another aspect to Klavan. Born a Jew in the wealthy suburb of Great Neck, he was a constant seeker of truth.

As a child, he retreated into his stories to the exclusion of the real world, at least partly due to the fraught relationship with his father. Klavan first became interested in Christianity when he realized that the stories he loved including the crime fiction of Chandler had a basis in Christianity. It didn’t lead him to a conversion immediately, but the search for truth was there even in his most desperate, suicidal moments.

I enjoyed this book. Klavan is an excellent writer. He brings you into his world and takes you through all the difficult times and good times that led him to finally accept Christ and be baptized. If you’re a writer, or an aspiring writer, the description of his search to learn his craft is enlightening. He hated school and believed that experience was the road to becoming a writer. Eventually, he did go back to school and earn a degree at Berkley. It was there that he started reading great literature and his search for truth really began.

I recommend this book. Although his search led him from agnostic Judaism to Christianity, the story is really about the search for truth. It’s beautifully written, and the story of his life gives insight into not only becoming a Christian, but becoming a writer.


I received this book from BookLook Bloggers for this review.