So the tour is back on schedule, and this month’s book is “The God Hater” by Bill Myers. The book is a sci-fi work, and I wasn’t very excited before reading it. The title put me off, and I’m not a very big fan of sci-fi. However, I’ve found from doing the tour that I might miss out on some extremely good books based on such criteria.
And Bill Myer’s book, while not as big of a pleasant surprise as books like “The Charlatin’s Boy”, was a good read and I enjoyed it much more than I thought I would. The sci-fi element was not as intense as I had assumed it would be, but it definitely increases the further along you read.
The title of the book is based on one of the work’s main characters, a professor who enjoys breaking down the religious beliefs of his students and anyone else who shares with others how they believe. And through the parallels we see later on in the book, I think we find that the title shows us a problem common to all of mankind to some extend. It shows that one can claim to follow God, yet meet him face to face and not only not recognize Him… but end up persecuting Him.
I enjoyed all the different elements of the story, and though some particulars in the book do not match up with the Bible, if I remember right most or all of those were limited to being in the fictional world that the book’s fictional characters themselves create. Add to this that the author inserts a note at the beginning of the book that addresses the issue, and I think readers will be able to understand that these incorrect elements are not meant to be taken as applicable to reality. I wish more authors would start their books with notes like this, and I’m definitely planning on having such notes in all of my novels. Overall, I felt like the book made truths of God plain, and easily reached beyond a superficial claim of being a spiritual work of Christian fiction.
I would recommend this book to anyone who does not understand the sacrifice that God has made for his people, as well as for anyone who likes sci-fi or books full of adventure.
Here are some related links:
Book link – http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1439153264 (or an alternate link of your choice)
Author’s web site – http://www.thegodhater.com/
Author’s Facebook page – http://www.facebook.com/pages/Bill-Myers/44983396181
Check out the fellow blog tour members to see what they think:
Thomas Clayton Booher
Morgan L. Busse
Carol Bruce Collett
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Rebecca LuElla Miller
John W. Otte
In conjunction with the CSFF Blog Tour, I received a free copy of this book from the publisher.
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Thanks for your review, Cris.