Thursday, December 31, 2009

Anne Rice: A Christmas Christian - review of her auto-biography.

I just finished CALLED OUT OF DARKNESS: A Spiritual Confession by author Anne Rice.

My first experience with Anne Rice was around 1998 when I finally read "Interview with the Vampire". As a boy, I loved monster stuff (Dracula, werewolf, Frankenstein) and had heard a lot of praise for the Vampire Chronicles.

As I read the book, I was totally absorbed and very impressed. At the same time, it had the most sense feeling presence of evil I have ever experienced in a book. Not that I was repulsed by it, I was actually impressed by it. It was the truth of it that caught my attention- this work of supernatural fiction regarding the tragic life of godless vampires captured the tragedy of it all in dazzling images.

Knowing a little of Louis and Lestat, it was delightful to read of Anne's return to the faith and mesmerizing to read her life story. It is also comforting to know that the proverb is indeed true: 'Train up a child....'

I encourage this book and after reading it, I want to read her latest two about Jesus.

I will post more about Anne's life and conversion at a later time, especially how Scripture captured her mind and shaped her theology.

But I highly recommend this excellent story of life and faith.

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