Friday, January 12, 2007

CFBA Tour - A Pagan's Nightmare by Ray Blackston

A Pagan's Nightmare is the story of a writer named Larry Hutch. Larry has written a screenplay for a movie about a sort of reverse Rapture. In his story, the non-believers are the ones who disappear. A pagan named Lanny is left behind. It follows his adventures as he tries to find his girlfriend. Larry's agent, Ned, loves the story. Unfortunately for him, Ned's wife(a committed Southern Baptist) is not amused. This book tells the tale of both stories.

If you are easily offended, this is not the book for you. The author does a good job of taking a satirical look at some of the trappings that Christians have built up over the years. I can't help but think that some non-believers could sympathize with Lanny. At times it must seem like Christians are more worried about their appearance and works than reaching out to the lost. I know that it can be an easy trap to fall into. This focus on works has been a problem throughout the ages. But I also know most Christians do have a heart for unbelievers. Most of the time, I think the problem is in letting the pagans know without forcing them away.

I am going to look for other books by Ray Blackston. It is a rare gift to make a person laugh. It is even rarer to be able to laugh and re-evaluate yourself and your actions.

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