American Savior

American Savior

A Novel of Divine Politics

Book - 2008/08/28
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What if Jesus suddenly appeared and announced that he planned to run for President of the United States? Yes, that Jesus. And what if a well-meaning but utterly inexperienced band of disciples not only helped him mount a seat-of-the-pants campaign but also ran it well, getting millions of people to support him and in the process throwing the other two major party candidates—as well as the world's news media—into a frenzy as they scramble to discredit him?

Roland Merullo's bitingly clever satirical novel about the state of American politics follows one man's campaign to bring back goodness and kindness (real goodness and kindness this time) in a country that has fallen into a divisive state of fear and hatred. Merullo takes us into the heart of "a nation in grave spiritual danger" as the Son of man sets out to make everyone realize that "politics as usual" is no longer an acceptable alternative.

American Savior is a remarkably innovative novel that challenges our perceptions and beliefs while it wags a finger at the folly of our self-righteousness. It is sure to cause controversy among those for whom politics itself has become a kind of religion.


Baker & Taylor
The American political system is thrown into a tizzy when Jesus appears and announces that he is planning to run for president, sending the two major party candidates and the world media into a last-ditch effort to discredit him.

Blackwell North Amer
Into a country divided by partisan politics, into a world turn by hatred and war, at a time when it seems that everyone and no one has a solution to the problems that plague humankind, there suddenly appears someone who can rise above the madness, someone with knowledge and power, someone with a finely tuned sense of the ridiculous - someone, in short, who can make it right. And thus we finally have an answer to the long-simmering question, "What would Jesus do?"
Roland Merullo's novel American Savior posits an inspired "what if" scenario: What if Jesus, alarmed at how the earth's most powerful nation has lost its spiritual footing and dismayed at how His own teachings have been distorted - used by politicians and religious zealots to turn love into hatred and faith into a call to arms - returns and announces that he is running for President of the United States? What if He becomes a third-party candidate, is heralded as the Son of God, and not only threatens to disrupt the status quo but poses a serious threat to the already established Democratic and Republican candidates? What would happen? How would the media react? And, more important, how would we react?
Narrated by a more than slightly cynical young TV reporter, American Savior puts the reader inside the campaign waged by what is quickly dubbed the Divinity Party and follows Jesus and his modern-day disciples as they travel across the nation making speeches, reaching out to the people, and in the process arousing the ire of those who believe they know God, and who know, most assuredly, that this is not He.
By turns amusing and heartbreaking, affirming and disturbing, American Savior is a novel sure to create controversy among those for whom self-righteousness is its own religion. Holding up a mirror to our society and the world in which we live, it is a passionate and penetrating look at the America that is and the America that could be.

Baker
& Taylor

The American political system is thrown into a tizzy when Jesus suddenly appears and announces that he is planning to run for president, launching an effective grass-roots campaign that sends the two major party candidates and the world media into a last-ditch effort to discredit him, in a satirical look at modern-day politics.

Publisher: Chapel Hill, N.C. : Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 2008/08/28
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781565126077
1565126076
Branch Call Number: FICTION MERULLO
Characteristics: 312 p

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