Cover blurb - 1st to Die is a dazzlingly powerful new thriller by master suspense novelist James Patterson, the #1 bestselling author of Kiss the Girls and Along Came a Spider. I enjoyed the Main character Lindsay Boxer - a police detective. The emphasis on her female friends was also nice. However, the book was too explicit in both violence and sex for my tastes.
Since I am planning to go to Papua New Guinea as a missionary myself, I enjoyed reading the details of daily life. I especially enjoyed reading about the cultural differences she has struggled with. Her personal viewpoint as a missionary comes through very clearly. I wanted to argue with her about theology many times. I also would have enjoyed a little more self-reflection.
from back cover: "The explosive events of Jonestown and Koreagate have rivited the eyes of America on the burgeoning and largely misunderstood movement of contmporary religious cults. Robert S. Ellwood attempts to further our understanding of these occult, mystical and Eastern spiritual movements in the United States by placing them in a distinctively American context demonstrating that they are neither new nor alien."
It was interesting to read this book which was one of the first to take the intersection of relgion and science fiction seriously. The beginning and ending were good, but dragged in the middle. Unfortunately some of the theology didn't make sense to me, but maybe that is because I am Protestand, not Catholic.
I would recommend reading this, but think The Sparrow is the better book on a similar topic.
from back cover - "Church Roots offers fascinating narratives of beginnings, of immigrant plantings of the church in a new land, of human struggle and conflict - stories of the many different church groups that eventually united to form The American Lutheran Church." copyright Augsburg 1985.