Anne Rice, contemporary Christian author

From Anne Rice goes from vampires to Jesus biographer: “Her memoir, ‘Called Out of Darkness: A Spiritual Confession,’ is the latest piece of evidence that Rice is reinventing herself in an attempt to build a reputation as a serious Christian writer.”

I read her first “Christ the Lord” book, on the childhood of Jesus, and was impressed with it. I haven’t read the next one that has come out, nor have I read this memoir. Have any of you? How are they?

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Professor of Literature at Patrick Henry College, the Director of the Cranach Institute at Concordia Theological Seminary, a columnist for World Magazine and TableTalk, and the author of 18 books on different facets of Christianity & Culture.

  • richard

    I have read it. To tell the truth, I wasn’t much impressed with it, but I wasn’t impressed with “Christ the Lord,” either. Could have to do with the way her Catholic theology was interweaved in her book. I have been VERY impressed though with her outspoken defense of the historicity of the faith–Mike Horton has a good conversation with her on one of the White Horse Inn presentations.

  • Peter Leavitt

    I’ve read both her books on Christ and find them well , even beautifully written and interesting interpretations of Christ based on thorough and excellent scholarship. I look forward to reading her memoir, as her story of leaving the Christian faith and returning to it as an orthodox Christian is a remarkable one.

    We need more artists like Anne Rice who have the courage and imagination in a secular ethos to seriously explore the life of Christ.

  • richard

    I’ve been more impressed by Marilynne Robinson, who recently gave an interview to the Washington Post in which she identified her favorite writer–John Calvin! Her fictional writing is outstanding–”Gilead” was a gem, and I’m looking forward to reading her latest.

  • Pr. Lehmann

    I have read “Christ the Lord: Road to Cana.” Liked it very much. I don’t agree with her approach completely, but I think she is clearly attempting to confess the full humanity and the full divinity of Christ.

    I think her vampire fiction prepared her for this. She knows the depth of evil. I’m glad that Christ has answered the hopelessness that she once lived in.

  • Richard

    Justin Taylor has linked to a terrific interview with Marilynne Robinson, here:

  • Bill

    Pr. Lehmann, how can one know the depth of evil by writing fiction, even vampire fiction? Unlike you, I’ve not read Rice, but may I assume her stories are not based on real events?

  • Darren

    I have read the first “Christ the Lord” book, and the appendix where Rice describes her reversion made me cry for gladness.

    I’m half-through the second book, “Road to Cana,” and I like it so far.

  • Pr. Lehmann

    Certainly the evil that can be imagined by someone shows how low we as humans can go. The characters a person writes, even the evil ones, reflect something about the author, even if it’s something they hate.