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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (283 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: David Gregory Narrator: Lincoln Hoppe Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2010 ISBN: 9780307715203
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AD 2088: missionary daughter Abigail Caldwell emerges from the jungle for the first time in her thirty-four years, the sole survivor of a mysterious disease that killed her village. Abby goes to America, only to discover a nation where Christianity has completely died out. A curious message from her grandfather assigns her a surprising mission: reintroduce the Christian faith in America, no matter how insurmountable the odds.

But a larger threat looms. The world’s leading artificial intelligence industrialist has perfected a technique for downloading the human brain into a silicon form. Brain transplants have begun, and with them comes the potential of eliminating physical death altogether … but at what expense?

As Abby navigates a society grown more addicted to stimulating the body than nurturing the soul, she and Creighton Daniels, a historian troubled by his father’s unexpected death, become unwitting targets of powerful men who will stop at nothing to further their nefarious goals … and the spiritual future of all humanity hangs in the balance.

In this futuristic thriller, startling near-future science collides with thought-provoking theology. The Last Christian is a provocative “what if?” novel from David Gregory, bestselling author of Dinner with a Perfect Stranger.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julie (julie37619) | 2/13/2014

    " Can I just tell you guys how excited I am about this book? I feel like I've read a string of Christian fiction lately that has been somewhat enjoyable, but the same old, same old. Some better than others, but it's all still been done before over and over. Blah. So when Waterbrook/Multnomah sent me The Last Christian, I was pretty excited. I've never read dystopic/futuristic Christian fiction. It's actually original! It hasn't been done a million times over! The entire book was really reminiscent of the Space Trilogy by CS Lewis, but also completely unique. The basic plot is that Christianity completely dies out in America. A child of missionaries in the jungle of Papua New Guinea who hasn't been exposed to any outside cultures emerges when her entire tribe is killed by a mysterious disease. She returns to America and discovers a conspiracy involving a high-tech neuroscience group who has discovered a way to replace the human brain and provide the potential for eternal life - but killing the soul in the process. Yeah, ok it's a little far-fetched. And there were some writing issues that I think could have been worked on. But I really want to focus on the positive and the fact that someone is doing something new finally. We're off the whole Amish people, orphan train, utopian Christian romance where we clutch our pearls at the thought of premarital sex or alcohol. This author portrays real life and real people who aren't perfect and does it in a completely original story. It's a great book that shows what could happen to Christianity if things continue the way they are now but doesn't sermonize. It doesn't necessarily have a happy ending. I almost passed out when I got to the ending and people didn't become Christians and some of them died. It was believable and did I mention creative?? I'm so excited to see something new in this genre and I am keeping my fingers crossed that the idea of doing something original spreads. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sharanda | 2/12/2014

    " Good book...thought-provoking "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelly | 2/10/2014

    " I don't normally read science fiction, but this was just sci-fi enough to be really interesting, and just provocative enough to be believable. A good read for Christians and non-believers, too. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paul | 2/6/2014

    " A phenomenal Effort from writer David Gregory actually shocked Me at how good This was, as any christian Who has read any christian novel, We all know that there is absolutely no such thing as Christian science-fiction.. Until now. while at times unlikely seeming, (like much of science-fiction) there are no egregious plot-holes that would directly jar the reader out of this reality. of course You have one plot device however, the procedure which 'removes the soul' that is a bit hard, but works mostly. I felt that the characters were seemingly totally stupid at times, or rather far too ignorant of their situation. And that a few times They spend too long just standing around, shooting the breeze. The novel comes together at an unexpected end and feels like it's meant to serve as the beginning of a series of stories, which I would not mind. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tammy Lyons | 1/26/2014

    " The Last Christian is an amazing glimpse into a probable future of the American Christian. Using instances and ideas that have already come to pass, the author takes us on a journey of "what if." I'm generally not a fan of science fiction, but Gregory's use of association between the human brain and the soul is a revealing message. The revelations that the main character, Abby, experiences are also eye-opening and bring a message of what the new (albeit old and lost) form of evangelism should be. It's a great book that brings a message of hope and God's love to a world headed toward complete loss of the human soul. Plenty of twists and turns to keep the reader engaged and questioning. Relative to today's society and thought processes, it leaves you thinking this may be more fact than fiction. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tero Luikku | 1/25/2014

    " What looked like an interesting journey through the dilemmas of transhumanism, falls flat on its face quite early on and barely manages to crawl back on its feet near the end. A genocide with the thrill of a manhunt ends up being just another doomsday-painting, transhumanism-demonizing, technological dystopian garbage. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachel | 1/20/2014

    " Very interesting possibility for what the future might hold in regard to technology. Great insight into what gospel presentations would focus on and also what relation our mind/body/spirit has with eternity. Very good read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Evette Thompson | 1/19/2014

    " I really loved this book. It had me in suspense and I did research and found out that there really is a such thing as transhumanism. There are even organizations that are doing research. Crazy! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christy Gibbon | 1/18/2014

    " I can really see the world evolving into the situation that is portrayed in this novel. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Bailey Olfert | 12/29/2013

    " This was preachy fiction, although the difference was that the author is preaching to the converted, to make them into better Christians. Although the premise was slightly interesting, the writing was just passable and I don't have reason to recommend this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 JoAnn | 12/3/2013

    " Not my typical style of book, but I surprisingly loved it! I can actually see the US moving toward this...sort of scary! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kate Joyce | 11/17/2013

    " I enjoyed this book. It is a book that makes you really think about the future. Read it in our book club at SCC. I would recommend it for something different to read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laurel Comeaux | 1/10/2013

    " We are living the science fiction of thirty years ago. This could be the future. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christal | 5/24/2012

    " reminds me of the days wen i was reading Zaanan.....Aww lub it....:) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Colleen | 11/30/2011

    " Scary to think where the digital age is going and what might happen. Was slow going in some spots by great overall. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John Baumgartner | 6/17/2011

    " Enjoyable, thought provoking and challenging. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mikki | 4/21/2011

    " This book was interesting and thought-provoking about the decline of Christianity in America, written in the year 2088. But, it got way to sci-fi and unrealistic to me. I was ready to be done with it about half-way through. It also got very predictable towards the end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sandra | 3/9/2011

    " This is a good book but not for everyone. It is set in a futuristic society. The writing is high technology but written with a hope and faith in the future. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 JoAnn | 1/4/2011

    " Not my typical style of book, but I surprisingly loved it! I can actually see the US moving toward this...sort of scary! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary | 1/1/2011

    " Felt like some good information about Christianity was missing but the story itself was page-turning. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelly | 10/2/2010

    " I don't normally read science fiction, but this was just sci-fi enough to be really interesting, and just provocative enough to be believable. A good read for Christians and non-believers, too. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Debbie | 8/18/2010

    " This was a really good book. I couldn't put it down. I had to force myself to stop reading it so I could get some sleep. :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christy | 8/7/2010

    " I can really see the world evolving into the situation that is portrayed in this novel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachel | 7/13/2010

    " Very interesting possibility for what the future might hold in regard to technology. Great insight into what gospel presentations would focus on and also what relation our mind/body/spirit has with eternity. Very good read. "

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About the Author
DAVID GREGORY is the author of Dinner with a Perfect Stranger, A Day with a Perfect Stranger, The Next Level, and the co author of two nonfiction books. After a ten-year business career, he returned to school to study religion, sociology and communications. He holds Master's degrees from Dallas Theological Seminary and the University of North Texas. He has been a frequent teacher, trainer, and conference speaker since the 1990s. A native of Texas, he now lives in the Pacific Northwest with his wife, Ava, and their four children.
About the Narrator

Lincoln Hoppe is an accomplished actor of stage and screen with several films, plays, television shows, and numerous audiobooks to his credit. His audiobook narrations have earned him nine AudioFile Earphones Awards. His diverse voice characterizations can be heard on animated films, video games, and commercials across the globe. He is a member of the Lost Angeles Comedy Sportz Improv Company.