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American Savior: A Novel of Divine Politics

American Savior: A Novel of Divine Politics

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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.
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.

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Publish date: Aug 26, 2008
Added to Scribd: May 17, 2013
Copyright:Traditional Copyright: All rights reservedISBN:9781565126633
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walterqchocobo reviewed this
A satirical look at the election process and commentary on the state of the country through the presidential campaign of Jesus Christ. Jesus (Hay-Zeus to his Spanish speaking friends) has come back, preaching kindness and compassion to all people, and attempts to become the president of the United States. The story is told by Russ Thomas, a former TV reporter, who joined the campaign with some doubts (doubting Thomas anyone?) along with several family members and other odd characters for a presidential run. A satirical sort-of retelling of the Bible story of Jesus in today's age--gives you something to think about. I laughed out loud in several scenes, especially when the author discusses "a certain station who will not be identified but whose logo resembles an animal known for its slyness". Good book.
vpfluke reviewed this
Rated 4/5
I rather enjoyed reading this book, despite its premise. Jesus reappears on earth in a small Western Massachusetts town and builds a campaign for the U.S. presidency with a varied group of people who live there. It is narrated by a cynical newspaper reporter Russ, who is brought haltingly into the effort. Jesus as candidate does project a numbr of different images, some of them surprising, not unlike the gospel story. His mother, who has an intriguing heritage, figure fairly prominently in potios of the story. This is more of the liberal Jesus, who is fighting the people who pull the strings of political power, not unlike politicians of 2012. I don't want to say much about the denouement of this novel.
ti99er_1 reviewed this
Rated 3/5
What would happen if Jesus came back to earth and ran for the Presidency of the United States of America? Quite an adventurous theme don’t you think? Well Roland Merullo attacks this theme with a vengeance. It all starts with a mysterious man who performs a couple of miracles. First he brings a baby boy back to life after he endures a fall from a balcony three stories up. Then he cures a young girl of a debilitating repertory disease. Finally Jesus starts to assemble his rag-tag bunch of ordinary people to unwittingly become his latest disciples, and informs them of his intent to run for president. Merullo takes the history and teachings of Jesus Christ and reassembles them into a modern day setting. I think the story was well done. Although, not so much in terms of blasphemy, this story might offend some hard core Christians who might see it as a form of tampering with the word of God. The characters are well developed and the story made for an entertaining read. It was also; in some way an enlightening tale. Oh, and for the inquiring minds who want to know…..yes….there is a resurrection.
eljabo reviewed this
Rated 2/5
I really wanted to love this book - the premise was fantastic and I won it (even better!) I've been trying to finish it for a month and just can't. The characters are flat and uninteresting. The plot feels like a copycat of recent politcal events. Even though I agree with the points the author is trying to make, I'm just not interested enough to continue. The writing is OK - there are a few clever moments, but overall, the book just isn't particularly engaging. I will say that since I've lived and breathed politics for the past year, I may just be burned out on this topic. I'll try to finish it some other time - maybe it will grow on me.
lisalangford_1 reviewed this
Rated 4/5
Dee-lightful. What if Jesus Christ, THE Jesus Christ, ran for president? His platform is the beatitudes? How well would that play in Peoria? Told from the point of view of Russell, a cynical low level TV journalist recruited to be on Jesus' campaign. I don't want to give too much away, suffice it to say that this book brings forth negative things about politics (some of the characters are THINLY veiled people currently in American media and politics. VERY thinly veiled) and is quite thought provoking and insightful. Not sure I can part with this one yet.
mckait reviewed this
Rated 4/5
Jesus Christ for President of the United States. I expected this book to be entertaining, somewhat amusing, maybe Pratchett like. I was right. I was also wrong. This was a fascinating political satire that challenges our political system, the media and indeed our very culture. It does this in a way that is certainly entertaining. At times it is amusing. But essentially, it is so much more. This book forces us to look more deeply into our beliefs, and the way we live and behave. It forces the reader to see that there are options and that perhaps more than options, possibilities. What would the country be like if we chose kindness over cruelty. Generosity over greed. Truth over lies. Compelling stuff. It had the effect of making me more dissatisfied than ever with the status quo. I miss more than ever, something that we never really had. Read this book. It doesn't preach to you. It is a quick read, it won't strain your brain, it will make you smile. It is certainly an easy read. But when you close the cover after you have read the last word. You will feel better about yourself. You will know just a little bit more about love.
lmcguirk_2 reviewed this
Rated 4/5
I was very hesitant to read this book. It's one I would skim right over in a bookstore. Fortunately, I read it and loved it. Roland Merullo somehow has managed to create a completely unbiased tale of what Jesus would do if he were to run for President. Humorous, thoughtful, and a book I've passed along for others to read.
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