"If everyone in the United States had the same qualities of loyalty and care and concern for others that Larry Taunton had, we'd be living in a much better society than we do." (Christopher Hitchens)
At the time of his death, Christopher Hitchens was the most notorious atheist in the world. And yet, all was not as it seemed. "Nobody is not a divided self, of course," he once told an interviewer, "but I think it's rather strong in my case." Hitchens was a man of many contradictions: a Marxist in youth who longed for acceptance among the social elites; a peacenik who revered the military; a champion of the Left who was nonetheless pro-life, pro-war-on-terror, and, after 9/11, something of a neocon; and while he railed against God onstage, he maintained meaningful - though largely hidden from public view - friendships with evangelical Christians like Francis Collins, Douglas Wilson, and the author Larry Alex Taunton.
In The Faith of Christopher Hitchens, Taunton offers a very personal perspective of one of our most interesting and most misunderstood public figures. Writing with genuine compassion and without compromise, Taunton traces Hitchens' spiritual and intellectual development from his decision as a teenager to reject belief in God to his rise to prominence as one of the so-called "four horsemen" of the new atheism. While Hitchens was, in the minds of many Christians, public enemy number one, away from the lights and the cameras a warm friendship flourished between Hitchens and the author - a friendship that culminated in not one but two lengthy road trips where, after Hitchens' diagnosis of esophageal cancer, they studied the Bible together. The Faith of Christopher Hitchens gives us a candid glimpse into the inner life of this intriguing, sometimes maddening, and unexpectedly vulnerable man.
©2016 Larry Taunton (P)2016 Thomas Nelson Publishers
"This book should be read by every atheist and theist passionate about the truth." (Michael Shermer, publisher, Skeptic magazine)
"I did not enjoy this book."
When I die. I hope that I don't have friends like Larry.
In this book, Larry tells us what an absolute horrible person his friend was. He was a bad son, a bad brother, a possible closeted homosexual, a godless communist and an all around completely self centered ass.
Luckily for his friend he met Larry. After which Christopher turned into a delightful intensely loyal friend.
I did not either person in this book, but I do feel that Christopher may have been a bit displeased by the accounts and speculations of his last days, but alas, he is dead and can not, which makes it incredibly convenient for our author.
"An Exploitive Travesty, and Distorted Perspective"
Only if I wanted to tell my friend where to find a book which exemplifies how a religious person can discount and discredit Christopher Hitchins and betray what little friendship he may have had with him.
Not written it.
His mature style and tone adds credibility to an otherwise ludicrous prose.
Larry Alex Taunton’s life? This book was meant to be about Christopher Hitchens. I need to know nothing more about Taunton.
I think this is a re-fabrication of discussions the author had with Hitchens which were actually done as a professional engagement, not a friendly road trip. I suspect the reality was that Hitchens did what he was paid to do, which was to be as constructive and participative as possible. And as usual, a Christian preacher turned it into another money-maker and attempt to convert readers through fear and threats of damnation, couched in a ridiculous suggestion that Hitchens was ready to convert, had seen the light, once he knew he was dying. And if there were glimpses of friendship, Taunton betrays them so many times as to prevent me from finishing this book.
"Didn't taste good"
I love Hitch and have read all his books and have spent hours watching him on YouTube; it punched a hole in my life when he passed.
This just did not hold me for more than 30 minutes.
"Hitch and the Accent"
It is actually narrated ok, except I would much prefer an Englishman or someone capable of an English accent to read for Hitch (considering several portions of the book comment on it).
"A little self-congratulatory but a touching story"
This was the story of a genuine friendship between two people representing mutually exclusive positions. What a wonderful story.
Yet the author seems to conflate his faith with right-wing patriotism, praising Christopher for embracing the latter even if he never embraced the former. This is, I suppose, what one expects from a Southern Evangelical.
He is sensitive and shows a genuine care for Hitchens, and a care for his family, which is admirable. Would recommend to anyone on any side of those debates which were so big in the wake of the 'New Atheists'.
"that's why I liked him."
I always liked Christopher, which may seem strange to some as I am a homeschooling mom from Alberta, this book explains why.
Significantly richer and more impact full than the popular press reviews (WSJ) led me to expect. A wonderful glimpse of Hitch the celebrity and the man.
This was an excellent read for anyone of any belief. Gives an in depth look at the much more humane and civil Christopher Hitchens than what is portrayed in the public.
Great reader, and what an amazingly interesting character that Christopher was, and an interesting take on his views.
"A Christian foe turned friend gives respectful insight to Hitchens"
Debate enemies become friends in this insightful and respectful insight into the latter years of Christopher Hitchens. Christians may be disappointed to find no melodramatic deathbed conversion but may come away with an appreciation of the “other” Hitch rarely seen on the debate stage, media interviews, or in print. Whether you are a Hitch fan or enemy, this is well worth the listen!
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