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A Second Chance by Rick Herrick

A Second Chance

Wipf and Stock Publishers

Book summary:   

In this story, Jesus comes to New York City and chooses a gay man to be his messenger. The two proceed to establish a movement to redefine the Christian faith. The characters are warm and zany. Their escapades will make you laugh and challenge you to think. The book offers a quick read and considerable food for thought.

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For decades (if not millennia), people around the world have asked, “What would Jesus say or do?” in response to a contemporary problem. Rick Herrick’s A Second Chance offers a plethora of answers by having Jesus visit the city of New York circa 2021. Herrick’s brief novella is a humorous narrative with a serious purpose: an attempt to understand the essence of the biblical Jesus, free from current doctrinal misrepresentations. Highly entertaining! — David Kranz, Dickinson College, emeritus professor

Part mystery, part history, and part meditation on the meaning of religion, A Second Chance envelops the reader in the story of Jesus returning to our modern world. Herrick writes primarily through dialogue with lines that are laugh-out-loud funny. A Second Chance is a story of wonder and humor with an eternal underlying, and much needed, message: Love thy neighbor. — Ben Guest, author of Zen and the Art of Coaching Basketball

This book is really funny. The characters are warm and lots of fun. The Jesus who comes back doesn’t hold back. He makes you think. The only sad thing is the book’s shortness in length. I didn’t want the story to end. — Courtney Hand, Bluffton, SC 

About the Author:
Rick Herrick has a PhD from Tulane University, is a former tenured university professor and magazine editor, and is the author of six published novels and three works of nonfiction. His musical play, Lighthouse Point, was performed as a fundraiser for the Martha’s Vineyard Museum in 2013.


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