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A wild and romping comedy from the author of the best selling and award winning novel, The Gordonston Ladies Dog Walking Club.The year is 1999 and the millennium is fast approaching. Baseball fan and thirty two year old confirmed bachelor and architect, Seth Miller, is content with his life, as long as the Yankees win and his mother stays away from his Greenwich Village apA wild and romping comedy from the author of the best selling and award winning novel, The Gordonston Ladies Dog Walking Club.The year is 1999 and the millennium is fast approaching. Baseball fan and thirty two year old confirmed bachelor and architect, Seth Miller, is content with his life, as long as the Yankees win and his mother stays away from his Greenwich Village apartment. Seth's life though, is turned upside down when he is informed by his overbearing and overprotective mother, that he is actually God's youngest son; and by default the second coming of Christ. Initially convinced that his parents are crazy, his thoughts of their committal to a suitable care facility are superseded when he receives an unsolicited telephone call from God himself. With Armageddon fast approaching, and due to some poor editing and proofreading of the Bible, Seth must assume the role of Christ and fight God's corner in the 'Final Conflict' between good and evil. Despite his initial reluctance and attempts to shirk his new responsibilities, God is insistent and Seth is cajoled into undertaking the role of Messiah. With his best friend, and chief follower Bob Nancy, Seth embarks on a calamitous sequence of miracle doing and disciple gathering, all of which fail to inspire the legions of followers expected by God, but leads to a bout of food poisoning for a troop of visiting boy scouts and a suspected attempt on the life of Mayor Giuliani. God, a somewhat nonchalant character, is far more preoccupied by the lack of IT and administrative support he is receiving in heaven, than actual events on Earth; and is already planning to move on to other planets that he and Lucifer are in the process of developing for 'future projects'.Enter Maggie De Lynne, as Seth's second disciple and love interest, who adds her own perspective to Seth's predicament; which is only compounded when a just as unsuitable anti-Christ, suffering from IBS and with a penchant for dressing up as cartoon characters, visits his apartment. Throw a 'gangsta' rapping guardian angel and Walter the talking cat - who used to be quiet as a mouse - into the mix, and the scene is set for a hilarious tale of one man's reluctance to save the world and join the family business....

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The Reluctant Jesus Reviews

  • Kirstie
    2019-04-07 02:11

    I was brought up a for the first 13 years of my life as a church going Catholic. My faith in God has not changed...the church maybe just a little! I digress, in 1980 a boy in my class scared the bejesus (I am sorry about the play on words there!)out of me by telling me that his older and all knowing sister said that the bible says that the end of the world will happen in 1999...that along with a ton of other paranormal conspiracies stuck with me right up until 11:59pm December 31st 1999. I stood in my friends back yard, cuddling my one year old, my eyes closed and waited for either God to take it all away or aliens to lift me up into their spaceships and take me to another world. As you can imagine I was greatly disappointed.This story is a tongue in cheek play at what Religion and the Church has insisted on on for many years...The Second Coming, the Raising of the dead and Armageddon.What Mr Whitehead cleverly does is takes the idea that the Messiah is not Jesus but a second Virgin birth of a regular every day guy living in the 20th Century. All the thoughts and beliefs I had were comically told in this story, i.e who's is going to take anybody seriously if they came forward and said "I'm The Messiah" and really with all the technology in the world, even in 1999 who can tell what is Miraculous or not.Seth, an unlikely candidate for the next Son of God takes a while to accept his new role, God on the other hand is quite nonchalant about the whole deal. Seth's best mate Bob becomes his right hand man and number one disciple and he meets Maggie De Lynne who soon becomes his new love interest.Seth also meets Satan's son, about the same age and also a very unlikely choice for an evil doing son of the Beast himself.Seth stresses and panics and spends much of the time contemplating this whole Armageddon thing, and based on the Bible, Seth has no idea if he will ever be ready...then God tells him what the battle entails and even that surprises Seth.This is a great fun look at the what if's of the Second coming, how a modern world would tackle the possibility of a Biblical Prophecy coming to pass...all the while keeping it light and comedic. A great read and extremely well written story! Loved every page! Thank you for sharing Mr Whitehead!

  • Roy Huff
    2019-03-29 00:07

    Okay, being a fan of apocalyptic stories, this was a must read for me. Usually you find them in one of two camps, the first an overly preachy story with poor writing/acting or an overly gross take with minimal connection to the biblical story. I will say that this is a more Judaic version that lies squarely in the middle, which is a good thing. More importantly, it's funny, which I suppose may be the only way that it could really work well given the subject matter without offending either camp. This is artfully done, and a must read in my opinion.

  • Elaine
    2019-03-23 02:15

    "The Reluctant Jesus" by Duncan Whitehead is pure delight. Seth Miller is happy with his life and career. Still single at 33, he's content with life. Until a phone call (from his mother Irma) changes his life forever.It seems that God had chosen Irma to be the mother of his second son and Irma as well as husband Ely agreed. After Seth's birth they waited to hear from God about His new son, but he never called. Life went on, Seth grew up and became a successful architect and Irma and Ely kind of forgot about his birth father. And then God called. After the Miller's tell Seth the circumstances of his birth he's convinced they are crazy, until he speaks to his father and gradually accepts that he is indeed God's second son.God asks Seth to be the new Messiah. God himself is tied up elsewhere and the Devil is preparing to make a bid for supreme power. At first Seth declines, but realizes his destiny he agrees to step up to the plate. He is helped by his friend Bill, his Harvey the doorman, who happens to be an Angel and a girl named Maggie.The Devil wants a fight and he uses his evil magic to try to force Seth, as God's agent, into a most unconventional final battle. Seth must draw on skills he didn't know he had and have some faith to meet his enemy and defeat him once and for all.The Reluctant Jesus is a smart, humorous and thought provoking book. Whitehead is brilliant with character development. Where else could you find a hip hop loving Angel, a Supreme Being who is IT savvy and the Devil who is a master gamer.The book's concept is fresh and a very interesting concept. If I was ever asked to make a list of Books you Must Read in 2014, The Reluctant Jesus would be #1.

  • Boyko Ovcharov
    2019-04-15 00:16

    The Reluctant Humankind!The talent and writing skills of the author are truly undeniable. His clever and subtle sense of humor is a real winner. Apparently, the wisdom accumulated in his life so far shows up in a perfectly delightful form of narrative and storytelling. There is a lot of meaning implied and a great deal of action behind the scenes, that is the main plot, which is multidimensional by all means. What I liked about this book was the universal dilemmas posed before all people around the world, regardless of their (dis)beliefs, mindsets, cultures etc. The timing of the storyline is not accidental either. In fact, the reader is provoked to think deeper, in a more responsible way, to reassess his/her everyday activities in the light of cause-and-effect principle, not just for the sake of 'here today, gone tomorrow' mentality.Furthermore, the reader is bound to experience all spectrum of emotions while reading the book through, that is, laugh, concern, soul-searching, hope, to name but a few!Nevertheless, one feeling you will definitely not experience is regret. That's right, you won't regret reading this wonderful book, which could also turn into a lovely blockbuster movie!P.S. I am honored to have received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.

  • March Shoggoth Madness The Haunted Reading Room
    2019-04-18 04:06

    This whimsical and often hilarious "memoir" of the "other Son of God"--the "second-begotten" -relates the life narrative of a thirty-two-year old male Jewish architect, very successful, living in Greenwich Village. Why is his age important? Well, remember what happened to Jesus when he turned thirty-three. Seth Miller, who considers his life actually perfect, is beyond astounded when his parents, Irma and Ely, announce that Seth is the second Son of God. What's worse is the direct revelation from the deity--presented here as forgetful, not fully in control, and often absent, that Seth must battle the Anti-Christ in Armageddon. Despite the fact that he persistently reveals himself as a little too shallow, Seth does possess a core of persistence and determination--both of which will be sorely in demand as he strives to cope with this all-new set of pressures.

  • Kim (Wistfulskimmies Book Reviews)
    2019-04-04 03:15

    This is the story of Seth Miller.He is happy with his life. He has a good job and is happy leading a carefree lifestyle. All that changes however with a phonecall from his mother inviting him for tea. Everything he knows is ripped asunder when his mother casually informs him he is the new Messiah. When a phone call from God confirms this news, he must eliminate his skepticism and gather a band of disciples in order to perform miracles, and prepare for Armageddon and the fight of his life...After a bit of a wobbly start where I wasn't sure if I was going to enjoy this, it turned out to be a laugh a minute comedy fest. The characters were great with some great names alluding to the original Messiah. (Maggie De Lynne and Bill L Z Bubb anyone?) The story romped along and I couldn't put it down. I am really loving this author's work and I hope there is more to follow.

  • George Polley
    2019-03-25 02:10

    Seth Miller, thirty-something bachelor and successful New York architect, receives a call at his office from his interfering mother one afternoon that changes his life forever. “Come visit us this evening!” she orders. Perplexed and curious, he goes. The results, which change his life forever, are both chaotic and hilarious. I had to remind myself that this is comedy, the kind of comedy that, because Seth finds himself playing the role of a very reluctant Jesus, some people will find offensive. Good satire has that effect. I’m reminded of Jonathan Swift’s great “Gulliver’s Travels,” which is much more than it is usually taken to be.Is “The Reluctant Jesus” a good read? Definitely.

  • Grady
    2019-03-27 00:15

    Seth/SubstituteBritish born author Duncan Whitehead has a colorful career: the Royal Navy serving in British Embassies in South America, a former boxer, former children's soccer coach and is, among other assorted hobbies and jobs, a standup comedian and it shows. After all the awards and hoopla over his successful novel THE GORDONSTON LADIES WALKING CLUB, he has come up with another novel that is even more hilarious. Some hardcore right-wingers may shy away from this `further adventures of the Bible' book, but it is meant to be a parody on all that we hold untouchable - the funny things we have create in this new world of altered etherized communication.1999, just prior to the millennium (remember that?) and we meet Seth Miller, an architect and bachelor with parents he'd rather avoid. Seth (and this seems important) in the Bible, the name literally means `substitute,' as he was given by God to Adam and Eve, when their sons Cain and Abel were both disqualified as the carrier of the promised seed. Seth in Judaism, Christianity and Islam, was the third son of Adam and Eve and brother of Cain and Abel, and was born after the slaying of Abel by Cain, and Eve believed God had appointed him as a replacement for Abel.Seth Miller (jumping back into the story) is informed by his parents that he is the Messiah, that God spoke to Seth's mother on her wedding night (before consummation) that she would bear the next Messiah (the second coming of Christ) and must therefore remain a virgin. All went as planned, but Seth's parents failed to tell him the news until his 33rd birthday. Seth is shocked, considers his parents mad, until God speaks to him through his cat Walter, explaining the delays and misinformation, but aligns Seth with the necessary office work and IT work that must accompany the rather frightening Second Coming. Seth's friends and associates and various incredibly carved wild characters enter the play of plays making the ludicrous story grow more entertaining by the page. It is a true tour de force and one that should find a wide audience (with keen humors) that will appreciate the author's courage in mounting this hilarious fiasco. But in the humor (if it is well written, and this IS!) there is also an abundance of truth and parody - which makes everything even more fun to read. Recommended!

  • Brian Fence
    2019-04-18 00:10

    Kirk Cameron definitely wouldn’t give this an endorsement, so Whitehead already has something working for him from the get-go in his comedic novel, The Reluctant Jesus. Some might wonder if the title is meant to have some wider meaning, but nope: it’s the tale of your average New Yorker who find’s out he’s the Second Coming of Christ and Armageddon is on its way. How’s that for a set up?Seth Miller, as a protagonist, screams reluctant, noncommittal, flippant – everything you’d expect in a confirmed bachelor in Manhattan circa 1999. His determination to remain mundane is somewhat trying, bordering on off-putting, at times, but it is through this sense of willed heteronormativity that Whitehead’s comedy of errors hits its stride.Once the reader completes the first few chapters focusing on Seth’s very determined, ‘normal’ life – and the narration is very verbose – the pacing of The Reluctant Jesus is anything but reluctant: it’s a quick, lighthearted romp full of witty banter concerning a subject many people would consider too taboo to touch.The primary conflict of the novel is presented, addressed, and resolved all through grand revelations from the novel’s larger-than-life supporting characters. The funniest of these is, without question, God himself, and it is through the comedic delivery of numerous monologues – with the Big Man often transformed into animals in true Ovid fashion – that the book makes a reader giggle.I found myself saying numerous times that this scenario would make for an interesting piece for the stage, and with a little tightening here and there, Whitehead might have an amusing play on his hands for those looking for a tongue-in-cheek take on modern religion.

  • Christoph Fischer
    2019-04-04 06:12

    “The Reluctant Jesus” by Duncan Whitehead is a hilarious satire set in 1999 New York and depicts the story of Seth Miller. A regular Jewish guy with a good life discovers that he is the second Messiah, son of God. At first he turns the job down but reluctantly he changes his mind.The story is told with a dry witty voice that lets you know from the first page that you are in for a real comedy treat. Playful and entertaining the characterisation of God, Jesus, Satan and Irma Miller, Seth’s mother are very accomplished. God calls, Satan emails and Virgin mother Irma Miller knows passive aggressive as good as any Jewish mother would.The story is based on a clever idea and told in a manner that should not offend religious people more than Ephraim Kishon or Woody Allen do. I dislike using the phrase in reviews but I laughed out loud throughout the read and it cheered me up tremendously during a very trying time in my personal life. Whitehead is a great story teller - you never quite know where the plot is going although the strength lies much more in how it is told than what is told. The book is full of great observational and situational humour, showing someone who knows, likes and draws human nature with great skill, even when describing Satan or God. I have read the author’s award winning “The Gordonston Ladies Dog Walking Club” and expected this new book to be good, but Whitehead proved to be more than a one trick pony, not relying on formula or repetition. With The Reluctant Jesus the author shows his versatility and delivers another great piece of entertainment.

  • Ionia
    2019-04-21 01:32

    This is a truly hilarious and worthwhile book. From the very beginning Duncan Whitehead includes his usual brand of ironic humour, bringing to life a perfect lead character. I had so much fun reading this book that I kept spouting passages out loud to those around me. Not being a very religious type, I was at first a bit concerned about the title of this book, but after only a few pages, I realised this was something that I was not going to be able to put down easily. I also really liked the way the main character came to acceptance of his fate. His disbelieving in the beginning was logical, but also extraordinarily funny. This is one of those books that you want to share with your friends and relatives. There are so many unexpected and funny twists in this novel and it just kept getting better as I read to the end. I loved that the author had such a unique way of approaching his idea. This general idea has been used before, but not in the entertaining way that Mr. Whitehead chose to explore it. My feeling at the end of this, is that it will now be included in my list of favourite books. A very unique and entertaining piece of work. Definitely worth the time to read.

  • M.M. Strawberry Reviews
    2019-04-13 06:23

    Armaggedon novels come in a variety, from comedic to serious, and this one is definitely comedic, but it is also well-written.I really liked this author's writing style. he has a good way of describing characters, like for example, his parents, not just in looks but in personality, and also describes tone and setting well.The story is presented with no small amount of comedy, and given the events that transpire, are really appropriate, especially when God assigns Seth to perform miracles. Seth also has some sibling rivalry with his older brother, Jesus (yes, you heard that right)Seth also meets the Anti-Christ, who is not quite what you would expect. Heck, Satan is not what you would expect either, and God as well. The author pulls this off all well, and the ending... well, depends on who is reading it, it may be what you expect... or not.Overall, this is a quirky and humorous take on End times and Armageddon, and is a book I would definitely recommend, if you're cool with an irreverent take on religion.

  • Hunter Jones
    2019-04-19 01:24

    The Reluctant Jesus is a witty and wry read. Duncan Whitehead has developed fantastic characters and a totally unexpected fictional concept. Where else will you find a hip hop Angel, an IT guru who also happens to be the Supreme Being and the Devil who is a gamer? The book's concept is fresh and most interesting. Seth has a privileged Jewish upbringing in NYC. His life is successful yet mundane until the revelation (sorry,couldn't resist) that he is the second messiah. He's unprepared but what can he do as his mother insists and then God calls, literally. This book does play with religious thoughts and philosophies, but it is fiction and readers shouldn't find it offensive at all due to it's humor and satirical nature.What if God really was one of us?

  • Dean Miller
    2019-04-21 01:30

    The Reluctant Jesus is a fun, frolicking story of a Jewish man destined to be the second coming of Jesus Christ (his half brother...or so the story goes.) Told in first person, Seth Miller has enjoyed 32 years of mediocrity while also enjoying personal success. But his life is upended when news from his parents informs him of his "destiny" and his impending dual with the son of Satan during the Apocalypse.Witty, well thought out and fast paced, this is one of my favorite reads of 2014. If you can't find humor in this novel, it's time to check your pulse. If you don't find one, just ask for Bernard.

  • Danielle Reaume
    2019-04-13 04:35

    Admittedly being a woman whose reading material typically leans more towards the romance genre, in particular paranormal/supernatural romance, I found myself drawn to Duncan Whitehead’s The Reluctant Jesus merely on the title alone. Particularly when Mr. Whitehead’s own description of it was “comedic novel”. I was intrigued at the idea of a novel with Jesus in it as a comedy, after all, I was born and raised a Catholic and I rarely found anything about my religion to be comedic. So when he asked for people to read and review a free copy of the book, I jumped at the opportunity. And I very happy I did.It’s the year 1999 and the possibility of Armageddon happening with the approaching end of the millennium is lost on most of the inhabitants of Earth. Including Seth Miller. Seth is a thirty two year old Jewish bachelor, living in Greenwich Village with his disinterested cat Walter. Seth is an architect, loves the New York Yankees and his best friend is Bob Nancy. He also has the stereotypical Jewish mother. Irma Miller, whose brashness knows no bounds, apparently doesn’t understand the concept of too much and loves to be the boss over everything, including her husband Ely’s business – and life.So imagine Seth’s surprise when his mother insists on a meeting at their home one evening. While curious at the urgency, Seth is in no way prepared for the news his parents have kept a secret for thirty two years. Seth Miller was born to the virgin Irma Miller and is actually the son of God, not Ely Miller. Despite their insistence they are telling the truth, Seth initially doesn’t buy it; he believes them to be both losing their minds – at the same time. Was it possible for two people to go crazy at the same time? He rations that it’s possible, until he receives a phone call from none other than God himself. Even then he isn’t completely convinced until God proves to Seth he isn’t going crazy himself. God tells Seth that he is the new Messiah and that it will be up to him to save the world from Armageddon. Seth, having no interest in being the second Messiah, the second son of God after Jesus or saving the world from Armageddon by fighting the anti-Christ, dismisses God. Ergo the reluctant Jesus.Especially when Seth establishes that God is somewhat of a flake. Not the booming voice from the Heavens with an undeniable fierceness, instead God in this story apparently suffers in part from ADHD. Unable to focus on the task at hand or the management his IT and administrative support staff (often who are blamed for any of His lapses), this God doesn’t exactly exude the capabilities of a commanding being. From there the story becomes a series of comedic situations where our hero Seth, along with his “disciples” Bob Nancy and the beautiful Maggie De Lynne (re: Magdalene, get it?), try to prove to the world that the Messiah has returned to Earth to save them all. From the first attempt at a miracle by “feeding the masses” which turns into a massive food poisoning of a boy scout-type troop to the (successful) attempt by Seth to walk on water to prove to the world who he is only to be mistaken for a terrorist attempting to kill Mayor Giuliani, Seth grows increasingly concerned of his position as the Messiah. Then he meets the small-framed, shy and socially awkward Anti-Christ Bill and suddenly Seth believes that he can beat Bill in the battle to save the world.This is a cleverly written and amusing story that is unlike any other book I have ever read. The humor is dry, witty and satirical; leaving the reader to wonder what our heroes are going to do to save the world, while still enjoying the humorous sides of dealing with the father-son dynamic, sibling rivalry, the End of Days and even the reluctant relationship between God and the Devil. Yet at the same time, I did not find it to be offensive to anyone’s sensibilities or religious beliefs; assuming the reader is willing to suspend any disbelief and just enjoy it as written. This is my first reading of Mr. Whitehead’s work and I found its premise is fresh and unexpected, yet thoroughly enjoyable. I often found myself laughing out loud. I would happily recommend this story to anyone, no matter your religion or faith. Enjoy it for what it is – a good romp of dry, witty humorous adventures of a normal man who becomes the Reluctant Jesus.

  • Kim Heimbuch
    2019-04-05 04:19

    While the cover might deceive you as some self-help, I’m at the bottom of my luck, whom do I turn too, religious guide, one turn of the book and you quickly will find that you just might have to read the synopsis twice to make sure you read it right. Yes, Seth Miller, thirty-two year old architect bachelor, is quite contently living the good life in New York’s Greenwich Village. That is until his mother informs him he is the son of God and the coming of Christ. Crazy parents, an error in the Bible, a phone call from God who just wants to retire and carry out other business adventure with Lucifer, and before you know it, Seth is taking on this role just in time for the encroaching Armageddon.Read the complete review on my website*This book was provided in exchange for an honest review*

  • Rhonda
    2019-04-11 06:32

    Want a bit of fun with God, Satan, the New Messiah, and the Anti-Christ? Did you like Monty Python's the Life of Brian? Then you will want to read The Reluctant Jesus. What a fun and thought provoking look into what it would have been like to see the second coming of Christ at the end of the twentieth century through the eyes of Seth, God's number two son and the new, but very reluctant, Messiah. You can read the synopsis above and the many reviews here. It really is as good or better than everyone is saying. I really enjoyed The Reluctant Jesus, it was hard to put down. How do you think you would fare as the messiah in this day and age? Thanks Duncan for such an enjoyable read!

  • Dermot Davis
    2019-04-05 01:36

    What if God was one of us? Just a slob like one of us. Just a stranger on the bus. Trying to make His way home? Okay, I'll admit to humming that Alanis Morisette song to myself as I was reading this very amusing yarn. Based on the author's description of God, I'll also admit to seeing John Cleese in my head every time he spoke or appeared. There are so many funny moments in this text that they are bound to bring up classic references from the world of comedy; everyone from Monty Python and Spike Milligan to Woody Allen and yes, quite possibly the Marx brothers. While tongue-in-cheek humor is subtle, it is also a difficult skill that is hard to successfully pull off. Luckily for the world, the British are masters of it and despite the American story, characters and setting, the author's wonderful British sensibility shines through. It's also worth mentioning that although religion is mentioned quite a lot, as far as I can tell, no religious groups were harmed during the narration of this story.

  • Kathy
    2019-03-27 02:21

    When Seth, a young Jewish man, is called upon by God to fight His final battle, a captivating story follows! This very “tongue-in-cheek” adventure is funny; the characters well thought out and fun to watch as they deal with the challenges put in their paths. The ending is totally unpredictable and I loved everything about this latest novel by Duncan Whitehead! In fact, I enjoyed this book so much that I have read it twice already!

  • Christine Gabriel
    2019-04-15 06:31

    The Reluctant Jesus was a fabulous read! It had quite an interesting plot and a little twist that I didn't foresee coming. Bravo Duncan Whitehead, you now have a fan!

  • Isabella
    2019-04-06 22:14

    I bought this book because it only cost about 2 USD. I guess it was so cheap because they saved money making it due to not hiring any editors and/or proofreaders. The amount of errors in this book had me in such terrible fits of rage that I can't even tell you about the story... I think there might have been something entertaining somewhere in there.

  • Lilian Roberts
    2019-03-22 02:36

    I received a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and unbiased review. I absolutely had not idea what I was getting into. It took only about a few pages into the plot and I was dumfounded. This book exceeded my expectations! It was a wonderful surprise a refreshing novel filled with amazing ideas, intriguing characters, and humor, lots of humor. Duncan Whitehead is a very talented author that provided a plot that was entertaining but it also made me dig deep into my conscious and give myself a self check about who I am all about, and what I am doing here. What I found intriguing was the idea of Jesus being here on earth living among us as a normal man. It makes me wonder what would people do if someone really did try to prove that he was Jesus. How would we judge him?The book was very charming and made it very difficult for me to put it down. It is written in an exceptional way that shows the author’s amazing ability to put out a fascinating story. It is truly an wonderful read.The author introduces a very likable character Seth Miller, who resides in New York. He is single and has a very successful job. It is a meeting with his mother that changes everything in his life, as he knew it. I honestly laughed a lot while going through the pages but I also found myself wondering… what if? Seth became the reluctant Jesus and he is utterly not ready to face the challenges presented to him, by God himself. God comes to him not in the strong deep voice from Heaven but a normal conversation. I thought it was extremely funny when he thought that God was crazy and suffering from ADHD. I laughed out loud when Seth and his disciples Bob Nancy and Maggie De Lynne try to tell everyone that Jesus is back on earth. The events that take place are hilarious and greatly enjoyable, especially when he gets the assignment of performing miracles and everything goes utterly haywire. Duncan Whitehead created characters that are very well liked and introduced a wonderful blend of emotions such as action, wonder, fascination, shock, humor, and amazement.This really was unlike any other novel I have ever ready and I loved it. I would be happy to recommend this book to any person that has an open heart and an open mind and is willing to spend a few hours enjoying a very well written book with a lot of humor, and adventures.

  • Jennifer (JC-S)
    2019-03-30 05:25

    ‘And that’s when I realized they were not kidding around. That’s when I realized that they believed every word they said was the truth.’Seth Miller, aged in his early thirties, is happy with his life. Seth is especially happy when the Yankees win, and as long as he can keep his mother away from his Greenwich Village apartment. But Seth’s life is turned upside down after a phone call from his mother inviting him for tea. Mrs Miller tells Seth that he is God’s youngest son: the second coming of Christ. After a phone call from God confirms this, Seth reluctantly assumes the role of the Messiah in what will be the final conflict between good and evil.‘I could imagine outraged Christians the world over disappointed that a tubby Jew was their new figurehead.’And so, Seth gathers unto himself some disciples: his best friend Bob Nancy helps him as he (with God’s help, naturally) performs miracles in order to try to inspire followers. Alas, things don’t always go according to plan, as God seems somewhat preoccupied. Will good triumph over evil? Will Walter the talking cat continue as God’s mouthpiece? Will Seth Miller find his true love with Maggie De Lynne? And how – exactly – will Seth and the anti-Christ wage this final battle?‘Once again, his forgetfulness had potentially devastating consequences.’I wasn’t sure what to expect when I started reading this novel, but within a few pages, I was laughing out loud. And why was I laughing while poor Seth was struggling to come to terms with his destiny? How mean of me. The truth is I loved the way Mr Whitehead put this story together. From Seth’s overbearing mother, to his poor timid father (the earthly one, not God) to Seth and his dilemma, the characters assisting him (especially Walter the talking cat) and his disciples: it is great fun.If comedic treatment of any aspects of Christianity offends you, then you may not enjoy this novel. If fast moving humour (with perhaps a hint or two of parody) amuses you, then you may find this novel as funny as I did.Note: I was offered, and accepted, a copy of this novel for review purposes.Jennifer Cameron-Smith

  • Cary Kostka
    2019-04-20 03:23

    I was most impressed at the author’s depth of character development. Mr. Duncan left no stone unturned as he dived deep into the psyche of each of the players in the story. This carried into his drawing out of each scene and to the way the plot unfolded as well. The structure was quite simply stellar.The story was written in a way to loosely, and with humor, follow one of the most known portions of the bible and to modernize it in witty way; keeping things loose yet tense at the same time. Although I felt as if I could “see it coming” for most of the book, Mr. Duncan threw enough curveballs into the plot that had me second guessing some of the events I thought for sure I knew would be coming next. I have seen some reviews noting sexist undertones within this book; please note that this is part of the character building and not the intent of the story, at least from my perspective. The religious tones in the book should not be offensive to most religious readers.The only critique I have about this story is that sometimes the humor and wittiness were a little too dry for my personal tastes. But, as this is purely a personal taste, which is always the case in regards to witty humor, do not let this deter you from cracking this book open.All in all, this was an excellent story that left no doubts as to the makeup of the characters, had an exciting plot with just the right amount of twists and turns to keep the reader engrossed. I have already lent the book out to a reader that is already quite ecstatic with it. I gave it 4 stars, but for someone that is much more into dry, witty humor than I am, this is easily a 5 star book.

  • Marsha Roberts
    2019-03-29 06:33

    The talking cat. That's what really did it for me. I was with Mr. Whitehead from the beginning of the book, highly amusing and entertaining read, but when God's voice came out of Walter-the-cat's mouth, I lost it. Yes, I laughed out loud: it's that funny!For anyone who knows me, I am an overtly spiritual person. I'm not easily offended and don't carry my beliefs on my sleeve, but I was wondering how the author could tackle this subject without stepping over the line and being offensive. But, he did it with a deft touch. When it's funny, it's funny, and you leave all of those sensitivities at the door and walk into a room full of gags, satire and hilarious characters and situations.If you want to read something that's funny when you least expect it and takes a unique approach to the subject of the-end-of-the-world-as-we-know-it while giving you a great ride at the same time, this is the book for you. I do highly recommend "The Reluctant Jesus" and I'm really glad it's not based on fact. We'd be in real trouble if it were!

  • Georgia Rose
    2019-04-04 01:06

    I took up the offer of reading and reviewing this book in exchange for a free copy. I was a little dubious at first wondering how I was going to get on with it as it is not the sort of book I would usually choose but I didn’t need to be. I loved Whitehead’s character descriptions throughout and he couldn’t have portrayed Seth as being more average if he had tried before pronouncing him as the new Messiah, albeit a reluctant one. For me this book wasn’t ‘laugh out loud’, apart from the bit describing God’s wrath which probably says more about my sense of humour, however it was very entertaining. Whitehead’s dry wit is effortless throughout his writing and I found his observational humour brilliant. I would also add that at no time did I find this book offensive so well was it written. This would really have got a 4.5 stars from me had I the option and I would recommend it to anyone with an open mind.

  • Shane O'Neill
    2019-03-24 06:12

    This is the second book in a month I have read by Mr Whitehead. Already he is becoming one of my favourite writers with his unique brand of humour and satire and excellent delivery. I laughed a lot reading this book, even moreso than with his last offering. It is an ingenious idea and story, akin to a modern-day version of Graham Chapman's Brian. I hate giving any spoilers away in my reviews as you have to read it for yourself. But I can promise you, this is a seriously good laugh from a seriously good writer. I would go as far as to say that Mr Whitehead is fast approaching the top of my "Person I'd most like to have dinner with" list. though I fear if I did sit down to eat with him, then I'd probably end up choking on something he said. Great entertainment AS ALWAYS!!!

  • Alejandro Canton-Dutari
    2019-03-25 03:28

    This book has so many reviews already that the author does not need mine. Nevertheless, I would like to share my thoughts about it....The second coming of Jesus -- or not? -- and the final battle between right and wrong -- or good and evil -- has been already dealt with in writing and movies. Though the wit and imagination that Duncan Whitehead got into action to produce a fun read is worth mentioning.The whole plot was so enjoyable that a few grammatical errorsI spotted did not decrease my merryment.

  • Christiane
    2019-04-02 23:22

    Whatever gave this man the idea that he could write ???I don't know about the story because I never finished the book but the writing is shockingly, painfully, embarrassingly bad.And to think that trees have to die for rubbish like that !!!

  • Alexandra Dunai
    2019-04-13 00:07

    Manu-val a Goodreads challenge.