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Reviewed by Shannon Winings for Readers' Favorite
What do a priest, a professor, and a veteran have in common? One could ponder all the ways, or I could tell you. Religion. They're not those you find in the front pew of every service and volunteering to pass out pamphlets after mass, though. The book starts with a conundrum: a religion professor who doesn't believe in God. Of course, a lack of belief in a topic doesn't mean you can't teach it. Aristotle did say that educated minds can entertain thoughts without accepting them. In The Jesus Nut by John Prather, readers join Professor Haley Berkshire, Jesse Morales, and Father Brian O’Shea through daily life, albeit with a religious undertone. While they are all undoubtedly unique, readers find them tied together on a journey to discover what was omitted from the Bible. Despite the general dullness of religion, the book is entertaining, comical, relatable, and anything but boring.
Frankly, I'm not sure I could list a book that I enjoyed more this summer than The Jesus Nut. It is easy to read, funny, quirky, well written, and relatable, especially as someone who grew up religious. That doesn't mean that this book is out to promote Christianity or religion, and the tone is never preachy. I found myself relating to Professor Berkshire the most, despite having rejected every religion she encountered. However, each character was meticulously placed in this book for a specific purpose, and readers will find themselves aching to see what's next. If you're looking for something with more twists and turns than a roller coaster and something far funnier than one, pick up The Jesus Nut by John Prather.