The Jesus Factory

Christian - Fiction
242 Pages
Reviewed on 05/12/2012
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Author Biography

Scott Lindquist, C.P.P., C.P.S.
Scott Lindquist is a certified crime prevention practitioner and crime prevention specialist.
He is a graduate of the Florida Crime Prevention Training Institute, and is a published author of three non-fiction books on rape prevention. He has been featured internationally in Cosmopolitan magazine (both US & UK) as well as other magazines in the Caribbean and in Australia. He has given hundreds of crime prevention seminars and been interviewed on hundreds of TV and radio stations worldwide. He has made it his life’s work to find solutions to violence against women. This new fiction work carries on his commitment to find solutions to gender injustice at its very core. He is a committed follower of the Christ and is a member of Unity. The Jesus Factory is his first foray into fiction and represents his own search for a more compassionate inclusive faith. Please see The Jesus Factory's website for more information:

Scott and his wife, Rev. Sydney Magill-Lindquist, have a weekly progressive interfaith radio show on Blog Talk Radio, which highlights the common bonds that all faiths have in common. Please see the radio show website for more information, and where you can listen/download all our archived shows:

    Book Review

Reviewed by Lori Moore for Readers' Favorite

Remember how Dan Brown’s “The DaVinci Code,” while being fiction, got people talking about their beliefs or lack of belief in organized religion? “The Jesus Factory” by Scott Lindquist is such a book. Through a fictional story, Lindquist presents a story about the lost message of a hidden apostle and the main character’s (Pete) search for spiritual truth. Much as Jesus presented lessons in the form of parables in the Bible, this story unfolds in the same way in that it really is a lesson or a thought-provoking issue for each reader as an individual but they are reading it as part of a story of someone else’s struggle.

Before I became a Christian, I hated televangelists and what I thought of as “organized religion” because those issues have been so manipulated by some that it is enough to turn you against God. “The Jesus Factory” addresses those very same issues and invites the reader to think for himself about spiritual matters, while actually drawing the reader nearer to a relationship with God. Pete, the focal character in the book, has to reconcile his beliefs with his experiences of preachers using the Bible as a weapon to humiliate and control people and the petty politics of church congregations.

Christians, non-Christians, agnostics, and seekers will all enjoy this book because the plot is good and the story line is relatable. There is a theme in the book about empowering women and gender equality that isn’t overdone. It is a good read, but may be an emotional rollercoaster for some.