Book of Nathan
Curt Weeden and Richard Marek
Oceanview Publishing (2010)
Reviewed by Leslie Granier for Reader Views (09/10)
“Book of Nathan” is a fictional story about one of the books of the Bible that is presumed to have been lost. The importance of this particular book is great because it is rumored to contain God’s opinion on when life begins. Is it at conception or sometime later when the soul is theorized to enter the body? This is significant in the debate over whether or not abortion should be considered murder. If the fetus does not become a person until ensoulment occurs, it is argued that abortion should be allowed. The Church and pro-life groups disagree because they believe personhood begins at conception. After an evangelical named Benjamin Kurios is found murdered, interest in finding his killer piques because he supposedly had a disk with the contents of the Book of Nathan on him when he died. Rick Bullock, who runs a homeless shelter, heads an investigation when one of his residents (Zeus) is accused of the murder.
The characters are quite unique in this story. Rick runs the shelter in homage to his late wife and will do anything to help people. Zeus is a mentally challenged man, but is harmless. There are also: the promiscuous niece of a mob boss and the lawyer who is smitten with her, a man with a contract out on his life, and an eccentric, unpredictable billionaire with a few surprising secrets.
This book is written for a broad adult audience but will resonate even more with those interested in religion, Bible study, or the abortion debate. An interesting dilemma appears in this book. If the writings in the Book of Nathan support the finder’s position on when life begins, he will obviously present the manuscript to the public. However, if the writings are contrary to his position, should he hide or destroy a part of history to prevent his views from being contradicted?
Although the story contains serious subject matter, it is quite humorous. Some of the verbal exchanges between the characters are priceless. The best scene involves the Kielbasavan – a rival company’s version of the Oscar Mayer Weinermobile. “Book of Nathan” is definitely worth reading and provides a basis that invites the reader to consider each side of the abortion issue.