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Matt was on staff here at Flying Colors in the '90s, along with he crew that included Sam, Alan, Roland, Gavin and Adrian. Since his time here, Matt has graduated from UC Riverside, been a high school teacher, a missionary in China and also graduated from Western Seminary.
So, yes, this is a book with a lot of Christian spiritual thought in it. It is also one of the better comedies you'll read in any genre. Starting in a laid-back Portland coffee shop, Matt encounters a dude who could be Jesus, a talking donkey and a wild man named Pete... who could just be an apostle.
IMAGINARY JESUS follows the trek of Matt, Pete and the donkey as they chase after the one they think is the real Jesus.
The quest even takes Matt and his cohorts back to FLYING COLORS. That's right, part of the novel is set right here in my favorite comic shop (and hopefully yours, too). All through this novel are reminders that Matt is really a comics geek disguised as a Christian thinker.
There's comedy gold in reading IMAGINARY JESUS ...and it may just help you on your personal quest to find the Real One while you're at it.
This is a book that can be enjoyed by believers and non-believers alike, as it veers far away from preachiness and sticks to the goal at hand--- delivering Matt from all the misconceptions he's carried about who Jesus is---and by extension, how Jesus is misunderstood in this world.
Congrats on the book, Matt!