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The covered bridge on Goshen Road, and the bench where Catherine first sees her hitchhiker.

Jesus in the Gospel of Catherine Deare

Jesus is a character in THE GOSPEL OF CATHERINE DEARE. His actions and personality were derived from the author's own study of the Canonic Gospels, while also taking the imaginative leap of transporting him to the time of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on America.

Popular culture has not been kind to Jesus. The Church ignores Mary’s DNA and makes him a pure god: he is perfect, gentle, loving, tranquil, and always patient in the face of his adversaries. Hollywood sticks with this interpretation, usually making Jesus the dullest character in his own story. On the flip side, there is an atheistic movement rising in recent years that refuses to acknowledge Jesus' godly authority, conceding (when the movement acknowledges his existence at all) that he was a superb teacher, but not granting him better than that.

The truth about Jesus lies somewhere in the middle.

The hero of THE GOSPEL OF CATHERINE DEARE travels with Jesus on a day-to-day basis, experiencing a closeness that neither Hollywood nor the Gospels can convey. Catherine shares Jesus’ routines, has chatty conversations with him that never once mention beatitudes, and watches him interact with a world that sometimes welcomes him and often does not. She witnesses his sense of humor and sudden dark moods. As her love for this immortal man grows deeper, she discovers how much he needs her love. And the price they will both pay for it.

Copyright by Mike Colahan