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A memorable story told with humor and compassion
on 15 September 2013
I have to confess that, for the first 31 chapters, I found "And God Said, `Billy!'" one of the most difficult novels I have read. Difficult because it is a "bad book"? No; difficult because it is a remarkably good one,so good in fact that I was actually there. The story is about a young man named Billy who sees himself on a mission from God to make a blockbuster movie that God has ordered him to make. He sees himself as having no choice in the matter, since it was "God's voice" that spoke to him in such a clear and authoritative voice that he leaves his wife and small daughter, heads west, signs up for classes in script writing, and begins his search for a backer for his film. Is Billy delusional? To anyone involved in the charismatic movement in Christianity, he is not; but to me he is. With no resources at all other than the belief that "God will provide", he sets out on a journey that takes him to South Africa during Apartheid. But that is not, thankfully, quite the end of the story, even though it could have been at the hands of a murderous South African police officer named Vandermeer.
Is there release for Billy from the religious delusion he has spent his life in? Oh, yes; but just how it works out is for you to find out by reading this exceptional story told with tongue-in-cheek humor and compassion. I must say that the last line in the novel brought tears to my eyes.