The Firstborn by Conlan Brown -book review

Don’t be put off by the cover. You need to read this!

There are times that people say something along the lines of, “this book was so good I couldn’t put it down.” For me, with this book, I literally couldn’t put it down and I read it cover to cover in one night. It’s that good!

Imagine if you could cross John Piper with J.K. Rowling – OK, that’s icky. Imagine if you could cross the theology of John Piper with the creativity and writing talents of J.K. Rowling – what you’d get is the incredible writing ability and style of Conlan Brown.

Set in the modern day, The Firstborn is a fictional tale (I think) of three groups of Christians who have similar but different spiritual gifts. Some see visions of the past, some see visions of the present and some see visions of the future. Each group distrusts the other groups because they don’t understand each others giftings and so are threatened by them.

Brown skilfully weaves a story of terrorists, kidnappings and power struggles with fear, mistrust and animosity and shows through it all how love, faith and obedience conquer all and are more important than anything else.

Walking the reader through opposing, yet very true to life, religious and political viewpoints and exposing some of the harsh realities of life in some countries today, Brown paints a picture that we can all relate to and learn from.

My wife and I generally figure that there are two kinds of books: The ‘should read’s’ (non-fiction) and the ‘want to read’s’ (fiction). Somehow, Conlan Brown has made this a ‘want to read’ while at the same time creating a work which I would without a doubt put on the ‘should read’ list.

If you can read this expertly written, thrilling, fast-paced, gripping story and come away without a greater sense of the need for unity within the Church and without a greater desire to love your enemies, I will be very shocked!

The Firstborn is published by Realms, an imprint of Strang Books, and can be purchased from Amazon:

here (paperback edition)
here (Kindle Edition)